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Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship

Submitted by Sarah Ludwig on March 19, 2013 - 9:46am

Can students learn online skills from a teacher? More and more, I’m thinking the answer is no. Countless times, I  see high school students watch a YouTube video to better understand a concept that was already covered in class. It’s how kids learn. When they work independently, they apply and therefore retain the skills.

Yet we can’t turn students loose on social media without some discussion of responsibility. Character education is as important as Internet research. We have a charge to cover copyright, fair use, effective communication, and privacy. But how? Without real-world consequences, how will students understand that they really can’t use someone else’s image without asking? Do we teach our students these topics for the sake of plausibility? We teach them as is our duty, in other words, but they can choose whether or not to listen? Read More »


Slides, resources from the Integrating Tablets workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 14, 2013 - 3:50pm

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 »


Which 3D Printer is Right for Your Library?

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on March 8, 2013 - 8:38am

Choosing the right 3D Printer for your makerspace is a big financial commitment, and one that you’ll likely have to live with for some time. Below are a few of the more common machines with pros and cons to help you make your decision. Read More »


Innovative Interfaces Absorbs SkyRiver and Withdraws Lawsuit Against OCLC

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on March 5, 2013 - 3:29pm

In a major shift in strategy reflecting a more collaborative style of its new ownership and management, Innovative interfaces has withdrawn the lawsuit it filed against OCLC in July 2010. SkyRiver Technologies, the sister company and lead plaintiff of the suit, has been absorbed into Innovative Interfaces, which will integrate the SkyRiver cataloging service into its product offerings. Read More »


Two Alternative Inputs Coming Soon: How will you use them?

Submitted by Jason Griffey on March 1, 2013 - 11:10am

I've seen some interesting alternative inputs technologies that will be coming to computer users this year. I'll share video demos of two that I’m most excited about are: the Leap Motion and the Myo armband.

The Leap Motion is a small camera-based sensor that connects to your computer and “watches” an area above your desk for hand movement, translating that movement into control of your computer. You can, for example, wave your hand to scroll a page, turn your fingers to control volume, and pinch and zoom images by literally pinching the air. Most of the gestures seem to be translated from current touchscreen technology, but I’m very excited about the opportunity to develop a new language of interface with a product like this. The Leap Motion should be available for purchase this May, for $79.

Here’s a quick video to demonstrate how it looks and works. Read More »


Introducing the Book as iPad App- free webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 26, 2013 - 3:46pm

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 - 2:32pm

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 »


Jeff Sturges on libraries and makerspaces

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on February 15, 2013 - 12:32pm

On February 14, I talked with Jeff Sturges, Founder and Conductor of the Mt. Eliot Makerspace in Detroit, about makerspaces and libraries. Jeff and the Mt. Eliot Makerspace collaborate with the Detroit Public Library on their HYPE teen makerspace, featured in ALA TechSource’s December makerspace webinar. Here are highlights from the interview.

Caitlin Bagley: Why do you think makerspaces have suddenly become so important? Why now? Read More »


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

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2013 - 3:30pm

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 »


Archive of the 2013 ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 8, 2013 - 9:14am

UPDATE: Initially we put an incorrect link in for the recording. This has now been fixed and we apologize for the inconvenience.

The 2012 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrap-up was a huge success. We had great presentations from our panel, and great participation from our audience.

If you missed the event, or want to experience it again, you can view the video archive of the event here. Read More »