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TECH SET interview: Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 8, 2012 - 10:53am

Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer are reference librarians at Columbia University and authors of IM and SMS Reference Services for Libraries, #19 in The TECH SET. They believe that reference through IM and text messaging is not only a service librarians can offer, it's a necessary one. In this brief interview with Ellyssa Kroski, they discuss their inspiration for the book and a few how-to projects covered in the implementation chapter.

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TECH SET interview: Ken Varnum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 31, 2012 - 4:08pm

Editors Note: The TECH SET Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski has interviewed authors about their books. We will post the interviews to the companion pages for the The TECH SET. Starting today, and on Thursdays during the next 9 weeks, we will feature an interview on the ALA TechSource blog.

Yesterday, one of the participants in Sean Fitzpatrick's Drupal Basics workshop asked if we could suggest a concise guide on using Drupal to develop a library website. Yes we can!

Among the 10 new titles to The TECH SET series is Drupal in Libraries (14) , by Kenneth J. Varnum. Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski spoke to Ken about the book. Below the SoundCloud embed are a few notes from the interview. Read More »

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New Bibliographic Framework and Linked Data

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 29, 2012 - 11:33am

Library of Congress (LC) announced last week that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative.

LC’s plan for the new bibliographic framework stated, released in October 2011, stated: Read More »

Sarah Ludwig to Blog at ALA TechSource

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 11, 2012 - 7:03am

I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Ludwig to the ALA TechSource blog team. She will join bloggers Jason Griffey and Kate Sheehan and new Code Words columnist Jason Clark.

A 2010 ALA Emerging Leader, Sarah is academic technology coordinator at Hamden Hall, a preK-12 school in Connecticut. She previously worked at Darien Library, where in various positions she managed reference, technology, and teen services. She is author of Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and is one of VOYA’s “Tag Team Tech” columnists. Read More »

The TECH SET 11-20 is Published

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2012 - 4:14pm

The TECH SET is here, on my messy desk, as well as in our warehouse and ready to ship.

Congratulations to Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski and authors Amanda Beilskas, Marshall Breeding, Jason Clark, Kathleen Dreyer, Amanda Etches, Robin Fay, Michael Lascarides, Joe Murphy, Greg R. Notess, Michael P. Sauers, Aaron Schmidt, Sarah K. Steiner, and Kenneth J. Varnum on publication of their TECH SET books. Read More »

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Introducing Code Words with Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 13, 2012 - 9:26am

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce a new series for the blog, Code Words, by Jason Clark.

The web is bursting with new software and new tech tools, but sorting through it all is time-consuming. Each month, Jason will share practical tips and snippets of code to give you a running start on projects. Occasionally, he’ll take a look at the bigger picture and point to an emerging tech or programming concept that people might want to know about. Read More »

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Here comes THE TECH SET!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

If you’ve been watching M&A activity in the library-literature space, you know that Neal-Schuman joined ALA Publishing back in December. Among the plums are the 10 new titles for THE TECH SET. The authors of books 1-10, Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski, and the Neal-Schuman staff were honored with the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Books in Library Literature. Following this success comes the next set, ready for the printer, with June pub dates. Here’s what Ellyssa and her team of authors have worked up for you. Read More »

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An Annual Bird's Eye View of Libraries' ILS Migration

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 21, 2012 - 11:06am

Nearly daily, an integrated library system vendor sends out announcements about library implementations or agreements. Marshall Breeding, as ever, helps you make sense of it all. If you're in any phase of evaluating your current systems or alternatives, check out his nifty chart Integrated Library System turnover in 2011 on the Library Technology Guides site. Drawing from data contributed by libraries registered in lib-web-cats, Marshall has presented an aggregate view. Turnover  from previous years and 2012 to date is also available. 

Douglas County Libraries' DIY E-Book Hosting

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 13, 2012 - 5:15pm

A few miles from the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado, Douglas County Libraries is blazing trails in e-books in libraries. As Director James LaRue described in a Public Libraries article, the library staff, while happy with OverDrive’s solution at the in the early days of e-books, now question the feasibility getting e-books only through an aggregator platform because of costs, licensing terms, and other factors. Read More »

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Product News: OverDrive Acquires Australian eBook Company

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 5, 2012 - 4:51pm

OverDrive, Inc. ( announced today it has acquired Australian eBook company ( is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular eBooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. eBooks live “in the cloud,” are browser-based and do not require the user to first install any software or app. OverDrive will expand the distribution and digital bookstore platforms as well as integrate HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.