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Sarah Houghton and Paul Signorelli Take on Web Analytics for Librarians

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 28, 2011 - 8:29am

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new session of the popular workshop Web Analytics for Librarians: Informing Decisions Through Web User Data with Paul Signorelli and Sarah Houghton. This workshop will take place in two parts on Jan. 12 and 26, 2012.

In order to guide purchases and appropriately distribute services and staff time, it’s essential that libraries accurately track the usage of their websites and online resources. In this two-part workshop, Sarah Houghton and Paul Signorelli will define, demystify, and explore web analytics. You will learn how to use web analytics as tools for improving your library’s information architecture, usability, marketing and communication. 

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Continuing the Conversation: Facebook in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 2, 2011 - 2:35pm

We just wrapped up David Lee King’s ALA TechSource  Workshop Facebook in the Library: Enhancing Services and Engaging Users. We had some great discussion during the event--here are some more questions to discuss. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

Questions from Today’s Event:

  • What are key issues for deciding whether a library should have multiple Facebook pages, that is for different audiences, like children and families, or branches?
  • Do you need to reach a certain level of followers or fans before Event pages make sense?
  • What are your thoughts on offering reference service through Facebook?

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Upholding Library Values in Your E-Book Acquisition: A Viewing/Reading List from Sarah Houghton

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 1, 2011 - 7:29am

On December 7th and 14th, Sarah Houghton will be facilitating the two-part ALA TechSource Workshop E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values. Regardless of whether or not you plan to attend, you should check out the preliminary reading list that Sarah put together for the event. These materials underscore what Sarah will show in more detail during the workshop--that you can build a big, vibrant e-book collection for your library without violating widely-accepted library values and pricipals. You can register for the workshop on the ALA Store at both individual and group rates. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 20, 2011 - 2:17pm
We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource  Workshop
Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang. We had some great discussion during the event--here are some more questions to discuss. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

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Continuing the Conversation: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 13, 2011 - 2:34pm

Update: During Part I of the Integrating iPads and Tablets into Library Services workshops, Catawba College Librarian Keith Engwall volunteered to share his “Getting Started with the iPad2” help document, and many of you responded enthusiastically. Thanks to Keith’s generosity, this document is now available for you to view—it’s embedded below. Be sure to join us this Thursday as we answer more of your questions, explore more practical applications of tablets in libraries, and look in-depth at some amazing apps! Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Creating Subject Guides for a 21st Century Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 21, 2011 - 8:08am

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library with Buffy Hamilton. We had some fantastic discussion during this event, and because the session was so jam-packed with content, Buffy wasn’t able to answer all of the great questions participants had. Below are some questions for continued discussion. Buffy will be responding in the comments--whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

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Continuing the Conversation: Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 14, 2011 - 2:23pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library with Suzann Hollland. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

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Continuing the Conversation: Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 7, 2011 - 2:20pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library with Suzann Hollland. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

The Preliminary Readings from Today’s Event
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Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into the Library, with Sue Polanka, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on August 11, 2011 - 2:34pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers Into Your Library with Sue Polanka. 

A few security-related questions came in that we did not have time to answer. Here’s Sue’s quick takes. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

Has anyone ever had issues with patrons wiping out the content on a device, how do you replace?

Sue: Not yet, but you should be able to very quickly send the content back to the device wirelessly or by drag/drop of files.

In a public library, how do you make sure you get e-readers back?

Sue: Fines.  We charge $25.00 - check the Wright State University LibGuide on ebooks for more information. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 28, 2011 - 2:04pm

We just wrapped up the secondsession of the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library  with Meredith Farkas. There was some fantastic discussion during this event. We wanted to share Meredith’s slides and resources with you.

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