For immediate release | July 11, 2013

Creating subject guides for the 21st-century library

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of its exciting workshop, Creating Subject Guides for the 21st Century Library with Buffy Hamilton. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 4 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

The subject guide has been a valuable tool for school and academic librarians for decades, first as a print resource and more recently as Web pages and Web-based documents. In this ALA TechSource Workshop, Buffy Hamilton of The Unquiet Library will show how to revitalize the subject guide as a dynamic, customizable, social resource by integrating it into the Web.

Topics include:

  • How to use free resources such as widgets, RSS feeds, mashups, cloud computing, videos and social bookmarking to create streams of quality information;
  • Understanding the concept of social scholarship;
  • How to use non-traditional social media sources of information such as blogs, Twitter streams, podcasts and YouTube in your subject guides;
  • Free and subscription-based tools you can use to host these information portals/research guides.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

Buffy Hamilton is the learning strategist for the Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, she was a high school librarian and teacher at The Unquiet Library in Canton, Ga. Buffy has more than 20 years of experience in public education as a high school English teacher, technology integration specialist and librarian. Her interests include social media, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, digital composition, personal learning environments, critical pedagogy and social scholarship. She was a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and blogs at The Unquiet Librarian and ALA Learning.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.


Dan Freeman

Online Learning Manager

ALA Publishing