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Here comes THE TECH SET!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 6, 2012 - 11:18am

If you’ve been watching M&A activity in the library-literature space, you know that Neal-Schuman joined ALA Publishing back in December. Among the plums are the 10 new titles for THE TECH SET. The authors of books 1-10, Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski, and the Neal-Schuman staff were honored with the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Books in Library Literature. Following this success comes the next set, ready for the printer, with June pub dates. Here’s what Ellyssa and her team of authors have worked up for you. Read More »

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An Annual Bird's Eye View of Libraries' ILS Migration

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 21, 2012 - 10:06am

Nearly daily, an integrated library system vendor sends out announcements about library implementations or agreements. Marshall Breeding, as ever, helps you make sense of it all. If you're in any phase of evaluating your current systems or alternatives, check out his nifty chart Integrated Library System turnover in 2011 on the Library Technology Guides site. Drawing from data contributed by libraries registered in lib-web-cats, Marshall has presented an aggregate view. Turnover  from previous years and 2012 to date is also available. 

Douglas County Libraries' DIY E-Book Hosting

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 13, 2012 - 4:15pm

A few miles from the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado, Douglas County Libraries is blazing trails in e-books in libraries. As Director James LaRue described in a Public Libraries article, the library staff, while happy with OverDrive’s solution at the in the early days of e-books, now question the feasibility getting e-books only through an aggregator platform because of costs, licensing terms, and other factors. Read More »

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Product News: OverDrive Acquires Australian eBook Company

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 5, 2012 - 3:51pm

OverDrive, Inc. ( announced today it has acquired Australian eBook company ( is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular eBooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. eBooks live “in the cloud,” are browser-based and do not require the user to first install any software or app. OverDrive will expand the distribution and digital bookstore platforms as well as integrate HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.

TOC 2012 Showcases Publishing-Related Startups

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Last week's O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference hosted a publishing start-up showcase. Seeking a range of tools from 60 submissions, O'Reilly chose the following 11 companies to display at the showcase, including a library vendor. Amidst the variety was cluster of technology in self-publishing. As technology entrepreneurs zero in on publishing industry, writers look to be the big winners, no longer so dependent on the traditional path to getting published. Do you see tools your library could use? Read More »

Kepler's 2020: Literary Entrepreneur Reinvents the Bookstore

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 16, 2012 - 2:27pm

Tuesday, at O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference (TOC), Praveen Madan spoke about the Kepler 2020 project. The project's goal is reinvent the bookstore and build a future for Kepler's Book's, a Menlo Park bookstore with a 50-year history and deep roots in the Silicon Valley community. The project is sharing its story, strategy, and perhaps its software to create a new business model that other independent bookstores might follow. Staff and friends of public libraries may want to watch the project to inform their thinking about libraries. Read More »

Live Streaming of Sessions from the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2012 - 8:10am
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Live streaming from O'Reilly's TOC Conference, February 14 - 15

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 13, 2012 - 12:22pm

O'Reilly Media is hosting the TOC Conference in New York City starting today and running through Wednesday. The conference brings together publishing and technology professionals to explore new strategies, platforms, and business models.

ALA TechSource has selected a few presentations of interest to the library community to stream from our website. Follow the link for a description of the presentations and tune in tomorrow and Wednesday. All times are Eastern. Read More »

O'Reilly's Joe Wikert on Publishing Technology and Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2012 - 11:28am

Joe Wikert is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. He is also Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishers conference (TOC). TOC 2012 is February 13-15 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. ALA TechSource readers can save 15 percent by registering with coupon code AMLIB, in addition to discounts offered to librarians.

Joe follows new developments in publishing technology and emerging platform. ALA TechSource asked a few questions to get his perspective on public libraries.

ALA TechSource: Some public libraries are looking at ways they can be developers of content, helping people in their communities publish content of interest to their communities. The "hyper-local" approach. Drawing from your knowledge of start-up publishing platforms, what opportunities do you see for libraries? Read More »

RMG Presidents' Seminar Explores Library Technology Trends

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 19, 2012 - 10:57am

RMG Consultants will lead their 22nd Annual Presidents' Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012, at ALA's Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center (Rooms A201/A202) . This year's theme is "Invasion of the Customer Snatchers into a Saturated and Content-Driven ILS Marketplace"

Senior executives of library technology companies will answer questions from moderator Rob McGee of RMG as well as the audience. Smart Libraries Newsletter editor Marshall Breeding will weigh in as a special commentator along with RMG's Geoff Payne. The companies and panelists expected this year are: Read More »