ALA TechSource Blog

By Jason Griffey | Today was the start of the Google I/O conference, the developer conference that Google holds every year where they make major announcements, primarily about their Android operating system. During the keynote today, they offered several updates and new products that could potentially be interesting for libraries. Here's the ones that I think are the most interesting:

Read more | 05/10/2011 - 15:56

By Patrick Hogan | Are you registered for the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future? I'm here to nag you about doing your homework. As with all ALA TechSource Workshops, we've asked our presenters to select a set of readings for participants. The common foundation will support a focused discussion. If you're not able to attend the Workshop, but want to learn a bit about RDA, read along with us. Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann suggested the following readings:

Read more | 05/10/2011 - 12:01

By Tom Peters | In the damp, dark, twisting catacombs of this long digital revolution that eventually will lead to the bright future of eReading, marginalia may be the lowly canary.  Marginalia, that wonderfully eccentric habit of writing in the margins of printed books, has become an object of scrutiny and some concern.  Coleridge, Melville, Twain, David Foster Wallace, and a host of others made marginalia into a form of literary expression.  If prin

Read more | 05/02/2011 - 09:25

By Marshall Breeding | Innovative Interfaces has joined the fray of library automation vendors launching new-generation library automation platforms.  With Innovative’s new system, dubbed Sierra, they aim to offer the depth of functionality equivalent to their current Millennium ILS. This system leverages current technology architectures that include open source components, with full-featured API bundles that enable greater extensibility and flexibility in the way that libraries make use of the system.

Read more | 04/26/2011 - 18:58

By Karen Coyle | The following post is cross-posted at Karen Coyle's blog Coyle's InFormation. As Karen mentions below, next month, she will be presenting an updated version of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future along with Chris Oliver and Diane Hillman. You can register for this workshop at the ALA Store.

Read more | 04/26/2011 - 08:26

By Daniel A. Freeman | Earlier today, we wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. Here’s some of what we discussed today. Feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments-- Jason will be part of the discussion as well!

Read more | 04/20/2011 - 15:26

By Michelle Boule | I love unconferences. I think that there is something beautiful about people getting together and challenging each other to make something better. For librarians, unconferences are a way to level the playing field among participants and allow everyone with a passion for libraries to raise their voices and ideas. Unconferences are largely unscripted and unpredictable. What is not to love?

Read more | 04/20/2011 - 09:27

By Marshall Breeding | This article appears in the April 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. To read more from Marshall Breeding on mobile library technology and other facets of the library automation industry, you can purchase this issue or subscribe to Smart Libraries Newsletter at our metapress site.

Read more | 04/19/2011 - 08:45