For immediate release | August 9, 2011

Bring your subject guides into the 21st century with new workshop from ALA Editions

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, "Creating Subject Guides for 21st-Century Libraries" with Buffy Hamilton, to take place at 4 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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, founder 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. The workshop takes place at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The session will last 90 minutes.

Buffy Hamilton is librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Ga., where she introduced Media 21, a participatory, transliterate learning environment for research projects. She received a Cutting-Edge Service Award from the ALA's Office for Information and Technology Policy. A 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Buffy was also named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 EdTech Leaders of the Future. She 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