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The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 15, 2011 - 11:56am

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012 will take place February 13-15, at the New York Marriott Marquis. ALA TechSource will be covering the conference on the blog, with preliminary interviews with presenters and live webcasts on topics of interest to libraries; and we have a special offer. Read More »


Digital Literacy in US Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 30, 2011 - 6:56pm

Excerpted from the Library Technology Reports August / September 2011 (vol. 47, no. 6) “The Transforming Public Library Infrastructure,” ALA Office for Resarch and Statistics. Chapter 6 “Digital Literacy Center Stage, Larra Clark and Marijke Visser. Learn how to use the data from from the study in a free WebJunction webinar November 1, 2011. See the archive and resources page.

While information literacy has been well defined over the past two decades in our school and academic libraries, public libraries are newer to formal instruction in this arena. For many public libraries, teaching basic computers skills—in classes or as needed—has become a requirement as critical interactions with employers and government agencies demand it from those seeking resources and opportunities and as these individuals come to the library to access such resources. With computer skill classes now a regular part of the library landscape, it is time to raise the bar and expand patrons’ digital fluency and evaluation skills. Read More »


New Offers on ALA TechSource Subscriptions

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 18, 2011 - 12:14pm

This summer we ran a special offer of $99 for our ALA TechSource online subscription -- access to Libary Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter. We’ve extended the deadline another couple of weeks to October 31, 2011. This unprecedented offer is hard to be beat. You’ll receive 8 Library Technology Reports and 12 issues of Marshall Breeding’s Smart Libraries Newsletter, plus access to an archive. To place an order, use this form.

We’ve also lowered our prices and made online access (through MetaPress) standard for purchasers of print subscriptions. We will be making online access available to existing print subscribers during the next couple of months. For a pricing list, see Purchase Publications.


Product News: OverDrive 3rd Quarter Results Show Spike in Ebook Use

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 14, 2011 - 12:39pm

OverDrive released 3rd quarter 2011  traffic and ciruclation statisics a few days ago. Through September 30, the 15,000 libraries in the OverDrive network showed nearly triple the number of eBook checkouts versus all of 2010, as well as more than 2 million new users. Below are details. Read More »

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Product News: Boopsie to Offer Mobile Apps in Spanish

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 16, 2011 - 1:03pm

Boopsie will debut a Spanish language version of its mobile app at the REFORMA conference starting today in Denver,CO.

Boopsie apps are available in all languages using the Latin alphabet. Customers are responsible for content translation. REFORMA chapters are available to assist libraries with Spanish language services. See the REFORMA website for a list of chapters. http://www.reforma.org

According to a recent Pew study, Smartphone adoption among Hispanics is among the highest in the country at 45 percent.

Full press release on PRWeb.
Visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/9/prweb8792467.htm


Subject Guides Born Again with Social Media Tools

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 8, 2011 - 9:48am

Are you attending Buffy Hamilton’s September 20th Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library? Give some time to her preliminary readings. Even if you haven’t registered for the workshop, this list is worth a read for anybody who creates subject guides. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into the Library, with Sue Polanka

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 4, 2011 - 4:23pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers Into Your Library with Sue Polanka. We’ll post a few questions and referenced resources here.  Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

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Special Offer! ALA TechSource Online for Only $99!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 2, 2011 - 3:09pm

As a reader of this blog, you’re familiar with the range of invaluable advice on technology and the library that our bloggers share. Now we’re making it easier for you to get access to more of our in-depth, original content. For a limited time you can get a digital subscription to ALA TechSource Online for only $99.  We’ve never offered such a low price for 8 new electronic issues of Library Technology Reports (available both as downloadable PDFs or in HTML) and 12 Smart Libraries Newsletter issues, featuring Marshall Breeding’s famous analysis and insider coverage of developments in the library technology marketplace. 
If you subscribe now, here’s what you’ll get to read in the coming year: Read More »


Balancing User-Generated Content with Library Policy - Free Webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 30, 2011 - 3:50pm

Our friends at WebJunction will host the free webinar Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web with Eli Neiburger and Barbara Jones, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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Neiburger and Jones are contributing writers to our December Library Technology Report Privacy and the Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries (vol. 46 / no. 8). The report presents analysis from the library community's intellectual freedom leaders alongside articles from a few of its most active technology advocates. "We hope to open up lines of communication," writes Angela Maycock in the Introduction, "to invite one another into our separate spheres, and to ensure that our thinking and our conclusions are better informed by the insights of one another." Pairing the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom's Jones with  the provocative Neiburger, the webinar promises to accomplish that along with simulating conversation in the chat window. Read More »


Readings for the RDA Workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2011 - 12:01pm

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Are you registered for the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future? I'm here to nag you about doing your homework.

As with all ALA TechSource Workshops, we've asked our presenters to select a set of readings for participants. The common foundation will support a focused discussion. If you're not able to attend the Workshop, but want to learn a bit about RDA, read along with us. Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann suggested the following readings: Read More »