ALA Technology Resources

In this new workshop, Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will introduce you to the cloud, explaining how it works in straightforward terms librarians at every technical level can understand. She’ll then show how you can use cloud-based tools to collaborate, save money, and make your library more efficient. A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, November 7, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Watch this free ALA TechSource hourlong webinar, Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library with John Blyberg and Meredith Farkas.

The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently added two 3D printers, along with a 3D scanner and supporting software, to its collection.
3D printing is the process of creating physical objects by building layers of quickly-hardening material one on top of the other.
This page provides information about how RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) can be implemented in libraries.
To monitor technological and societal trends that are relevant to libraries and public access to information and encourage and contribute to discussions about these trends in forums inside and outside of ALA.
This issue of Library Technology Reports analyzes five different academic libraries to better understand their investments, detailing the outcome thus far and drawing conclusions about the next-generation catalog.
Broward County Library, located in in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the collection of more than 34,000 public domain titles featured on their ‘Virtual Branch’ website directly available and visible in one of the busiest centers of their community – the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
A digital media lab is a space designed for patrons to have access to software and hardware to create digital media—such as videos, music, podcasts, images, ebooks, websites, animation, and more.
The library can be an important center of community for Latino immigrants. This on-demand webinar helps you maximize the potential of your library to connect with and provide services for Spanish-speaking patrons. Instructor Loida Garcia-Febo presents tips about blending emerging technologies and social media with in-person services such as programming and reference in order to build a library community that welcomes and assists Spanish speakers. She provides successful service examples from libraries in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, and other countries.
This complete handbook guides the reader through the process of planning, development, and launch of their own mobile library applications.
Librarians and information professionals will find practical guidance on customizing their catalogues to keep them up to date with the latest trends in technology in this authoritative manual.
Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library received a $100,000 grant from the California State Library to form a partnership with Barnes & Noble and develop a plan to successfully check out e-readers to the public. In six short months, a committee of nine figured out collection challenges, copyright and CIPA issues, how to train 250 staff, manage public interest that exceeded expectations, and conduct a rigid assessment program. Watch this on-demand webinar and learn new ideas about how to implement an e-reader lending program at your library.
This report tells the story of technology changing the fundamental forms of information; of these new forms changing the way people find, access, and use information; and of the changes in core library missions and services that will result from these new behaviors.
This free 90-minute webinar will feature a panel of experts on "hot topics" in privacy today, plus practical tips and resources for developing library programming to engage the community. Brought to you by American Libraries and ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff. With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions.
Is helping residents in your community to Connect to the Online World a service priority in your library now? Do you think it may become a service priority in the future? What types of services and programs might you provide to support this priority? In this PLA Service Response Workbook you will find tools to assess your current services in this area and to identify what would be required to expand those services.
Links, information, and news about control and censorship of the internet
Core Technology Competencies for Libraries and Library Staff provides an excellent starting point for defining and evaluating the right inventory of technical skills and management attributes for librarians and library staff.
This on-demand webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation. Toby Greenwalt and Mick Jacobsen from the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library share their insights on how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab to library administration, set up a space that fits any budget, and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time. If you build it, they will come!
del.icio.us subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it's easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming.
The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence
The digital revolution has resulted in an important, and sometimes daunting, change in the way libraries and other organizations procure, access and store information available for internal use and for use by researchers. Before the advent of electronic resources, libraries regularly purchased and owned print copies of materials for their collections. We are now witnessing a revolution in how information is acquired, stored and accessed. Librarians have become negotiators and interpreters of legal agreements.
Drupal is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that many libraries use to create well-designed, easy-to-use and manage websites. Go step-by-step through the decisions and tasks needed to develop and launch a Drupal-powered site and learn the advantages of the open source approach.
Renowned library blogger, speaker, and educator Connie Crosby shares her experience and expertise in this step-by-step guide to successful library blogging.
Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library webpages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects (and the benefits of it!); and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors.
With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Cody Hanson provides a foundation for moving your library into the mobile world.
Library Videos and Webcasts has the building blocks you need to effectively, affordably, and easily create and broadcast high-quality webcasts to your library users, staff and the social networking sites beyond.
Makerspaces are gaining popularity in public libraries across the U.S. These innovative spots introduce library patrons to tools, like 3D printers and makerbots, not normally found in the library and offer patrons the opportunity to explore their interests, use new tools, and develop creative projects. Join webinar presenter, Lauren Britton, developer of the “Fayetteville Fab Lab” at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, to learn all about makerspaces including what they are, why your library should think about developing one, and what elements need to be incorporated.
As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries’ commitments to open information and accessibility
detailed analysis of the whys of social media and the hows of getting staff and library users involved, Managing Social Media in Libraries explores the developing information environment, taking librarians beyond the mechanics of using social media to establish a framework for making social media effective.
Microblogging and lifestreaming applications like Twitter, Tumblr, and Friend Feed are all around you and your users in everyday life. In Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries, author Robin M. Hastings presents a practical primer to help any library transform these cutting-edge, budget-friendly services into highly effective professional tools.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed an app to help students search for books, read summaries, and find their way through the library.
Mobile Technology and Libraries is a practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library’s mobile presence.
Developing user-focused web environments, accessible from all devices, is crucial to the sustained relevance of the academic library to the student experience. Using MacEwan University Library's mobile app, and strategy for an integrated web environment as a starting point, this session will explore approaches for developing positive online user experiences.
This group gives LITA a discussion space devoted to developments in the library catalog, its nature and scope, and its interfaces.
Help your library stand out within the crowded landscape of information providers with Marshall Breeding’s new, highly practical guide to interactive next-generation library catalogs. Learn how to give your users access to a wide selection of print and electronic content with this jargon-free, step-by-step guide.
This concise guide will help you choose and implement the techniques and best practices used by today's forward-thinking libraries to create the best possible patron experiences. You’ll learn website clean-up strategies, how to incorporate social media into your site, how to create and offer interactive and collaborative subject guides, promote your librarians with public profiles, and use crowd sourcing to create a collection with user input.
This practical guide simplifies the legal principles concerning applications like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Slideshare to ensure that readers use these tools safely and responsibly.
Information on Social Networking News, Resources, ALA Wiki on Online Social Networking, Safety Resources for Young People, and Cyberbullying.
Experienced technology trainers Kovacs and Adler will explain what open source means, how it works, and will demonstrate its many applications for libraries and librarians.
Technology helps libraries do what they do best: connect people with resources and ideas – including books, virtual reference, e-books, and training. Freedom of information is fundamental to the American way of life, and free and full access sets us apart from many countries. Our nation’s system of 16,604 public libraries ensures all people may find the information they need and want—in print or online.
perspectives on public libraries and the Internet in terms of past and future themes
In this issue of Library Technology Reports Virginia Tech librarians Miller, Meir, and Moorfield-Lang offer a collection of first-hand accounts of academic library projects using tablets.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports King draws from his team’s four-year experience running the acclaimed digital branch of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL). From website tweaks to staffing issues, King outlines recommended strategies and workflow plans for continually meeting library users’ needs and effectively highlighting library programs and services.
This complete how-to offers proven tips and techniques for creating engaging screencasts and publishing them on the Web.
If you’re interested in learning more about screencasts and hearing tips on how to create them, this is the perfect on-demand webinar for you! Screencasts are excellent tools for demonstrating software, teaching computer skills, and visually sharing step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.
Gives a straightforward description of what a mentor is, who should be a mentor/mentee, and the stages of mentorship.
Listservs, discussion boards, conference presentations, and journal articles have already put forth some imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting, and this edited volume collects the best of these cutting-edge ideas from a range of contributors.
Cuyahoga County Library now helps patrons utilize their new e-readers and learn about the devices before making a purchase through technology petting zoos and workshops.
This tool kit provides assistance to librarians on educating teens and the community of the dangers and advantages to using social media in an educational environment.
As students embrace Web 2.0 technologies like , YouTube, and RSS feeds, libraries also need to take charge. Based on actual work-practice studies of students and faculty -- original research conducted at the University of Rochester -- this guide maps vibrant futures for academic libraries.
With a user-centered, practical emphasis geared to the non-technical librarian, The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web approaches the creation of a mobile-optimized library Web site as a process rather than simply as a product.
Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles for this issue of Library Technology Reports that provide strategies, best practices, and case studies for meeting the unprecedented legal, technological, and vendor challenges that come with e-book purchasing.
The role of the public library is transforming to include an essential function as technology provider and trainer. This issue of Library Technology Reports focuses on the evolution and current state of public-access technologies in public libraries from the perspectives of infrastructure, services, and resources.
A report by OITP which takes a look at how the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users. This report includes examples of libraries utilizing mobile catalogs, apps, and technologies.
This one-hour webcast will familiarize participants with 2.0 tools and demonstrate how they can be used to facilitate communication and streamline workflows in technical services.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.
Wikis for Libraries gives you the practical tools and easy-to-follow guidance you need to establish an effective wiki in your own library. Author Lauren Pressley walks you through each step, from the first stages of planning to post-evaluation measures.
In this informative volume, veteran author Kane interviews dozens of practicing librarians who are highly involved with technology as part of their day-to-day jobs.
To assist librarians and administrators challenged with budget cuts while facing the growing costs of technology services author Jean Morrison, Missouri State Library’s E-rate coordinator for public libraries, provides a step-by-step guide to writing a three-year technology plan for E-rate compliance.
MacKellar shares easy-to-understand graphics and examples that make writing proposals for technology projects simple and easy.