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O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference 2013: Discount for Librarians

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 17, 2012 - 11:59am

O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) Conference is February 12-14, 2013 in New York City. As the publishing and tech industries converge, the conference is an opportunity for librarians to get the perspective of publishers and learn about new technology-based tools that might be applied in libraries. Early registration pricing ends Thursday, December 20.

O’Reilly offers abundant discount options, including 30 percent off for full-time librarians. If you don’t qualify for this or another discount, you can still save 15  30 percent wth the discount code ALATechSource. Learn more about programs and pricing on the TOC 2013 website. Read More »

Library Technology Reports: Coming in 2013

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 14, 2012 - 1:31pm

Library Technology Reports is at the cusp of its 49th year, but not at all feeling old. Here's the start of the 2013 lineup.

In January, Marshall Breeding opens the Volume 49 with Resource Sharing in Libraries: Concepts, Products, Technologies. Considering relevant technology trends as well as review major products that support interlibrary loan and resource sharing , the report explores emerging and evolving strategies to provide more resources to your patrons. Read More »

Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Detroit Public Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 3, 2012 - 10:41am
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We just wrapped up the first part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Steve Teeri, Linda Curvey-Brown and Jeff Sturges from the Detroit Public Library, who gave us a fantastic presentation. If you didn't have a chance to attend in person, the archive is at: . Read More »

Archive of American Libraries Live, Episode 1 Now Available!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 26, 2012 - 9:31am
In case you missed out, the archive of Episode 1, Library 2017, Tech At Warp Speed, the archive is now available. Host Jason Griffey led a fantastic discussion with panelists Rebecca Miller, Marshall Breeding and Nina McHale. We want to extend a special thanks to our live audience, our panel and the staff at the Northwestern University Library. Check out the video below!

Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Cleveland Public Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 19, 2012 - 10:27am
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We just wrapped up the first part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Felton Thomas, CJ Lynce, and Olivia Hoge from the Cleveland Public Library, who 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 two remaining free webinars, you can do so at Read More »

Ex Libris Group under new ownership: Leeds Equity sells company to Golden Gate Capital

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on November 16, 2012 - 10:03am

Ex Libris will soon change ownership from one private equity firm to another. The company is to be acquired by Golden Gate Capital (, a major private equity firm managing funds representing over $12 billion in capital. Golden Gate Capital invests in the software and information technology sector in addition to many other industries.

According to Matti Shem Tov, Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris, this transition should not be considered a major event for library customers and employees. The new owners will retain the current management, workforce, and operating locations. Yet, with new ownership comes a new Board of Directors that will oversee the company and set its high-level business plan. Ex Libris Group’s strategic products focus on the academic and research library arena and include Aleph and Voyager integrated library systems, the Primo discovery product and its Central Index, the Rosetta digital preservation platform, the SFX link resolver, the Verde electronic resource management system, the MetaLib federated search, as well as Alma, the company’s newest offering, a library services platform based on the concepts of unified resource management and cloud computing. Read More »

Cloud Computing for Librarians - Krista Godfrey's slides

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on November 7, 2012 - 3:20pm
We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Cloud Computing for Librarians: An Introduction with Krista Godfrey. Krista gave an excellent introduction to an often confusing concept. Whether you attended or not, check out her slides below.

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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