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David Lee King and Robin Hastings Discuss Social Networking and the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 16, 2010 - 9:07am

We’re really excited about our upcoming workshop Using Social Software in Library Marketing: Facebook, Twitter and More with David Lee King and Robin Hastings. The Workshop takes place on December 1st and 8th, 2010, in two 90-minute sessions, both at 2:30pm Eastern.

I had a chance to talk a bit with Robin and David about what they are going to cover during this unique learning event.

You can register for this event at the ALA Store.

Dan Freeman: So how would you describe the focus of this workshop? What will people be able to get out of it? Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 10, 2010 - 4:29pm

Earlier today, we held the second session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments with Chris Oliver, was a huge success--with more questions than we could answer. The following are some questions for continued discussion. Chris Oliver will be chiming in via comments--please join her.

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Continuing the Conversation: New Models of Metadata

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 27, 2010 - 7:52am

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 »


ALA TechSource Workshop: Using Social Software in the Library: Facebook, Twitter and More

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 26, 2010 - 10:46am

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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Welcome Guest Blogger Andromeda Yelton!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 25, 2010 - 8:56am

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.


New on the ALA Editions Blog: TechSource Bloggers Discuss eBook Summit with Sue Polanka

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 12, 2010 - 8:35am

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 »


ALA TechSource Workshop: Selecting and Evaluating Online Resources

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 11, 2010 - 9:33am

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. Read More »


Check out the Brand New ALAEditions.org!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 5, 2010 - 8:46am

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 »


Welcome Back, Michele Boule

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 27, 2010 - 12:12pm

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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Using Technology in Library Training: An ALA TechSource Workshop with Paul Signorelli

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on August 13, 2010 - 9:58am

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. Read More »