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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Introducing ALA TechSource Workshops

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 14, 2010 - 12:06pm

ALA TechSource is proud to announce ALA TechSource Workshops, our newest online initiative in furthering discussion, learning and information sharing for librarians and other information professionals interested in keeping up with and applying technology effectively. Read More »


New Library Technology Report Examines a Potentially Disruptive Technology

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 9, 2010 - 8:30am

Currently, the management and presentation of digital library collections revolve mostly around the digital library systems that house them. A librarian decides what digital resources go together and then works within the capabilities of the system to present the resources in an appropriate and orderly context. The result is typically a series of webpages that human beings need to navigate to find and click on the links to the resources that meet their information needs. While the system may expose its metadata for harvesting or its index for federated searching, the digital resources themselves are tucked deeply inside proprietary silos. Read More »


Archive: Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 24, 2010 - 8:45am

We're happy to present the archive from our recent Webinar, Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library. Thanks again to our fantastic presenters Meredith Farkas and John Blyberg.

Whether your reviewing the webinar or enjoying it for the first time, we've opened up some content from previous issues of Library Technology Reports to supplement the experience. Please visit our MetaPress archive, where you'll have free access to Michael Stephens' Web 2.0 and Libraries Series:

Part One: Best Practices for Social Software

Part Two: Trends & Technologies Read More »


Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library with John Blyberg and Meredith Farkas

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 26, 2010 - 8:46am

As anyone who had a Friendster account knows, Web 2.0 technologies are often a short spark rather than a slow burn. The same is true of institutions like libraries when they take the initiative in implementing these technologies are part of their online presence. While there are certainly libraries that have been successful in implementing blogs or a presence on Facebook, the web is littered with inactive library blogs, lifeless virtual library community and Facebook pages that are out-of-date.

ALA TechSource is happy to announce the next in our series of Webinars, Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library with Meredith Farkas and John  Blyberg. The Webinar will take place on Thursday, May 13th at 3pm Eastern, Noon Pacific. You can register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/639816138.
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Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 20, 2010 - 10:04am

We're happy to announce that the April 2010 issue of Library Technology Report, "Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library" is now available for purchase!

TechSource blogger and renowned library technology expert Jason Griffey has assembled a concise, practical and clear guide to the present and future of gadgets, and the potential they have for you and your library. Read More »


Archive: Directions in Metadata Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 2, 2010 - 12:01pm

Once again, thanks to everyone who particpated in our fantastic webinar yesterday. As promised, here's the video archive on the Webinar and the slides from the introduction and presentation.

A reminder--the discussion on Twitter continues using the #LibData hashtag.

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Coming Soon: Jason Griffey Webinar and LTR on Gadgets and the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 29, 2010 - 8:10am

There's no question about it--gadgets are everywhere. Just go for a walk outside and you're sure to see people using cell phones, laptops, GPS systems and other devices. The library is no exception, and the new technologies are emerging and changing so quickly that it can be hard to get a grip on what you need, what you want, and what can be helpful to staff and patrons.

Fortunately for TechSource readers, Jason Griffey is here to help out. Jason is the author of the April issue of Library Technology Reports, "Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library", which will be a practical guide to the present and the future of these tools and what they can do for the librarian. Read More »


TechSource Webinar: Directions in Metadata with Karen Coyle

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 15, 2010 - 9:13am

More on QR Codes in Ellyssa Kroski's LTR

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 12, 2010 - 11:51am

Jason wrote earlier this week about the potential for QR Codes to help librarians annotate the real world though digital metadata.

If you enjoyed this post, you should check out Ellyssa Kroski's July 2008 issue of Library Technology Reports, "On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technology".Ellyssa was way ahead of the curve, exploring this topic in a Report that is still very relevant in 2010. An excerpt: Read More »


January Library Technology Reports: Important Correction

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 8, 2010 - 9:33am

We'd like to make sure that all of our readers are aware of this important correction to the January issue of Library Technology Reports, Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata by Karen Coyle.

A reminder--you can purchase Karen's two-part LTR series on bibliographic data for the price of one issue at the ALA Store.

The images numbered Figure 10, Figure 11, and Figure 12 in the January 2010 issue of Library Technology Reports were incorrect. The correct figures are below.
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