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Blog posts from September 2013

Sample Chapter- Planning for Your Library's Drupal Site

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 27, 2013 - 10:29am

Ken Varnum is teaching the upcoming ALA Editions ecourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. As with all The TECH SET titles, we've posted an interview with Ken and a sample chapter. You can go directly to Scribd to read Chapter 3 "Planning" and share with your colleagues.


Atingo and the Swedish E-Book Lending Model

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on September 17, 2013 - 9:15am

Editor's note: This post is adapted from an article to be published in the October issue of Marshall Breeding's Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Two Scandinavian companies—Publit a Swedish company involved with e-books and print on demand, and Axiell, which develops software for libraries and archives—have jointly launched Atingo, a company offering e-book lending products and services to libraries. Though in an early pilot phase and not currently available in the United States, the service provides an interesting example of a business and technology model implemented abroad. Atingo initially will focus on publishers and libraries in Sweden, but opportunities in other countries may develop.

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Improve Your Library's Mobile Website: Up from Start

Submitted by Bohyun Kim on September 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

Editor's note: Bohyun Kim will present the ALA TechSource worskhop Improving Your Library’s Mobile Services Thursday, September 12, 2013. This post is adapted from her August/September Library Technology Report (vol. 49; no. 6) "The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations"

1. Create a Mobile Website

If your library does not have a mobile website yet, the number one priority is to provide one, even if it includes only the most basic information. A couple options offer quick start.

The WordPress content management system, for example, has many plugins that instantly reformat any WordPress site into a mobilefriendly format when the site is viewed on a mobile device. WP Mobile Detector, WordPress Mobile Pack, and MobilePress are examples of such plugins. Read More »