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ALA Annual Conference Tech Wrap-Up Webinar - July 8

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 27, 2013 - 4:54pm

Once again, our team of Marshall Breeding, Sue Polanka, and Jason Griffey will present a free webinar on the technology that caught their eye at conference. Join us Monday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. (Note an email promotion today stated an incorrect time.) Register here.


Slides, resources from the Integrating Tablets workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 14, 2013 - 4:50pm

Thanks to Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorfield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier for today's workshop, Part 1 of Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services. The slides are on slideshare and embedded below. The presenters also keep the Tumblr on iPads and Tablets in Libraries, where they shared Recommended Reading for today's presentation. Watch that space for the App Guide in advance of next week's presentation of Part 2. Read More »


Introducing the Book as iPad App- free webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 26, 2013 - 4:46pm

Nicole Hennig will return this Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a fresh look at how publishers are using the iPad platform to create a new kind of book. Not the straight text, you’ll read in a Kindle app, these books mix elements of film, videogames, and social media to create a new immersive experience for readers. Nicole’s webinar this past summer was a hit. Register for Introducing Books as iPad App, and: Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Establishing an eReader Lending Program

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 22, 2013 - 3:32pm

Yesterday, Sue Polanka of No Shelf Required presented Part 2 of her workshop on ebooks and libraries: Establishing an eReader Lending Program. Below are her slides. Join us in a few weeks for the workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier, and Heather Moorefield-Lang. Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Purchasing E-Books for Your Library

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2013 - 4:30pm

Sue Polanka just wrapped up Part 1 of her workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. Loads of resources in her slides! See below. Join us for Part 2, on February 21 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More »


Creating a Pilot for LMS-Embedded Librarianship

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 31, 2013 - 1:50pm

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, Beth Tumbleson and John Burke will present the ALA TechSource workshop Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems. Their book on the topic is schedule for publication in May. The prospect of rolling out a new program dependent on faculty buy-in might seem daunting. Like many new projects, running a pilot makes sense. To get started, you only need one or two faculty with whom you have a good working relationship. Below is a how-to excerpt from the forthcoming book. Read it, share it, and join us on Thursday for the workshop. Read More »


3D Printing in Libraries: Inspiration or Distraction?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2013 - 6:02pm

Earlier this month, a good old fashioned blogosphere discussion broke out, complete with active comment logs and trackbacks.

Hugh Rundle started the conversation with “Mission creep -- a 3D printer will not save your library.” He argues public libraries lack a business case for 3D printing. Rather, technolust and fear of missing out are instead the drivers. “Yes, libraries provide access to information sources and creation tools that can be expensive to individuals, but that doesn’t mean that loaning or providing access to things that are expensive is what libraries are for,” Hugh writes. He highlights a number of projects and opportunities for libraries to support and curate patrons creative efforts in more appropriate ways. Read More »


Douglas County Acquires 10,000 E-Book Titles from Smashwords

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 4, 2013 - 1:42pm

On December 31, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) acquired 10,000 e-book titles from the world’s largest distributor of self-published works, Smashwords, bringing the total number of e-book files that DCL owns to 21,000. All of the content purchased from Smashwords, including books in popular genres such as fiction, romance, mystery, and science fiction, is available for borrowing by library patrons. Read More »


Coming Soon - Libraries and Makerspaces Series

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 18, 2012 - 5:56pm

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce Caitlin A. Bagley, who will write a series of posts on libraries and makerspaces. Associate professor and instruction librarian at Gonzaga University, Caitlin is writing a LITA Guide with the working title "Makers in the Library: Fostering Creativity and Innovation." As she researches for the book, learning about library projects, she'll post here. Caitlin is planning to interview a leader in the maker movement for an outside perspective on where libraries fit in. She's also talking about getting to a makerspace herself and documenting her project as she builds it.

Watch this space for posts, and be sure to register for the final webinar of our makerspace series, January 7, 2013, with Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh.


O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference 2013: Discount for Librarians

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 17, 2012 - 12:59pm

O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) Conference is February 12-14, 2013 in New York City. As the publishing and tech industries converge, the conference is an opportunity for librarians to get the perspective of publishers and learn about new technology-based tools that might be applied in libraries. Early registration pricing ends Thursday, December 20.

O’Reilly offers abundant discount options, including 30 percent off for full-time librarians. If you don’t qualify for this or another discount, you can still save 15  30 percent wth the discount code ALATechSource. Learn more about programs and pricing on the TOC 2013 website. Read More »