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Multiple platforms in the ALA exhibit hall by Marshall Breeding The exhibit hall at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas provided both a respite from the weather and a chance to learn about the latest developments in library technology. As the world’s l ...
geberhart - 08/07/2014 - 09:04 - American Libraries Magazine
Usability testing to create better user experiences By Meredith Farkas Whatever issues I may have had with an unnamed discovery tool as a librarian, I always believed that it was an easier tool for students to use than our OPAC. And then I met Steve (not ...
bgoldberg - 07/07/2014 - 16:24 - American Libraries Magazine
By Beverly Goldberg It’s been two years since the Ephrata (Pa.) Public Library began lending Roku devices—digital video players that people plug into their televisions so they can view on a larger screen digitized programming that is archived online, such ...
bgoldberg - 06/16/2014 - 16:32 - American Libraries Magazine
By Laurie D. Borman June means the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, and this year we’re going to Las Vegas. The conference program is packed with speakers and programs, so flip to our preview to get the latest information on what’s happening. While y ...
LBORMAN - 06/02/2014 - 12:38 - American Libraries Magazine
Tips for effective instruction with screencasting By Meredith Farkas Five years ago, I wrote about the value of screencasting software—software that films the action on your computer’s desktop—to create instructional videos on how to use the library and i ...
bgoldberg - 05/27/2014 - 16:17 - 1 comment - American Libraries Magazine
By Laurie D. Borman This issue (May 2014) we invited Marshall Breeding to give us a status and trends report on strategic products of the library technology industry. His detailed investigation begins here. He has been reporting on technology in the indus ...
LBORMAN - 05/05/2014 - 12:47 - American Libraries Magazine
Library gamification encourages engagement and learning By Meredith Farkas Everyone grows up playing games. Whether it’s hide-and-seek, checkers, or Angry Birds, gaming pervades our culture and is an indelible part of our childhoods. Online gaming has bec ...
bgoldberg - 02/24/2014 - 09:23 - American Libraries Magazine
Libraries are making scholarship accessible to all By Meredith Farkas With the growing cost of higher education, declining library budgets, and the crisis in scholarly publishing, it can sometimes be difficult to feel optimistic. Looking at the creative e ...
bgoldberg - 12/23/2013 - 20:00 - 1 comment - American Libraries Magazine
By Karen Muller Funds shift, coworkers leave, a new director arrives. Such unexpected job changes may require you to learn a new skill—fast. In my experience, I feel as though I can learn nearly anything from books. Even if I need to take a class, watch a ...
PMOREHART - 11/26/2013 - 16:47 - American Libraries Magazine