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TECH SET Interview: Greg Notess

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 26, 2012 - 9:19am

Greg Notess was inspired to write Screencasting for Libraries after presenting workshops on the topic. Workshops get people started, he says, but a book allows more in- depth treatment and is available for reference when it's time to review. The book features 12 implementation projects, which are linked to Greg's companion web page. At a basic level, you will learn how to use free software to make a quick step-by-step as you show a student how to use a database interface. More advanced projects get into Using commercial software like Camtasia to edit video, create call-outs or use other functions for a more polished tutorial.

Listen to the full interview on SoundCloud.
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Nexus 7 Review

Submitted by Jason Griffey on July 25, 2012 - 2:04pm

I have a not-entirely-undeserved reputation as a fan of Apple’s hardware and software. And it’s true that I think that Apple is charting the future of computing with the iPhone and iPad, and that no one has built a tablet that I could possibly recommend that ran anything except iOS.

Until now.

Yes, you can collect whatever wagers there were on the table as to when I’d like an Android device. Because I really, really like the Nexus 7, the 7 inch, Google-backed-and-Asus-built Android 4.1 tablet. It’s fast, it’s pretty, and Android 4.1 puts it far ahead of other Android tablets for the time being. Did I mention that it’s also $199? 

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Archive of our Book as iPad App Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 23, 2012 - 2:11pm
We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Webinar The Book as iPad App with Nicole Hennig.

If you missed the event or want to experience it again, check out the archive here.
Again, the URL for the archive is: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5529377&rKey=23c9a56abdf1f721


Nicole shared three videos during the webinar:
 
1. http://j.mp/londonapp2
2. http://j.mp/heartpro2
3. https://vimeo.com/39783630

See Nicole’s slides and resources from the webinar: Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 19, 2012 - 1:46pm

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future with Karen Coyle. The slides from the event, which contain some fantastic resources, are posted below.

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TECH SET interview: Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 19, 2012 - 9:29am

Jason Clark refers to his book Building Mobile Library Applications as “recipe-driven” with a goal of “empowering readers to build stuff .” Implementation is Jason’s focus. He writes our Code Words column, which debuted in May with Using Google Spreadsheets Data API to build a Recommended Reading List.

In the this interview, Jason describes two specific projects.

2:47. A working version of jQuery Mobile, the generic template, suitable for public or academic libraries, is a framework for optimizing your library website for mobile.

3:49. Mobilizing your library catalog using OCLC web services, you will develop an app that will run a search against WorldCat to receive local items, either in your library or nearby. Read More »

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Mapping Your Library

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

Two companies, one large, one small, both with origins as Stanford student projects, are ready to help you map your library.

Walking the exhibit floor at ALA Annual Conference, I am always curious when I see a tech behemoth. Google was exhibiting again at ALA. Though the booth had a "first-time exhibitor," label I recall its exhibits from the early days of Google Library or Google Books, if only because the swag was so sought after. The Google presence this year was modest, and its message as simple as its search screen: let us map your library. Read More »


Introducing the Book as iPad App - Free Webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 13, 2012 - 9:26am

A couple days ago, I gave in to pent-up desire and bought an iPad. Everyone has one, right? What’s loaded on yours? What apps do you offer your patrons? Any books that are too souped up for a Kindle?

Join us for the fun and free ALA TechSource webinar Introducing the Book as iPad App on Monday, July 23. Nicole Hennig will show how iPad apps are stretching the boundaries of the book. These new, emerging hybrids mix in elements of film, videogames, and social media with the text traditional to the book. For librarians, they offer new opportunities in evaluation, selection, and library services. Read More »


TECH SET interview: Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 12, 2012 - 3:33pm

Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches, authors of User Experience (UX) Design for Libraries speak frequently on UX design. If you've heard them, you know they are passionate and emphatic about putting the user first. In the interview, they each describe their favorite project from the book.

For Amanda, it's developing personas. "Peronas are one of those things where people have a vague sense of what they are and why they matter, but they don't really know how they can use them or how they can go about developing them for the library," she says. Personas are useful not only in the web development process, but also for other library service planning. In detailed, step-by-step fashion, the book explains how to develop personas, what to include, how to format your documents, what you can use them for, and, most importantly, how to know if they're working for you. Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: How to Enhance Library Instruction through Mobile Devices

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 11, 2012 - 1:50pm

We just wrapped up Meredith Farkas’ workshop Workshop How to Enhance Library Instruction through Mobile Devices. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, check out Meredith’s slides, posted below!

 

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Mobile Projects in Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 6, 2012 - 11:36am

I attended LITA's Mobile Computing Interest Group meeting at ALA Annual Conference and heard two presentations about library projects with mobile technologies.

Anne Burke presented on North Carolina State University's use of iPod Touches for a scavenger hunt to orient new students to the library, its staff, and resources. The creative, relatively inexpensive project makes a game of orientation, with group interaction and casual competition. The success of the program is evident in survey results as well as photographs of participating students, which you can view the slides on Mobile Computing Interest Group ALA Connect page. Read More »