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Retinas, Mountain Lions, and iOS 6

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 18, 2012 - 8:25am

Once a year, Apple holds its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, the highlight of which for non-developers is the Monday keynote. In prior years, the keynote was the Steve Jobs show, where Steve got to be his most Steve-ish, taking digs at competitors and talking about how awesome things are and will be for Apple over the coming year. This year there is no Jobs, but there was an absolutely deluge of news from the keynote, hosted by CEO Tim Cook and starring the main players in Apple’s current corporate structure.

Practically every news outlet in the world will have a summary of the news coming out of WWDC, so I’m going to focus on the things that I think are important to libraries. Apple had three main announcements: updates to their laptop line, which is their most popular type of computer sold; and what to expect in the two new operating systems launching this year, OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: WordPress Basics

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 14, 2012 - 1:17pm

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop WordPress Basics: What WordPress can do for Your Library with Polly-Alida Farrington and Amanda Goodman. The slides from the event, which contain some fantastic resources, are posted below.

If you want to go more in-depth with WordPress, go to the ALA Store and learn more about Polly and Amanda’s six-week eCourse, Using WordPress to Build Library Websites. This course gives you the chance to go way-more in-depth and actually build a website!

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TECH SET interview: Marshall Breeding

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 14, 2012 - 8:08am

Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski interviewed Marshall Breeding, author of Cloud Computing for Libraries (11) and noted speaker, writer, and consultant on library technology and the library automation industry.

Note that since the recording of this interview, Marshall resigned his position at Vanderbilt University in order to free up time for what he calls "outside activities" in the interview.

Below the SoundCloud embed are a few highlights from the interview.

2:15 Marshall believes cloud computing is a major transition with "massive implications for libraries." Read More »

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TECH SET interview: Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 8, 2012 - 9:53am

Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer are reference librarians at Columbia University and authors of IM and SMS Reference Services for Libraries, #19 in The TECH SET. They believe that reference through IM and text messaging is not only a service librarians can offer, it's a necessary one. In this brief interview with Ellyssa Kroski, they discuss their inspiration for the book and a few how-to projects covered in the implementation chapter.

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5 Questions to Help You Choose the Right Mobile Website Tool

Submitted by Andromeda Yelton on June 6, 2012 - 8:50am

Editor's Note: This post is an excerpt from Library Technology Reports January 2012 (Vol 48, No. 1), "Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services." A full excerpt of Chapter 2, including tools and resources alluded to, is on Scribd. Andromeda will present a WebJunction webinar based on the Report on July 25, 2012.

How can you choose among the many options for making your library's website mobile friendly? Researching for my Library Technology Report, I reviewed the features of various tools and read librarians' accounts of mobile technology initiatives (see the Resources section in Chapter 2). My analysis surfaced five questions that will help you clarify your priorities and guide tool selection. Read More »


TECH SET interview: Ken Varnum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 31, 2012 - 3:08pm

Editors Note: The TECH SET Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski has interviewed authors about their books. We will post the interviews to the companion pages for the The TECH SET. Starting today, and on Thursdays during the next 9 weeks, we will feature an interview on the ALA TechSource blog.

Yesterday, one of the participants in Sean Fitzpatrick's Drupal Basics workshop asked if we could suggest a concise guide on using Drupal to develop a library website. Yes we can!

Among the 10 new titles to The TECH SET series is Drupal in Libraries (14) , by Kenneth J. Varnum. Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski spoke to Ken about the book. Below the SoundCloud embed are a few notes from the interview. Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Drupal Basics

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 30, 2012 - 1:38pm

We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Sean Fitzpatrick’s workshop Drupal Basics: What Drupal can do For Your Library. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, check out Sean’s slides, posted below!

If you want to go more in-depth with Drupal, go to the ALA Store and learn more about Sean’s six-week eCourse, Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. This course gives you the chance to go way-more in-depth and actually build a website! Read More »


New Bibliographic Framework and Linked Data

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 29, 2012 - 10:33am

Library of Congress (LC) announced last week that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative.

LC’s plan for the new bibliographic framework stated, released in October 2011, stated: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 24, 2012 - 1:16pm
We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Jason Griffey’s workshop Gadget’s in the Library. Read More »

Ad Hoc Librarianship

Submitted by Sarah Ludwig on May 22, 2012 - 11:07am

I'm so excited to share some of my experiences as a librarian and technology educator. I work at a preschool through grade 12 independent school in Connecticut. I've had two other library jobs, but I've always focused on services to kids and teens. And now I have this awesome hybrid job where I work both as a librarian, to our middle and upper school students, and as the academic technology coordinator, a position that serves faculty and students all the way from preschool up to twelfth grade.

For the first few months of my job, I was known almost exclusively as the "computer teacher." Though my predecessor also had the title Academic Technology Coordinator, she'd started as a "specialist," as we say in schools. You guessed it; she was the computer teacher. Through the tenacity of my manager, who persistently referred to me as the Academic Technology Coordinator, it became recognized as my title. The distinction relates to curriculum. Read More »