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Archive of TechTrends: ALA Annual 2010 Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 28, 2010 - 8:12am

The rescheduled TechTrends: Annual 2010 Webinar took place yesterday, and was a smashing success. Thanks to all of our participants and panelists, who helped make it such a great event. We also want to thank Michael Stephens and Jason Griffey, who were both unable to participate in the rescheduled event, but contributed by posting their slides and a rundown of their TechTrends on the blog (Jason's Trends are here and Michael's are here).

Below you'll find the following, in this order:

  • Video and Audio of the Event
  • Jason Griffey's Slides
  • Michael Stephens' Slides
  • Marshall Breeding's Slides
  • Kate Sheehan's Slides
  • Tom Peters' Slides

Enjoy the archive! We'll see you at the next TechSource Webinar. Read More »

New issue of LTR from Char Booth! Hope, Hype and VoIP: Riding the Library Technology Cycle

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 15, 2010 - 1:45pm

Texting. The cloud. E-books. Location-based services. Mobile devices, virtual worlds, microblogging, wikis, social media, and so on. What do these things have in common? They have all taken their turn as “the next big thing.” There’s never a been a shortage of up-and-coming library technologies, but while some prove to be revolutionary, others flame out just as quickly. Confusing matters even more, the next big thing might pan out great for Library A, but crash and burn for Library B. We all work with limited resources, so when we invest in a new tool or service, we want confidence our time and funds go towards something lasting and useful (rather than a lot of hype). Read More »

Today's Webinar Disaster

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 13, 2010 - 1:05pm

To Anyone who Registered for Today's Webinar,

Due to unanticipated technical problems, we have been forced to pull the plug on today's webinar, TechTrends: Annual 2010. Though we were very excited to bring you this event, it appears that the number of attendees led to a severe server crash.

We are tremendously sorry for the inconvenience, and will work to resurrect this event as quickly as we can. We will keep you updated as we work to make this up to all who registered for this event.

Thank you, and again, we offer our sincerest apologies to everyone who wanted to participate.

Important Information about Registration for Building the Digital Branch Workshop

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 2, 2010 - 10:41am

It's recently come to our attention that there is a glitch in the registration process for our workshop Building the Digital Branch with David Lee King. The ALA Store is incorporating a shipping charge into the fee for this event, despite the fact that there is nothing to ship and thus no such fee.

We are short staffed because of the holiday weekend, and will not be able to fix this problem until Tuesday, July 6th. If you are planning on registering for the event, please wait until after that date. If you have registered for the event and been charged the shipping cost, please contact us at and we will process a refund for you.

Thank you for your patience. Read More »

Building the Digital Branch: An ALA TechSource Workshop with David Lee King

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 1, 2010 - 7:43am

Every library needs a presence on the Web. Whether you work at a large academic library or a public library in a small town, you need to be able to provide service and content to your patrons beyond the walls of your building. In this workshop, David Lee King will take you through the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that will exand and enhance your library's presence in its community.

This event will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd at 2:30pm Eastern (1:30pm Central, 11:30am Pacific).

Whether you're looking to launch your first website, redesign your site, or expand the site you have, this workshop will provide practical guidance for every step of the process. Read More »

Thanks to everyone who attended the ALA TechSource Gadget Petting Zoo!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 28, 2010 - 10:05am

We want to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's ALA TechSource Gadget Petting Zoo! The event was a major success, with dozens of people coming by the ALA Publishing booth to talk with some of our bloggers about the latest gadgets and what they can do for our libraries.

It's hard to say which gadget got the most attention. Of course we were expecting a ton of interest in the iPad and eReaders, and the interest was certainly there. But there was so much activity and discussion going on at the booth that it would be unfair to say that those devices dominated the conversation. Read More »

Upcoming Webinar--TechTrends: ALA Annual 2010

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 23, 2010 - 8:37am

At the ALA Annual Conference, it seems like there's always more to do and see than you can possibly fit into your schedule. No matter how many exhibits you see, how many presentations you attend and how many interesting people you meet, there's always something that you feel like you missed.
When it comes to technology at the conference, ALA TechSource has you covered. We're happy to announce that once again, we're hosting a Webinar featuring an expert panel who'll provide a look back at ALA Annual Conference from a library technology perspective. Our panel will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference.

This Webinar will take place Tuesday, July 13th at 2:30 Eastern/1:30 Central/ 11:30 Pacific.
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ALA TechSource Event at Annual: Electronic Gadget Petting Zoo

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 22, 2010 - 8:04am

If you're headed to the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. this year, we hope you'll join us on the exhibition floor at the ALA Publishing Booth for the ALA TechSource Electronic Gadget Petting Zoo! This unique event will take place on Sunday, June 27 from 11:00am–12:30pm at Booth #2605 Read More »

Comments on the Blog

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 21, 2010 - 8:33am

Reader participation in a blog is like a community's engagement with a public library--it's impossible to have too much involvement. The ALA TechSource blog is a place for perspectives, opinions, news and discussion of library technology trends. While the first three are obviously important, librarianship is a profession where collaboration is essential, and without discussion, its impossible for librarians to take full advantage of the new technology that is transforming our profession. We want our readers to be more than readers. We hold your comments in the highest regard, and we're always looking for more perspective, insight and criticism from those who enjoy the material on this blog.
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Making the Right Choice: Software Purchases for Your Library’s Needs and Budget with Marshall Breeding

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 14, 2010 - 12:17pm

Marshall Breeding will be hosting the first of our ALA TechSource Online Workshops, Making the Right Choice: Software Purchases for Your Library’s Needs. The event will take place on Tuesday July 20th at 1:30pm Central/2:30pm Eastern/11:30am Pacific. Read More »