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Sample Chapter- Planning for Your Library's Drupal Site

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 27, 2013 - 10:29am

Ken Varnum is teaching the upcoming ALA Editions ecourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. As with all The TECH SET titles, we've posted an interview with Ken and a sample chapter. You can go directly to Scribd to read Chapter 3 "Planning" and share with your colleagues.


eContent Quarterly Preview Issue Ready for Download

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 2, 2013 - 2:19pm

ALA TechSource has launched the new eContent Quarterly with a free preview issue announced at Annual Conference. Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic are coeditors.

On the heels of the No Shelf Required 2 book, Sue Polanka was ready to try a new approach to covering the dynamic e-book marketplace for libraries. Not wanting to go it alone, she thought of Mirela, who had impressed her with outstanding editorial direction during their collaboration on an IGI book. She persuaded Mirela to join her as coeditor, and they proposed the digital journal to ALA. Mirela covered the e-book market for Library Journal. A contributor to Sue’s No Shelf Required blog, she wrote the Library Technology Report "E-Book Platforms in Libraries," which covers offerings from 51 leading e-book vendors. Read More »


Makerspace Programs at Conference

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 28, 2013 - 10:49pm

 

Yvette Leigh, a branch manager at Chicago Public Library, shows off one of the CNC Mills at the Harold Washington Library Makerspace at a preconference on Friday. Attendees got a tour of the makerspace, scheduled to open July 8. The space also has Laser Cutters and Makerbot Replicator 3D Printers. 

Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, a supplier and consultant to the lab, wrote a detailed description of the lab's equipment. Read More »


ALA Annual Conference Tech Wrap-Up Webinar - July 8

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 27, 2013 - 4:54pm

Once again, our team of Marshall Breeding, Sue Polanka, and Jason Griffey will present a free webinar on the technology that caught their eye at conference. Join us Monday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. (Note an email promotion today stated an incorrect time.) Register here.


Slides, resources from the Integrating Tablets workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 14, 2013 - 4:50pm

Thanks to Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorfield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier for today's workshop, Part 1 of Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services. The slides are on slideshare and embedded below. The presenters also keep the Tumblr on iPads and Tablets in Libraries, where they shared Recommended Reading for today's presentation. Watch that space for the App Guide in advance of next week's presentation of Part 2. Read More »


Introducing the Book as iPad App- free webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 26, 2013 - 4:46pm

Nicole Hennig will return this Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a fresh look at how publishers are using the iPad platform to create a new kind of book. Not the straight text, you’ll read in a Kindle app, these books mix elements of film, videogames, and social media to create a new immersive experience for readers. Nicole’s webinar this past summer was a hit. Register for Introducing Books as iPad App, and: Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Establishing an eReader Lending Program

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 22, 2013 - 3:32pm

Yesterday, Sue Polanka of No Shelf Required presented Part 2 of her workshop on ebooks and libraries: Establishing an eReader Lending Program. Below are her slides. Join us in a few weeks for the workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier, and Heather Moorefield-Lang. Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Purchasing E-Books for Your Library

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2013 - 4:30pm

Sue Polanka just wrapped up Part 1 of her workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. Loads of resources in her slides! See below. Join us for Part 2, on February 21 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More »


Creating a Pilot for LMS-Embedded Librarianship

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 31, 2013 - 1:50pm

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, Beth Tumbleson and John Burke will present the ALA TechSource workshop Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems. Their book on the topic is schedule for publication in May. The prospect of rolling out a new program dependent on faculty buy-in might seem daunting. Like many new projects, running a pilot makes sense. To get started, you only need one or two faculty with whom you have a good working relationship. Below is a how-to excerpt from the forthcoming book. Read it, share it, and join us on Thursday for the workshop. Read More »


3D Printing in Libraries: Inspiration or Distraction?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2013 - 6:02pm

Earlier this month, a good old fashioned blogosphere discussion broke out, complete with active comment logs and trackbacks.

Hugh Rundle started the conversation with “Mission creep -- a 3D printer will not save your library.” He argues public libraries lack a business case for 3D printing. Rather, technolust and fear of missing out are instead the drivers. “Yes, libraries provide access to information sources and creation tools that can be expensive to individuals, but that doesn’t mean that loaning or providing access to things that are expensive is what libraries are for,” Hugh writes. He highlights a number of projects and opportunities for libraries to support and curate patrons creative efforts in more appropriate ways. Read More »