By Daniel A. Freeman | We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop WordPress Basics: What WordPress can do for Your Library with Polly-Alida Farrington and Amanda Goodman. The slides from the event, which contain some fantastic resources, are posted below. If you want to go more in-depth with WordPress, go to the ALA Store and learn more about Polly and Amanda’s six-week eCourse, Using WordPress to Build Library Websites. This course gives you the chance to go way-more in-depth and actually build a website!
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By Patrick Hogan | Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski interviewed Marshall Breeding, author of Cloud Computing for Libraries (11) and noted speaker, writer, and consultant on library technology and the library automation industry. Note that since the recording of this interview, Marshall resigned his position at Vanderbilt University in order to free up time for what he calls "outside activities" in the interview. Below the SoundCloud embed are a few highlights from the interview.
By Patrick Hogan | Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer are reference librarians at Columbia University and authors of IM and SMS Reference Services for Libraries, #19 in The TECH SET. They believe that reference through IM and text messaging is not only a service librarians can offer, it's a necessary one. In this brief interview with Ellyssa Kroski, they discuss their inspiration for the book and a few how-to projects covered in the implementation chapter.
By Andromeda Yelton | Editor's Note: This post is an excerpt from Library Technology Reports January 2012 (Vol 48, No. 1), "Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services." A full excerpt of Chapter 2, including tools and resources alluded to, is on Scribd. Andromeda will present a WebJunction webinar based on the Report on July 25, 2012. How can you choose among the many options for making your library's website mobile friendly? Researching for my Library Technology Report, I reviewed the features of various tools and read librarians' accounts of mobile technology initiatives (see the Resources section in Chapter 2). My analysis surfaced five questions that will help you clarify your priorities and guide tool selection.
By Patrick Hogan | Editors Note: The TECH SET Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski has interviewed authors about their books. We will post the interviews to the companion pages for the The TECH SET. Starting today, and on Thursdays during the next 9 weeks, we will feature an interview on the ALA TechSource blog. Yesterday, one of the participants in Sean Fitzpatrick's Drupal Basics workshop asked if we could suggest a concise guide on using Drupal to develop a library website. Yes we can!
By Daniel A. Freeman | We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Sean Fitzpatrick’s workshop Drupal Basics: What Drupal can do For Your Library. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, check out Sean’s slides, posted below! If you want to go more in-depth with Drupal, go to the ALA Store and learn more about Sean’s six-week eCourse, Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. This course gives you the chance to go way-more in-depth and actually build a website!
By Patrick Hogan | Library of Congress (LC) announced last week that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative. LC’s plan for the new bibliographic framework stated, released in October 2011, stated:
By Daniel A. Freeman | We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Jason Griffey’s workshop Gadget’s in the Library.
By Sarah Ludwig | I'm so excited to share some of my experiences as a librarian and technology educator. I work at a preschool through grade 12 independent school in Connecticut. I've had two other library jobs, but I've always focused on services to kids and teens. And now I have this awesome hybrid job where I work both as a librarian, to our middle and upper school students, and as the academic technology coordinator, a position that serves faculty and students all the way from preschool up to twelfth grade.
By Patrick Hogan | I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Ludwig to the ALA TechSource blog team. She will join bloggers Jason Griffey and Kate Sheehan and new Code Words columnist Jason Clark.