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Blog posts from January 2011

Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 27, 2011 - 3:32pm

We just wrapped up the second and final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. This session, How Libraries Analyze and Act focused on specific examples of libraries that are using analytics, and how librarians can practically incorporate analytics into their own facilities.

We’re listing some questions from today’s presentation for future discussion. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in. Read More »


Let's Not Get Physical

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on January 27, 2011 - 9:10am

In the watered-down simplification of high school life that appears in teen movies (made by adults), libraries are the home of nerds. Jocks exist in the physical realm, while nerds dwell in the landscape of the mind. Anyone who has been to high school (or perhaps seen The Breakfast Club) knows that teenagers don’t live in a world so facile and rigid, but libraries, during and after we’re done with high school, are seen as temples to the intellect. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 25, 2011 - 4:43pm

We just wrapped up the first session of Sue Polanka’s workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. There’s no doubt that E-Books and E-Readers are a hot topic for librarians right now (not to mention for the general public as well), and discussion during the workshop certainly reflected that.

With over 250 people attending the workshop, there was certainly room for more discussion than we had time for in 90 minutes. Here are a few questions that were asked during the workshop. Please continue the discussion of these, and any other questions you might have in the comments area. Sue will be chiming in. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics, Session 1

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 20, 2011 - 3:32pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. This first session, The Basics of Turning Numbers into Action, focused on defining the concepts of web analytics, comparing different tools and understanding the visualization of data.

The fantastic presentation was accompanied by some vibrant Q & A and discussion, and to continue the conversation, we’re posting a few questions for continued discussion to the blog. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in and discuss via comments on this post. Paul and Char will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »


Archive from the Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 19, 2011 - 5:28pm

The 2011 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrap-up was a huge success. We had great presentations from our panel, and great participation from our audience. We want to extend a spcial thanks to our sponsor, Mango Languages for making this event possible.

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What to Expect at the Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 15, 2011 - 7:24am

We're getting excited about Wednesday's free ALA TechSource webinar, the Midwinter Tech Wrapup. Our expert panel is going to help provide some perspective on what went on at the conference (and in Jason Griffey's case, that will also include the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show). Whether you were there and want some more perspective on what you saw, or you missed the conference and want to catch up, this will be a great event.

Here's a preview on what they'll be discussing:

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At ALA Midwinter, Or Not

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 14, 2011 - 8:56am

As usual, ALA Midwinter was exciting, informative, and exhausting.  I was able to attend in person, but I know many colleagues who were not able to make the trek to San Diego, which was generally sunny but a tad chilly.  I’m looking forward to the post-Midwinter webinar that ALA TechSource will hold on Wed. Jan. 19th (http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2011/01/register-now-for-our-free-webinar-midwinter-tech-wrapup.html).  Read More »


Being Articulate and Finding Context

Submitted by Michelle Boule on January 13, 2011 - 9:10am

I was thinking about the verbal skills of my two-and-a-half year old and his peers last week and it made me realize something. There are two main reasons that people have trouble understanding little kids, articulation and context.

Most kids my son’s age have an articulation problem. They either do not say the word correctly or they make up a nonsense word that stands in the place of an actual thing. My son has a context issue. His articulation is usually sound, but he randomly throws sentences into a conversation that have absolutely no bearing on either the situation at hand or the current conversation. As adults, we expect to hear certain things in relation to a situation or conversation, so when our expectations are not met, it all sounds like inarticulate babble, though the words are all correct. Of course, parents frequently know what the babble or the out of context conversation holds, though strangers usually do not.
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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 »


Where iPhones Go to Die

Submitted by Andromeda Yelton on January 6, 2011 - 9:50am

Recently I heard this story on the radio, about what happens to electronics waste. I admit, I’d been vaguely aware of this issue but ignoring it, because you can’t do much research without coming across images like this one: Read More »


Kno it all

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 5, 2011 - 10:11am

There are four occasions for reading:  school, work, avocational reading, and incidental reading.  Nearly all of the reading we do for school and work is assigned reading.  Someone else tells us what to read.  Incidental reading occurs when you read in the context of doing something else.  Two examples:  reading road signs as you drive, and reading the cereal box as you munch in the morning.  Avocational reading, also called reading for pleasure or leisure reading, is volitional reading.  We freely choose to read, and we choose what, how, and where to read. 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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