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Live streaming from O'Reilly's TOC Conference, February 14 - 15

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 13, 2012 - 1:22pm

O'Reilly Media is hosting the TOC Conference in New York City starting today and running through Wednesday. The conference brings together publishing and technology professionals to explore new strategies, platforms, and business models.

ALA TechSource has selected a few presentations of interest to the library community to stream from our website. Follow the link for a description of the presentations and tune in tomorrow and Wednesday. All times are Eastern. Read More »

O'Reilly's Joe Wikert on Publishing Technology and Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2012 - 12:28pm

Joe Wikert is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. He is also Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishers conference (TOC). TOC 2012 is February 13-15 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. ALA TechSource readers can save 15 percent by registering with coupon code AMLIB, in addition to discounts offered to librarians.

Joe follows new developments in publishing technology and emerging platform. ALA TechSource asked a few questions to get his perspective on public libraries.

ALA TechSource: Some public libraries are looking at ways they can be developers of content, helping people in their communities publish content of interest to their communities. The "hyper-local" approach. Drawing from your knowledge of start-up publishing platforms, what opportunities do you see for libraries? Read More »

RMG Presidents' Seminar Explores Library Technology Trends

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 19, 2012 - 11:57am

RMG Consultants will lead their 22nd Annual Presidents' Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012, at ALA's Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center (Rooms A201/A202) . This year's theme is "Invasion of the Customer Snatchers into a Saturated and Content-Driven ILS Marketplace"

Senior executives of library technology companies will answer questions from moderator Rob McGee of RMG as well as the audience. Smart Libraries Newsletter editor Marshall Breeding will weigh in as a special commentator along with RMG's Geoff Payne. The companies and panelists expected this year are: Read More »

Free Webinar: Organizational Storytelling

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 21, 2011 - 3:07pm

The stories that we  exchange with family and friends this holiday season will express shared values, who we are, and where we’re from. Organizational management experts encourage us to explore the benefits of using stories at work .  ALA TechSource is teaming up with WebJunction to offer the free webinar “Organizational Storytelling: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy,” on January 10, 2012, with Kate Marek and Chris Reppel.  Register todayat  WebJunction:

Below is an excerpt from Kate Marek’s book Organizational Storytelling. We’ll be offering webinar participants a discount on the book.  Read More »

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 15, 2011 - 11:56am

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012 will take place February 13-15, at the New York Marriott Marquis. ALA TechSource will be covering the conference on the blog, with preliminary interviews with presenters and live webcasts on topics of interest to libraries; and we have a special offer. Read More »

Digital Literacy in US Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 30, 2011 - 6:56pm

Excerpted from the Library Technology Reports August / September 2011 (vol. 47, no. 6) “The Transforming Public Library Infrastructure,” ALA Office for Resarch and Statistics. Chapter 6 “Digital Literacy Center Stage, Larra Clark and Marijke Visser. Learn how to use the data from from the study in a free WebJunction webinar November 1, 2011. See the archive and resources page.

While information literacy has been well defined over the past two decades in our school and academic libraries, public libraries are newer to formal instruction in this arena. For many public libraries, teaching basic computers skills—in classes or as needed—has become a requirement as critical interactions with employers and government agencies demand it from those seeking resources and opportunities and as these individuals come to the library to access such resources. With computer skill classes now a regular part of the library landscape, it is time to raise the bar and expand patrons’ digital fluency and evaluation skills. Read More »

New Offers on ALA TechSource Subscriptions

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 18, 2011 - 12:14pm

This summer we ran a special offer of $99 for our ALA TechSource online subscription -- access to Libary Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter. We’ve extended the deadline another couple of weeks to October 31, 2011. This unprecedented offer is hard to be beat. You’ll receive 8 Library Technology Reports and 12 issues of Marshall Breeding’s Smart Libraries Newsletter, plus access to an archive. To place an order, use this form.

We’ve also lowered our prices and made online access (through MetaPress) standard for purchasers of print subscriptions. We will be making online access available to existing print subscribers during the next couple of months. For a pricing list, see Purchase Publications.

Product News: OverDrive 3rd Quarter Results Show Spike in Ebook Use

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 14, 2011 - 12:39pm

OverDrive released 3rd quarter 2011  traffic and ciruclation statisics a few days ago. Through September 30, the 15,000 libraries in the OverDrive network showed nearly triple the number of eBook checkouts versus all of 2010, as well as more than 2 million new users. Below are details. Read More »

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Product News: Boopsie to Offer Mobile Apps in Spanish

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 16, 2011 - 1:03pm

Boopsie will debut a Spanish language version of its mobile app at the REFORMA conference starting today in Denver,CO.

Boopsie apps are available in all languages using the Latin alphabet. Customers are responsible for content translation. REFORMA chapters are available to assist libraries with Spanish language services. See the REFORMA website for a list of chapters.

According to a recent Pew study, Smartphone adoption among Hispanics is among the highest in the country at 45 percent.

Full press release on PRWeb.

Subject Guides Born Again with Social Media Tools

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 8, 2011 - 9:48am

Are you attending Buffy Hamilton’s September 20th Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library? Give some time to her preliminary readings. Even if you haven’t registered for the workshop, this list is worth a read for anybody who creates subject guides. Read More »