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An Even Bigger Month for Technology Announcements...

Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 31, 2012 - 9:53am

We thought that September was a big month for technology announcements, well... then October happened. I would bet that there hasn’t been a busier month for new tech hitting the streets in a long, long time. Here’s the rough summary of what came out this month.

Apple announced a 7.9-inch version of the iPad, dubbed the iPad mini. A smaller screen brings a smaller price: the lowest priced version of the mini coming in at only $329...but even with the smaller screen, it has the same resolution as the iPad 1 and 2, which means that it will run all 275,000 iPad apps without any modification. Read More »

Jason Griffey and I Chat About the First Episode of American Libraries Live

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 31, 2012 - 7:36am

We're really excited about the upcoming premier episode of AL Live, Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed. Jason Griffey is set to moderate the discussion with a panel of librarians and library industry experts. I had a chance to chat a bit with Jason about AL Live in general and the upcoming episode specifically. Check it out:

The episode will air on Friday, November 16th at 2pm Eastern. All you have to do to participate is come to this page at that time. We'll look forward to seeing you there!

“citeThis”: Building a Javascript Bookmarklet that Creates Citations for Sharing Web Pages - Code Words

Submitted by Jason Clark on October 24, 2012 - 3:09pm

Welcome back to “Code Words.” In this column, we are going to look at bookmarklets - little snippets of Javascript that extend your web browser to do interesting and useful actions. Bookmarklets range from allowing you to "pin" a current page to Pinterest without visiting the site directly ( to tricking out your browser's text renderer so that all of your web pages appear in "Piratespeak" ( We are going to build a citation bookmarklet that parses page information and formats it into a ready-made citation for pasting into docs, your research, or an email. Read More »

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Introducing American Libraries Live!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 24, 2012 - 12:13pm

American Libraries knows how essential it is to stay up to date on new developments in our industry.  American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on the go, is a new program that allows you to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with our hosts via a live chat, giving you immediate answers to all of your pressing questions.

AL Live will include experts like Jason Griffey, author of “Mobile Technology and Libraries (THE TECH SET® #2)” and ALA TechSource columnist. These and other guests will be speaking on compelling topics such as how to get an ideal library job, the latest innovations in mobile services, digging into databases and what the real deal is for libraries and e-books. Read More »

Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Westport (CT) Public Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 15, 2012 - 12:29pm

We just wrapped up the first part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Maxine Bleiweis and Bill Derry from the Westport Public Library in Connecticut. Maxine and Bill gave us a fantastic presentation. If you didn't have a chance to attend in person, the archive is at:

If you want to register for the three remaining free webinars, you can do so at

Bill and Maxine's slides are posted below!

Reporting from the LITA National Forum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 15, 2012 - 10:42am

A week ago some 300 librarians gathered in Columbus, Ohio for the LITA National Forum, where the focus was on technology, despite the distraction of BeardCon. Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Building the Digital Branch

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 10, 2012 - 1:41pm
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We just wrapped up a fantastic workshop, David Lee King’s Building the Digital Branch. There was some fantastic discussion and some great information. Check out the slides below, as well as some handouts that David created for the presentation.

If you want to learn more, check out David’s new issue of Library Technology Reports, Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website, available at the ALA Store. Read More »

September's Harvest of New Tech

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2012 - 8:56am

September has become the keystone month in the US for technology announcements. This eventful month featured two major and one minor (but interesting!) announcement: Apple and the iPhone5, Amazon with their new set of Kindles, and Makerbot Industries with the announcement of the Replicator 2. Read More »

Fountaindale Library to Build Dream Space for Digital Media Creation

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 25, 2012 - 11:44am

The Fountaindale Public Library in suburban Chicago will start work this week on a dramatic new facility for patrons’ digital media projects. Fountaindale is in a new building that opened in March 2011. The basement was left unfinished, leaving nearly 7,000 square feet open for new possibilities. Called Studio 300, the space will include: Read More »

  • 6 sound recording studios,
  • 2 video recording studios,
  • 3 group collaboration rooms with integrated technology, dual monitor workstations, and videoconferencing equipment.

What's Up for Discussion at the LITA Forum?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 21, 2012 - 10:18am

LITA hosts its National Forum in Columbus, Ohio, October 4-7. The Forum attracts the technologists: the people scripting or programming, configuring the APIs, managing the networks. What will they be talking about? A scan of program titles gives a glimpse of emerging priorities in library technology. The theme is New World of Data: Discover, Connect, Remix. I will be attending and writing a couple posts for ALA TechSource. What programs would you like to see me cover? Read More »