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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 »


Register Now for the FREE ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 4, 2013 - 2:24pm

Please join us this Friday for the ALA 2013 Midwinter Tech Wrapup--a look back at the 2013 ALA Midwinter meeting from a library technology perspective. Our panel of experts will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference. Whether or not you were at Midwinter, join us for this webinar that will offer an excellent summary and enlightening discussion of the featured technology and trends.

Don't miss this free 60-minute event with: Read More »


(techno)Logical Fallacies: Which is Yours?

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on February 1, 2013 - 10:26am

Every teacher I know dreads being asked “When are we going to use this in real life?” The question is frustrating because the answer is often “Well, you might not, but I have no way of knowing, and yes, this will be on the test, and spelling most certainly counts.” We may never use algebra proper after high school (unless you count those Facebook memes that assume we’ve forgotten PEMDAS), but I think an argument can be made that we use algebraic thinking regularly. For librarians, there’s an obvious utility of being able to talk about books (and by extension, movies, and television shows), but surely those English class discussions help even those who would never join a book club as adults. The high school class I’ve been revisiting frequently is one where nobody asked how we’d use it in real life: a logic class I took junior year. Read More »


Creating a Pilot for LMS-Embedded Librarianship

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 31, 2013 - 12:50pm

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 »


E-Books for Sale! Or did you say license?

Submitted by Mary Minow on January 30, 2013 - 10:22am

Mary Minow is a lawyer and librarian. She will present the workshop Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of E-Books on February 6, 2013.

A controversial e-book bill in Connecticut proposes that publishers of electronic books be required to offer such books for sale to public and academic libraries at the same rates as offered to the general public.

I give a hearty congratulations to the visionaries in Connecticut to take this issue head on, whether or not a legislative solution is feasible. The bill shines a badly needed light on the problem that librarians know about, but that the public, by and large, does not: e-book publishers are not making their wares available to library users on fair terms, if at all.

Yet the irony here is in the bill’s use of the words “for sale” rather than “for license” to libraries. Read More »


3D Printing in Libraries: Inspiration or Distraction?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2013 - 5:02pm

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 »


Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Carnegie Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 7, 2013 - 9:39am

We just wrapped up the final part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Corey Wittig, LeeAnn Anna and Emily Fear from the Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh, who gave us a fantastic presentation. If you didn't have a chance to attend in person, the archive is at: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=6222412&rKey=0950be42f1d57e55 .

The slides and biblipgraphy are posted below!


Are You Working on a Makerspace for Your Library?

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on January 7, 2013 - 9:11am

As I do preliminary research for my book on library makerspaces, I’m inspired by the spaces, programming, and collaboration that I’m seeing. I sense many more projects are out there and others in the works. If your library has a makerspace or is planning for one, I’d love to talk to you about it, and perhaps even include you in my book, Makers in the Library: Fostering Creativity and Invention (working title), to be published by the American Library Association in collaboration with the Library and Information Technology Association.

I have created a short survey learn about the technology and uses of makerspaces in all types of libraries. I hope the responses will reveal the common approaches and challenges. The book will feature profiles of selected library makerspace projects from a range of libraries. I recognize that projects are in various phases of development, but I’m eager to hear from each of you. Read More »


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

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 4, 2013 - 12:42pm

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 »