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TOC 2012 Showcases Publishing-Related Startups

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Last week's O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference hosted a publishing start-up showcase. Seeking a range of tools from 60 submissions, O'Reilly chose the following 11 companies to display at the showcase, including a library vendor. Amidst the variety was cluster of technology in self-publishing. As technology entrepreneurs zero in on publishing industry, writers look to be the big winners, no longer so dependent on the traditional path to getting published. Do you see tools your library could use? Read More »

Kepler's 2020: Literary Entrepreneur Reinvents the Bookstore

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 16, 2012 - 2:27pm

Tuesday, at O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference (TOC), Praveen Madan spoke about the Kepler 2020 project. The project's goal is reinvent the bookstore and build a future for Kepler's Book's, a Menlo Park bookstore with a 50-year history and deep roots in the Silicon Valley community. The project is sharing its story, strategy, and perhaps its software to create a new business model that other independent bookstores might follow. Staff and friends of public libraries may want to watch the project to inform their thinking about libraries. Read More »

Live Streaming of Sessions from the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2012 - 8:10am
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Live streaming from O'Reilly's TOC Conference, February 14 - 15

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 13, 2012 - 12:22pm

O'Reilly Media is hosting the TOC Conference in New York City starting today and running through Wednesday. The conference brings together publishing and technology professionals to explore new strategies, platforms, and business models.

ALA TechSource has selected a few presentations of interest to the library community to stream from our website. Follow the link for a description of the presentations and tune in tomorrow and Wednesday. All times are Eastern. Read More »

O'Reilly's Joe Wikert on Publishing Technology and Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2012 - 11:28am

Joe Wikert is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. He is also Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishers conference (TOC). TOC 2012 is February 13-15 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. ALA TechSource readers can save 15 percent by registering with coupon code AMLIB, in addition to discounts offered to librarians.

Joe follows new developments in publishing technology and emerging platform. ALA TechSource asked a few questions to get his perspective on public libraries.

ALA TechSource: Some public libraries are looking at ways they can be developers of content, helping people in their communities publish content of interest to their communities. The "hyper-local" approach. Drawing from your knowledge of start-up publishing platforms, what opportunities do you see for libraries? Read More »

RMG Presidents' Seminar Explores Library Technology Trends

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 19, 2012 - 10:57am

RMG Consultants will lead their 22nd Annual Presidents' Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012, at ALA's Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center (Rooms A201/A202) . This year's theme is "Invasion of the Customer Snatchers into a Saturated and Content-Driven ILS Marketplace"

Senior executives of library technology companies will answer questions from moderator Rob McGee of RMG as well as the audience. Smart Libraries Newsletter editor Marshall Breeding will weigh in as a special commentator along with RMG's Geoff Payne. The companies and panelists expected this year are: Read More »

Free Webinar: Organizational Storytelling

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 21, 2011 - 2:07pm

The stories that we  exchange with family and friends this holiday season will express shared values, who we are, and where we’re from. Organizational management experts encourage us to explore the benefits of using stories at work .  ALA TechSource is teaming up with WebJunction to offer the free webinar “Organizational Storytelling: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy,” on January 10, 2012, with Kate Marek and Chris Reppel.  Register todayat  WebJunction:

Below is an excerpt from Kate Marek’s book Organizational Storytelling. We’ll be offering webinar participants a discount on the book.  Read More »

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 15, 2011 - 10:56am

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012 will take place February 13-15, at the New York Marriott Marquis. ALA TechSource will be covering the conference on the blog, with preliminary interviews with presenters and live webcasts on topics of interest to libraries; and we have a special offer. Read More »

Digital Literacy in US Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 30, 2011 - 5:56pm

Excerpted from the Library Technology Reports August / September 2011 (vol. 47, no. 6) “The Transforming Public Library Infrastructure,” ALA Office for Resarch and Statistics. Chapter 6 “Digital Literacy Center Stage, Larra Clark and Marijke Visser. Learn how to use the data from from the study in a free WebJunction webinar November 1, 2011. See the archive and resources page.

While information literacy has been well defined over the past two decades in our school and academic libraries, public libraries are newer to formal instruction in this arena. For many public libraries, teaching basic computers skills—in classes or as needed—has become a requirement as critical interactions with employers and government agencies demand it from those seeking resources and opportunities and as these individuals come to the library to access such resources. With computer skill classes now a regular part of the library landscape, it is time to raise the bar and expand patrons’ digital fluency and evaluation skills. Read More »

New Offers on ALA TechSource Subscriptions

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 18, 2011 - 11:14am

This summer we ran a special offer of $99 for our ALA TechSource online subscription -- access to Libary Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter. We’ve extended the deadline another couple of weeks to October 31, 2011. This unprecedented offer is hard to be beat. You’ll receive 8 Library Technology Reports and 12 issues of Marshall Breeding’s Smart Libraries Newsletter, plus access to an archive. To place an order, use this form.

We’ve also lowered our prices and made online access (through MetaPress) standard for purchasers of print subscriptions. We will be making online access available to existing print subscribers during the next couple of months. For a pricing list, see Purchase Publications.