Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 27, 2010 - 8:52am
Earlier today, we held the first session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, New Models of Metadata with Karen Coyle, was a huge success--there were so many questions that we didn't have time to answer or resolve the conversation on all of them. The following are some questions for continued discussion. Karen Coyle will be chiming in via comments--please join her. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 26, 2010 - 11:46am
We're happy to announce this two-session workshop in the important topic of social networking tools and their use in the library.
The popularity of social networking software—tools like Twitter, Facebook and blogs—continues to skyrocket, particular among younger populations. For libraries in the 21st century, a presence on these social networking sites is an essential part of library outreach and patron services. In this exclusive event, librarians and social software experts David Lee King and Robin Hastings will teach you about what tools you can use to engage with your patrons and the best practices for using them.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 25, 2010 - 9:56am
We’re happy to announce that starting this week, Andromeda Yelton will be joining us as a guest blogger. We’re excited to add Andromeda’s perspective to our blog. She’s an active new voice in the LIS community, and she’ll giving us her perspective on digital divide issues, the changing face of library instruction and the role of technology in bridging the gaps between communities.
Andromeda has a BA in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, an MA in Classics from Tufts, and recently completed her MLS from Simmons. A former middle school Latin teacher, she currently lives in the Boston area and is looking for full-time LIS work. She blogs at http://www.andromedayelton.com/. Check out her first post here.
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 12, 2010 - 9:35am
When we created the new ALA Editions blog, one thing that we were very excited about was giving our authors a place for expansion and further discussion of their work. This was especially important for technology-oriented writers, because when a book on a tech topic is published, the topic remains fluid, discussion continues, and updates are often needed.
Sue Polanka's No Shelf Required: eBooks in Libraries is a perfect example. While the book itself provides a perfect starting point for any librarian who is interested in implementing an eBook program, we all know that discussion of the general topic is heating up, not cooling down. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 11, 2010 - 10:33am
If you're a librarian, you probably understand the pressures involved in managing your library's online resources. Libraries of all size and type invest a significant portion of their budgets in the acquisition of electronic resources. In addition to implementing and administering these resources, ibrarians are responsible for analyzing and demonstrating their cost-effectiveness.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 5, 2010 - 9:46am
You don't have to be Jeff Bezos to know that the publishing industry is changing dramatically. Ten years ago, books, magazines, journals and reports were pretty much the same as they'd ever been--head to the library, check them out, smell that great papery smell and enjoy. Today, eReaders, tablets and a wealth of other technologies have taken print publishing for a ride that doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. The industry has changed, and continues to change as new technologies that supplement or replace print publishing emerge. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 27, 2010 - 1:12pm
We’re pleased to announce that after a hiatus of almost two years, Michele Boule is returning to the ALA TechSource blog! We’re excited to have Michelle back with us, and just as she did before, she’s going to give us her unique insight into library technology.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on August 13, 2010 - 10:58am
Our goal in producing ALA TechSource Workshops is to provide a source of cost-effective, interactive, hands-on training. When it comes to using technology save your library money and increase its efficiency, you want to learn from someone who is part of your profession and has faced the same problems you face. In that spirit, we’re happy to announce our newest TechSource workshop, Using Technology in Library Training with Paul Signorelli.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 28, 2010 - 9:12am
The rescheduled TechTrends: Annual 2010 Webinar took place yesterday, and was a smashing success. Thanks to all of our participants and panelists, who helped make it such a great event. We also want to thank Michael Stephens and Jason Griffey, who were both unable to participate in the rescheduled event, but contributed by posting their slides and a rundown of their TechTrends on the blog (Jason's Trends are here and Michael's are here).
Below you'll find the following, in this order:
- Video and Audio of the Event
- Jason Griffey's Slides
- Michael Stephens' Slides
- Marshall Breeding's Slides
- Kate Sheehan's Slides
- Tom Peters' Slides
Enjoy the archive! We'll see you at the next TechSource Webinar. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 15, 2010 - 2:45pm
Texting. The cloud. E-books. Location-based services. Mobile devices, virtual worlds, microblogging, wikis, social media, and so on. What do these things have in common? They have all taken their turn as “the next big thing.” There’s never a been a shortage of up-and-coming library technologies, but while some prove to be revolutionary, others flame out just as quickly. Confusing matters even more, the next big thing might pan out great for Library A, but crash and burn for Library B. We all work with limited resources, so when we invest in a new tool or service, we want confidence our time and funds go towards something lasting and useful (rather than a lot of hype). Read More »