Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey

By Daniel A. Freeman |

We're really excited to announce another ALA TechSource Workshop, Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with our very own Jason Griffey.

Jason is a guy who needs no introduction. If you work at a library, you've probably heard his name in connection with a discussion on gadgets in their role in the future of libraries. Maybe you've read his many blog posts that cover the topic. Maybe you read his issue of Library Technology Reports. Maybe your one of the thousands of people who've seen him speak at a library conference or in a webinar. The bottom line is this: if you want to learn about how to use gadgets in your library, Jason is your guy.

From the iPad to eReaders, gadgets are everywhere. As these personal electronic devices become more and more ubiquitous in everyday life, it’s essential that libraries are fluent in the language of these devices. Whether your library wants to make use of these items in its services or purchase them to lend out to patrons, this interactive workshop will give you the foundation you for bringing your library into the future through gadgets. 

Topic covered will include:

Session 1: Non-e-Reader Gadgets 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern 

  • Personal Electronics are Personal
  • Operating Systems vs Devices
  • iOS & Android
  • Circulation & Policy

Session 2: E-Readers and More 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern

  • Types, differences, decisions
  • Amazon, Nook, Sony
  • Cataloging and Representation in Systems
  • Summary and Conclusions

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. The workshop takes place on Wednesdays, April 13th and April 20th at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific. Each session will last 90 minutes.