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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

A Fantastic Reading List on e-books and e-readers in libraries from Sue Polanka

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 26, 2011 - 7:30am

On August 4 and August 11, Sue Polanka will present the two-part Workshop, Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. Our workshop presenters recommend advance readings to encourage learning and focused discussion. Whether you're planning to attend this event or not, check out the reading list Sue has put together--it's a fantastic overview of what librarians need to know about e-books and e-readers right now. You can register for this workshop, at either an individual or group rate at the ALA Store. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 21, 2011 - 2:23pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library  with Meredith Farkas. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here. Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

Here are a few questions  that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library (Part 2)

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 20, 2011 - 2:52pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here.

Here are a few questions  that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 13, 2011 - 2:44pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here. Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

You can send the presenters questions for session 2 by e-mail if you like!

Jason: jason.vaughan-at-unlv.edu Tamera:tamera.hanken-at-unlv.edu

Here are some of the big discussion points that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Meredith Farkas on Mobile Services and the Mobile Library Future

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 11, 2011 - 8:18am

If you try to keep your library on the cutting edge, you probably know Meredith Farkas. Meredith, Head of Instructional Services at Portland State University in Oregon and an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science, has been writing about social networking, libraries on the web and mobile technology just about as long as anyone. Later this month, Meredith will be facilitating the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library, where she'll provide practical guidance on how to establish and/or enhance your library's mobile presence and services. I spoke with Meredith about what Mobile can do for the library, libraries that have already implemented interesting services and programs, and where she sees this all going in the future. Whether your planning on attending the workshop or not, check out what she has to say. Read More »


Archive of the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 8, 2011 - 2:58pm

We just finished up our fantastic webinar, the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup. Our panelists did a fantastic job of covering what went on tech-wise at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference from many different angles. If you missed the live event, the archive is available here:

https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=3992967&rKey=02b26f24f913b7b6

Jason Griffey's presentation begins at 4:06

Kate Sheehan's presentation begins at 19:50

Sue Polanka's presentation begins at 32:28

Marshall Breeding's presentation begins at 50:03


Tom Peters Interviews Tom Mercer from 3M About the new 3M Cloud Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 5, 2011 - 8:15pm

As you probably heard, last week at the ALA Annual Conference, 3M announced the launch of its new Cloud Library e-Book Lending Service. This new service is a comprehensive platform that offers a broad range of options for libraries looking to lend e-books and even e-readers to patrons. 

Before the announcement, our own Tom Peters conducted an interview with 3M's Tom Mercer, the product development manager for the Cloud Library Project. The interview, conducted via Adobe connect, is available for viewing here: http://connectpro98649235.adobeconnect.com/p7jk6ftrwt6/ .

 


The Annual Tech Wrapup: A Free ALA TechSource Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 21, 2011 - 7:46am

We're happy to announce that we'll be wrapping up ALA Annual 2011 with an exciting ALA TechSource Webinar! Don't miss this free event--our panel of experts will discuss what they learned and what stood out at Annual Conference. From ebooks to tablets to RFID and library systems, you'll get insightful perspective on the technology buzz in New Orleans!

You can register for this event, which takes place on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00 Central/1:00 Mountain/Noon Pacific and lasts 90 minutes, here: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/onstage/g.php?p=23&t=m. Read More »


Using Technology in Library Management, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 9, 2011 - 2:06pm

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Earlier today's we held the second session of Kenley Neufeld's workshop Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Communication and Administration. Kenley discussed a number of different tools, and how they can make life as a library administrator easier, while making communication with staff faster and better.

Here are some tools Kenley discussed today: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Building the Digital Branch

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 8, 2011 - 2:24pm