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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Cody Hanson on Libraries and the Mobile Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 2, 2011 - 10:04am

Cody Hanson is a guy who knows his way around the mobile web. In his new issue of Library Technology Reports, which will hit the ALA Store and our MetaPress site next week, his introduction talks about his ongoing fascination with mobile devices, which started when these devices had just become available to the public:

"I found myself on a Saturday morning in the fall of 2003 waiting in my car for my local GameStop to open. That October week had seen the release of what I was convinced was a groundbreaking convergence gadget: the videogame- and MP3-playing, Web-browsing smartphone. I was waiting for the privilege of exchanging hard-won U.S. currency for a Nokia N-Gage

If you’re familiar with the N-Gage, you’re likely wiping away tears from derisive laughter. If not, allow me to explain why the N-Gage holds a special place in the hall of fame of misguided, poorly designed gadgets." Read More »


Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 22, 2011 - 10:35am

We're really excited to announce another ALA TechSource Workshop, Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with our very own Jason Griffey. Read More »


Cody Hanson to Tackle Libraries & The Mobile Web with ALA TechSource

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 7, 2011 - 11:25am

In the library world, there aren't a lot of topics hotter than the mobile web, and in February and March, ALA TechSource will be here to provide you with some guidance on this topic from one of the most knowledgable people in the field, Cody Hanson. Later this month, we'll publish Cody's issue of Library Technology Reports, "Libraries and Mobile Services", and on Wednesday, March 9th, Cody will lead the ALA TechSource Workshop "Making Mobile Services Work for Your Library."

Library services for mobile devices like Smartphones and iPads are becoming more and more common. As these devices explode in popularity, it is important that libraries are able to offer their patrons services and resources through them. In his Report and in his workshop, Cody Hanson will provide a foundation for launching, maintaining and expanding mobile services in your library. Read More »


Jason Vaughan Discusses Web Scale Discovery Systems

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 4, 2011 - 10:11am

For people in the library systems world, it's no secret that Web Scale Discovery Systems are a big deal. As Jason Vaughan explains in the new issue of Library Technology Reports, " These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today’s information seekers expect."

Jason's report provides never-before-seen insight into these services and what their potential to transform library systems. The report describes in detail the content, interface, and functionality of web scale discovery services developed by four major library vendors: OCLC, Serials Solutions, Ebsco, and Ex Libris, and provides context and background on each vendor. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 27, 2011 - 4:32pm

We just wrapped up the second and final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. This session, How Libraries Analyze and Act focused on specific examples of libraries that are using analytics, and how librarians can practically incorporate analytics into their own facilities.

We’re listing some questions from today’s presentation for future discussion. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 25, 2011 - 5:43pm

We just wrapped up the first session of Sue Polanka’s workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. There’s no doubt that E-Books and E-Readers are a hot topic for librarians right now (not to mention for the general public as well), and discussion during the workshop certainly reflected that.

With over 250 people attending the workshop, there was certainly room for more discussion than we had time for in 90 minutes. Here are a few questions that were asked during the workshop. Please continue the discussion of these, and any other questions you might have in the comments area. Sue will be chiming in. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics, Session 1

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 20, 2011 - 4:32pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. This first session, The Basics of Turning Numbers into Action, focused on defining the concepts of web analytics, comparing different tools and understanding the visualization of data.

The fantastic presentation was accompanied by some vibrant Q & A and discussion, and to continue the conversation, we’re posting a few questions for continued discussion to the blog. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in and discuss via comments on this post. Paul and Char will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »


Archive from the Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 19, 2011 - 6:28pm

The 2011 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrap-up was a huge success. We had great presentations from our panel, and great participation from our audience. We want to extend a spcial thanks to our sponsor, Mango Languages for making this event possible.

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What to Expect at the Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 15, 2011 - 8:24am

We're getting excited about Wednesday's free ALA TechSource webinar, the Midwinter Tech Wrapup. Our expert panel is going to help provide some perspective on what went on at the conference (and in Jason Griffey's case, that will also include the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show). Whether you were there and want some more perspective on what you saw, or you missed the conference and want to catch up, this will be a great event.

Here's a preview on what they'll be discussing:

Tom Peters Read More »