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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Sue Polanka Discusses E-books, E-readers, and Librarians

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 12, 2011 - 9:34am

In 2 weeks, Sue Polanka's ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library will begin. I spoke with Sue a bit about the popularity in e-readers, what she'll cover in her workshop and what attendees can learn.

Dan Freeman: So we all know that e-readers are exploding in popularity. There’s a lot being written and a lot of new products coming out. For librarians, what is the most important thing (or things) to understand?

Sue Polanka: Formats, compatibility, eReaders and eReading apps, and the myriad procedures necessary to begin an eReader lending program. 

DF: What topics will you be covering in the workshop? Read More »


Paul Signorelli and Char Booth Discuss the Role of Web Analytics in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 7, 2011 - 9:49am

There's no question that Web Analytics are becoming a big deal for any organization or business that has a web presence and provides and level of service on the Web. In their upcoming ALA TechSource Workshop, Paul Signorelli and Char Booth will show you how to make web analytics work for the library. I had a chance to ask them some questions about web analytics generally, and what they'll be covering in their workshop. Read More »


What's on tap for ALA TechSource in 2011?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 4, 2011 - 10:26am

Happy new year, everyone! We at ALA TechSource want to thank all of our readers, customers and supporters for helping make 2010 a great year for us. We're looking forward to 2011, and wanted to give you a preview of what to expect from us on the blog, in our publications, and in our Workshops this year.

The ALA TechSource blog will continue to be the place to go for insight and perspective on the latest library technology trends, library automation industry news, and the transformation of the information world. In 2010, we added guest blogger Andromeda Yelton, and we look forward to incorporating more voices to increase the scope and variety of diagloue here on the blog. Although we faced the tough loss of Michael Stephens as a blogger at the end of last year, the rest of our phenomenal team will continue their great work in 2011. Read More »


Register Now for our FREE Webinar: Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 3, 2011 - 11:25am

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 won't be able to attend, and many who do will find themselves spread too thin to attend every technology-related event they might want to. 

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ALA TechSource Workshop: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 14, 2010 - 10:37am

We're happy to announce another ALA TechSource Workshop--Using E-Books and E-Readers in Your Library with Sue Polanka.

With the recent explosion in the popularity of eReading devices, many librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate these devices into their services and collection. In  two 90-minute sessions on January 25th and February 1st, 2011 at 4:00pm Eastern, Sue Polanka will provide practical guidance on how to begin purchasing eBooks for your library to lend electronically and how to purchase eReader devices for patron use. The first session will provide a basic primer on acquiring eBooks, while the second will provide an overview of the issues surrounding library lending of eBook readers. 

Topics covered will include: Read More »


Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 9, 2010 - 3:23pm

CHICAGO—ALA TechSource announces the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries. This special issue was produced in collaboration with The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and includes contributions from Jason Griffey, Sarah Houghton-Jan, and Eli Neiburger. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Social Software and the Library, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 8, 2010 - 3:24pm

Earlier today, Robin Hastings and David Lee King held the second session of their ALA TechSource Workshop Facebook, Twitter and More: Using Social Software in the Library. The following are some of the questions asked during the session. Robin and David will be chiming in via comments, and you can as well. Read More »


ALA TechSource Workshop: Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data, with Char Booth and Paul Signorelli

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 7, 2010 - 11:35am

ALA TechSource announces the latest in its series of Online Workshops--Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data, with Char Booth and Paul Signorelli. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Social Software and the Library, Session 1

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 1, 2010 - 3:26pm

Earlier today, Robin Hastings and David Lee King held the first session of their ALA TechSource Workshop Facebook, Twitter and More: Using Social Software in the Library. The following are some of the questions asked during the session. Robin and David will be chiming in via comments, and you can as well.

  • What kind of training is involved in getting staff to use meebo and other chat-based tools? How much time do you think a library needs to commit?
  • Can you share some samples of policy statements for posting on Facebook, blogs, etc?
  • Can you share some ideas for getting people to participate in, rather than just looking at, your Facebook activity

Preliminary Reading Material Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 17, 2010 - 4:52pm

Earlier today, we held the second session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web with Diane Hillmann, completed the successful series. The following are resources and questions for discussion or explanation. Diane Hillmann will be chiming in via comments--please join her. Read More »