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Integrated Library Systems: Open Source and Customization--A Webinar with Marshall Breeding

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 19, 2009 - 9:21am

As part of our ongoing partnership with WebJunction, we’re thrilled to announce the next in our series of Webinars--Integrated Library Systems: Open Source and Customization with Marshall Breeding.

Currently, the focus in the ILS market is on customizability. How much ability does a library’s software give the end-user, their institution and its IT staff when it comes to modifying the ILS to suit their specific needs? When they do have the ability to customize the program, how deep does the customization run? Is it accessible? User friendly? Read More »

American Libraries Covers the 2009 LITA Forum

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 5, 2009 - 10:49am

As many of you know, the 2009 LITA Forum took place this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. While we didn't have a physical presence at the conference, modern technology and networking softened this barrier a bit for us. Throughout the week, we'll providing some coverage and highlights from a number of different perspectives. To start things off, we're proud to syndicate some coverage from American Libraries' Sean Fitzpatrick, who covered the weekend like a blanket for Inside Scoop.

Sean started by summarizing the keynote address from Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information: Read More »

Building the Digital Branch for the 21st Century: A Webinar with David Lee King

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 2, 2009 - 8:32am

We're proud to announce that in collaboration with WebJunction, ALA TechSource will be hosting a Webinar with recent Library Technology Reports author David Lee King. Read More »

Annual 2009: Let the Games Begin

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 10, 2009 - 8:52pm

Annual kicked off today, and at one of Chicago's swankier hotels I took part in a distinctly non-swanky event: Open Gaming Night. In an elegant ballroom at the downtown Hilton, a group of professionals from around the country gathered to kick back, socialize and have some fun. Read More »

TechSource Forum: Annual is Coming!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 2, 2009 - 7:54am

Annual is just around the corner. Our bloggers discuss what they're most looking forward to this year in the Windy City: Read More »

Chatting with Char Booth

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 8, 2009 - 12:55pm

Char Booth is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and one of ALA's Emerging Leaders, and is a voice of growing prominence in the Library Technology community. As the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, Char works at a unique intersection of technology, advocacy, public service, and education. Char blogs at info-mational and will be the author of an issue of Library Technology Reports in 2010.

Char recently authored Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (A Research Report), which examines one institution's attempt to modify its own technological and organizational makeup by better understanding its local users. Char places the story in the context of a thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis of academic library usage and technology patterns.
I had a chance to talk with Char about her work and the changes she sees coming in our libraries. Read More »

Welcome to ALA TechSource's New Website!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 4, 2009 - 2:56pm

ALA TechSource has launched, a new electronic archive and delivery platform for Library Technology Reports (LTR) and Smart Libraries Newsletter (SLN) using MetaPress, the world’s largest scholarly content host. In addition to the MetaPress archive, ALA TechSource has rebuilt its core Website using Drupal, an open-source content management system popular with other library Websites.

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Robin Hastings discusses Collaborative Work

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 3, 2009 - 8:25am

The new issue of Library Technology Reports, "Collaboration 2.0" by Robin Hastings is hitting the shelves this week. Robin is the Information Technology Manager for the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City, Missouri. She manages the library’s network, websites and training classes, as well as a four person staff who keep the library’s computers running while she’s off presenting at conferences. Given Robin's extensive experience in technology training and online collaborative work, she is the perfect person to discuss how technology has led to a revolution in the way that librarians can collaborate.

I had a chance to interview Robin recently about her LTR, and just how far this revolution in collaborative work can go.
Dan Freeman: So your topic for this issue is Collaboration 2.0. Can you define this concept for us?
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A TechSource Blogger Forum: E-Readers and Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 21, 2009 - 9:42am

The release of the Kindle 2 has set of a firestorm of speculation about how e-readers are going to transform (destroy?) the publishing industry. Anything with the potential to transform reading has the potential to transform librarianship. If widely adopted, these e-readers have the potential to allow libraries new ways to house and circulate material. But could there be downsides as well?  Jason, Tom and Cindi weigh in with their predictions on how e-readers are going to change librarianship in coming years. Read More »

April LTR: Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 17, 2009 - 3:55pm

LTR_April_Cover_MiniApril's issue of Library Technology Reports, "Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries" by John Houser, is out this week.

In a time where an economic downturn and concerns about climate change are influencing library managers’ decisions, many libraries are looking for ways to save money and reduce environmental impact. Open source operating systems and software applications can decrease power utilization while providing a positive patron experience.

In this issue of LTR, technology consultant and open-source software expert John Houser explores three different approaches to using Open Source Workstations in libraries. The first approach is simply to replace the Windows operating system with a Linux distribution on every PC. The second approach was to utilize a multi-user configuration, based on Linux, which supports two to six users on a workstation. The third approach is to use the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) software to run a terminal session for every user from a central server or set of servers. This thin-client approach can support a large number of users connected to one server—50 or more, if the server is configured appropriately.
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