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Posts by Patrick Hogan

Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into the Library, with Sue Polanka

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 4, 2011 - 4:23pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers Into Your Library with Sue Polanka. We’ll post a few questions and referenced resources here.  Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

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Special Offer! ALA TechSource Online for Only $99!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 2, 2011 - 3:09pm

As a reader of this blog, you’re familiar with the range of invaluable advice on technology and the library that our bloggers share. Now we’re making it easier for you to get access to more of our in-depth, original content. For a limited time you can get a digital subscription to ALA TechSource Online for only $99.  We’ve never offered such a low price for 8 new electronic issues of Library Technology Reports (available both as downloadable PDFs or in HTML) and 12 Smart Libraries Newsletter issues, featuring Marshall Breeding’s famous analysis and insider coverage of developments in the library technology marketplace. 
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Balancing User-Generated Content with Library Policy - Free Webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 30, 2011 - 3:50pm

Our friends at WebJunction will host the free webinar Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web with Eli Neiburger and Barbara Jones, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Photo by Hans

Neiburger and Jones are contributing writers to our December Library Technology Report Privacy and the Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries (vol. 46 / no. 8). The report presents analysis from the library community's intellectual freedom leaders alongside articles from a few of its most active technology advocates. "We hope to open up lines of communication," writes Angela Maycock in the Introduction, "to invite one another into our separate spheres, and to ensure that our thinking and our conclusions are better informed by the insights of one another." Pairing the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom's Jones with  the provocative Neiburger, the webinar promises to accomplish that along with simulating conversation in the chat window. Read More »

Readings for the RDA Workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2011 - 12:01pm


Are you registered for the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future? I'm here to nag you about doing your homework.

As with all ALA TechSource Workshops, we've asked our presenters to select a set of readings for participants. The common foundation will support a focused discussion. If you're not able to attend the Workshop, but want to learn a bit about RDA, read along with us. Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann suggested the following readings: Read More »

Karen Coyle's Library Technology Report wins ALCTS Award!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 25, 2011 - 11:29am

Free webinar: Building Community: from distribution to engagement

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 29, 2010 - 4:38pm

ALA TechSource invites you to our upcoming free webinar, hosted by WebJunction, “Building Community: from distribution to enagagement,” on November 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. Chrystie Hill of WebJunction will moderate a discussion with presentations by Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd.

With the heightening competition among e-reader manufacturers and ebook retailers has come reasonable concern and alarm from publishers, booksellers, and librarians. The distribution chain.

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ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 23, 2010 - 9:01am

New Library Technology Report on Measuring Electronic Resource Use

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 25, 2010 - 12:02pm

In the August/September issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 46; no. 6), Rachel Fleming-May and Jill Grogg cover state of the art of electronic resources use measurement, offering guidance on presenting clear and meaningful measurement in research, assessment, and standards creation.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Assessing Use and Usage
  • Standards, Tools, and Other Products
  • Improving Understanding of Electronic Resources Usage
  • Practitioner Responses on the Collection and Use of Usage Statistics

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Conference View from #2605

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 30, 2010 - 9:49am

ALA’s sprawling conference leaves librarians dashing between hotels and meeting rooms, but I mostly stayed in one place--the ALA Publishing booth.  I let the conference come to me. My colleagues and I were there to tell people about the RDA Toolkit, Guide to Reference and of course, ALA TechSource.

ALA Editions editors used a small table for meetings with authors. The RDA Toolkit had launched only a few days before the conference, and visitors came in a steady flow. Most were familiar with RDA and had a few specific questions about functions. On the last day, folks came to gawk at the heft of the print version. Not to brag, but I’m familiar enough with any of those products to give a serviceable demo. While working on the RDA project and its RDA Vocabularies component, I learned about the
NSDL Registry managed by Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps. Karen Coyle consulted on the project and has written a two-issue series of Library Technology Reports explaining the semantic web and how the RDA Vocabularies might be deployed with its technologies (by the way,you can get that two-issue set at 50% off at the ALA Store). Read More »

New LTR eBook Part of ALA Editions eEditions Initiative

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 21, 2010 - 1:29pm

April's issue of Library Technology Reports, Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library, by Jason Griffey is available as an ebook bundle in the ALA Store. Typically, single-copy purchasers have a choice between buying print (available in the ALA Store) or, for an ebook, a PDF version from our MetaPress site. As we prepared for Griffey's webinar, we realized that it would be a fitting, if not an expectation, for the issue to be viewable on a gadget.
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