Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 28, 2013 - 10:49pm
Yvette Leigh, a branch manager at Chicago Public Library, shows off one of the CNC Mills at the Harold Washington Library Makerspace at a preconference on Friday. Attendees got a tour of the makerspace, scheduled to open July 8. The space also has Laser Cutters and Makerbot Replicator 3D Printers.
Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, a supplier and consultant to the lab, wrote a detailed description of the lab's equipment. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 27, 2013 - 4:54pm
Once again, our team of Marshall Breeding, Sue Polanka, and Jason Griffey will present a free webinar on the technology that caught their eye at conference. Join us Monday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. (Note an email promotion today stated an incorrect time.) Register here.
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 26, 2013 - 4:46pm
Nicole Hennig will return this Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a fresh look at how publishers are using the iPad platform to create a new kind of book. Not the straight text, you’ll read in a Kindle app, these books mix elements of film, videogames, and social media to create a new immersive experience for readers. Nicole’s webinar this past summer was a hit. Register for Introducing Books as iPad App, and: Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 31, 2013 - 1:50pm
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2013 - 6:02pm
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 4, 2013 - 1:42pm
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 18, 2012 - 5:56pm
ALA TechSource is happy to introduce Caitlin A. Bagley, who will write a series of posts on libraries and makerspaces. Associate professor and instruction librarian at Gonzaga University, Caitlin is writing a LITA Guide with the working title "Makers in the Library: Fostering Creativity and Innovation." As she researches for the book, learning about library projects, she'll post here. Caitlin is planning to interview a leader in the maker movement for an outside perspective on where libraries fit in. She's also talking about getting to a makerspace herself and documenting her project as she builds it.
Watch this space for posts, and be sure to register for the final webinar of our makerspace series, January 7, 2013, with Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh.