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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Catching up with David Lee King

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 5, 2010 - 9:15am

David Lee King certainly doesn't need anyone to give him a voice--whether on his blog, through presentations or in publications, when David talks about libraries and technology, people listen. We received tons of positive feedback on David's August 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, Building the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Transforming Your Library Website and accompanying webinar.

I had a chance to chat briefly with David and see what kind of feedback he received on this work, and what else he's up to. Read More »

Archive: TechTrends Midwinter 2010 Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 1, 2010 - 2:47pm

The archive of our Webinar TechTrends: Midwinter 2010 is now available. We've posted the audio and visual aspects of the event to Vimeo and the slides to slideshare. Thanks to all who attended, our wonderful panelists Jason Griffey, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kate Sheehan and Greg Landgraf, and our sponsor, the SirsiDynix Institute.


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Putting Technology to Work: Notes from A Presentation at VALA 2010

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 25, 2010 - 2:39pm

I am pleased to announce that the first paper from the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar project was published as part of the proceedings of VALA 2010, a conference held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia two weeks ago. VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. Read More »

TechTrends Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 12, 2010 - 9:19am

Our webinar, TechTrends: Midwinter 2010, was a huge success! We had some great presentations and some lively discussion. We tackled some exciting topics. Just to name a few: Read More »

Technology Essentials 2010: WebJunction Online Conference

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 1, 2010 - 1:25pm

In the wake of the 2010 Midwinter meeting, there's been a lot of talk about unconferences and online conferences. A rough economy and the inconvenience of long-distance travel, combined with the proliferation of Web 2.0, VoIP and other tools for instantaneous online communication have led to a significant increase in the popularity of online events. Our own Tom Peters has written quite a bit about this topic on the blog and in Smart Libraries Newsletter. Read More »

TechTrends: Mid-Winter 2010

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 28, 2010 - 9:19am

The ALA Midwinter meeting provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how technology is continuing to transform the library world. Between the exhibition floor and the variety of technology-related events, the conference can provide attendees with an overview of where library technology is, and where it may be going. Of course, for various reasons, many librarians weren't able to attend, and many who did found themselves spread too thin to attend every technology-related event they might have wanted to.  Read More »

Focus on Metadata: Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 19, 2010 - 11:27am

Today, we face a significant time of change that is being prompted by today’s library user. This user no longer visits the physical library as his primary source of information, but seeks and creates information while connected to the global computer network. The change that libraries will need to make in response must include the transformation of the library’s public catalog from a stand-alone database of bibliographic records to a highly hyperlinked data set that can interact with information resources on the World Wide Web. The library data can then be integrated into the virtual working spaces of the users served by the library.

--Karen Coyle Read More »

WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 14, 2010 - 3:11pm

As part of our continuing partnership with WebJunction, ALA TechSource presents WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond, a Webinar with Joshua Dodson and Laura Slavin on Wednesday, February 10th at noon Eastern. Read More »

Focus on Library Metadata

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 11, 2010 - 1:40pm

TechSource is kicking off the new year by turning our focus to a concept at the very core of library technology--library metadata. With all of the discussion about Google, ILS, Social Networking and eBooks, the major trends, developments and transformations in how library data is organized, managed and utilized often get overlooked.

Library Technology Reports will kick 2010 off with a double-dose of Library Data. Karen Coyle has authored our January and February issues. Read More »

ILS and Customization--Join the Discussion!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 7, 2009 - 3:47pm

When it comes to the modern ILS, customization is all the rage. Marshall Breeding addresses this trend in the December issue of Library Technology Reports:

Over the last few years, Web services and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) have become dominant themes in IT across many industries. Web-based computing, service-orientation, and cloud computing increasingly displace the client/server approach favored by libraries in the past.

In library automation, one major trend involves evolving or rebuilding automation systems to adopt this new approach to software. Purveyors of both open source and proprietary library automation products increasingly emphasize the ways in which they embrace openness, support application programming interfaces (APIs), or implement Web services.
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