Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 5, 2010 - 10:15am
David Lee King certainly doesn't need anyone to give him a voice--whether on his blog, through presentations or in publications, when David talks about libraries and technology, people listen. We received tons of positive feedback on David's August 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, Building the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Transforming Your Library Website and accompanying webinar.
I had a chance to chat briefly with David and see what kind of feedback he received on this work, and what else he's up to. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 1, 2010 - 3:47pm
The archive of our Webinar TechTrends: Midwinter 2010 is now available. We've posted the audio and visual aspects of the event to Vimeo and the slides to slideshare. Thanks to all who attended, our wonderful panelists Jason Griffey, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kate Sheehan and Greg Landgraf, and our sponsor, the SirsiDynix Institute.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 12, 2010 - 10:19am
Our webinar, TechTrends: Midwinter 2010, was a huge success! We had some great presentations and some lively discussion. We tackled some exciting topics. Just to name a few: Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 1, 2010 - 2:25pm
In the wake of the 2010 Midwinter meeting, there's been a lot of talk about unconferences and online conferences. A rough economy and the inconvenience of long-distance travel, combined with the proliferation of Web 2.0, VoIP and other tools for instantaneous online communication have led to a significant increase in the popularity of online events. Our own Tom Peters has written quite a bit about this topic on the blog and in Smart Libraries Newsletter. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 28, 2010 - 10:19am
The ALA Midwinter meeting provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how technology is continuing to transform the library world. Between the exhibition floor and the variety of technology-related events, the conference can provide attendees with an overview of where library technology is, and where it may be going. Of course, for various reasons, many librarians weren't able to attend, and many who did found themselves spread too thin to attend every technology-related event they might have wanted to. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 19, 2010 - 12:27pm
Today, we face a significant time of change that is being prompted by today’s library user. This user no longer visits the physical library as his primary source of information, but seeks and creates information while connected to the global computer network. The change that libraries will need to make in response must include the transformation of the library’s public catalog from a stand-alone database of bibliographic records to a highly hyperlinked data set that can interact with information resources on the World Wide Web. The library data can then be integrated into the virtual working spaces of the users served by the library.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 14, 2010 - 4:11pm
As part of our continuing partnership with WebJunction, ALA TechSource presents WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond, a Webinar with Joshua Dodson and Laura Slavin on Wednesday, February 10th at noon Eastern.
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 11, 2010 - 2:40pm
TechSource is kicking off the new year by turning our focus to a concept at the very core of library technology--library metadata. With all of the discussion about Google, ILS, Social Networking and eBooks, the major trends, developments and transformations in how library data is organized, managed and utilized often get overlooked.
Library Technology Reports will kick 2010 off with a double-dose of Library Data. Karen Coyle has authored our January and February issues. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 7, 2009 - 4:47pm
When it comes to the modern ILS, customization is all the rage. Marshall Breeding addresses this trend in the December issue of Library Technology Reports:
Over the last few years, Web services and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) have become dominant themes in IT across many industries. Web-based computing, service-orientation, and cloud computing increasingly displace the client/server approach favored by libraries in the past.
In library automation, one major trend involves evolving or rebuilding automation systems to adopt this new approach to software. Purveyors of both open source and proprietary library automation products increasingly emphasize the ways in which they embrace openness, support application programming interfaces (APIs), or implement Web services.
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