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Social Media Curation

by Joyce Kasman Valenza ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

This issue of Library Technology Reports draws from 17 in-depth interviews to show how libraries are using social media to collect, organize, share, and interpret-in short, how to tell a digital story.


Digital Media Labs in Libraries

by Amanda L. Goodman ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Families share stories with each other and veterans reconnect with their comrades, while teens edit music videos and then upload them to the web: all this and more can happen in the digital media lab (DML)


Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects: A Lita Guide

by Caitlin A. Bagley ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Bagley examines nine makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, describing their design and technical decisions in depth and showing how each is doing something unique and different, under a wide...


Marketing with Social Media: A Lita Guide

by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Eschewing mere theory in favor of real-world examples, editor Thomsett-Scott and her contributors offer to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media.


The Comparative Guide to Wordpress in Libraries: A Lita Guide

by Amanda L. Goodman ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

In this LITA guide, User Experience (UX) librarian and seasoned WordPress instructor Goodman leads you step-by-step through the basic planning process for a library website that meets your users' needs and fits...


Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries: A Lita Guide

by Rene J. Erlandson & Rachel A. Erb ALA TechSource (January 01, 2013)

Written for librarians, library staff, and administrators at libraries serving populations of 15,000 or less, this LITA guide shows how to successfully develop, implement, sustain, and grow technology initiatives....


Data Management for Libraries: A Lita Guide

by Carly A. Strasser & Laura Krier ALA TechSource (November 01, 2013)

This guide offers a start-to-finish primer on understanding, building, and maintaining a data management service, showing another way the academic library can be invaluable to researchers.


Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries: (The Tech Set(r) #15)

by Sarah K. Steiner ALA TechSource (January 01, 2012)

This practical guide provides a scalable, step-by-step plan for creating and maintaining a successful library social media strategic plan.


Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-Books: A LITA Guide

by Theresa S. Arndt ALA TechSource (March 03, 2015)

Focusing on the unique requirements and processes of e-book acquisition, this guide will help ensure that your library's e-book collection is both vibrant and cost-effective.


Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website

by David Lee King ALA TechSource (January 01, 2012)

The lessons learned by King and his team at TSCPL can help any library sharpen their presence on the Web while efficiently maintaining library website operations.


Rfid in Libraries: A Step Toward Interoperability

by Lori Bowen Ayre ALA TechSource (January 01, 2012)

The approval by The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) of a new standard for RFID in libraries is a big step toward interoperability among libraries and vendors. By following this set of practices...


Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web

by Karen Coyle ALA TechSource (January 01, 2012)

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Karen Coyle updates readers on the development of fundamental resources such as standards, data elements, and term lists, showing how they fit together.


Cloud-Based Services for Your Library: A Lita Guide

by Erik T. Mitchell ALA TechSource (January 01, 2013)

By exploring specific examples of cloud computing and virtualization, this book allows libraries considering cloud computing to start their exploration of these systems with a more informed perspective.


Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A Lita Guide

by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott ALA TechSource (January 01, 2013)

Social web technologies present an often confusing array of options for answering user reference questions. Applying 20 years' experience as a reference librarian working through the development of virtual reference...


Maximizing Google Analytics: Six High-Impact Practices

by Tabatha Farney & Nina McHale ALA TechSource (May 15, 2013)

Investing time in customizing your settings in Google Analytics helps you get the most out of the detailed data it offers, particularly if your library's web presence spans multiple platforms.


Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning: A LITA Guide

by Mary Mallery ALA TechSource (April 08, 2015)

Featuring contributions from librarians who offer hard-won advice gained from personal experience, this compendium leads readers through a step-by-step process of creating a library technology disaster response...


Jump-Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide

by Jane D. Monson ALA TechSource (August 22, 2012)

Familiarity with digital practices is increasingly important for all information professionals, and this book offers a solid foundation in the discipline.


3-D Printers for Libraries

by Jason Griffey ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

As the maker movement continues to grow and 3-D printers become more affordable, an expanding group of hobbyists is keen to explore this new technology. In the time-honored tradition of introducing new technologies,...


Electronic Resource Management Systems

by Elsa K. Anderson ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

To get to the bottom of a successful approach to Electronic Resource Management (ERM), Anderson interviewed staff at 11 institutions about their ERM implementations. Among her conclusions, presented in this...


The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

by Kenneth J. Varnum ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done,...


Using Massive Digital Libraries

by Andrew Weiss ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Weiss, recognizing the concept of the...


Streaming Video Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Research

by Julie A. DeCesare ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

According to a 2012 Ithaka study, 80 percent of faculty in the humanities and 70 percent in social sciences use video, film, and non-textual resources for teaching undergraduates. Streaming video is not simply...


Library Linked Data

by Erik T. Mitchell ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Computers increasingly collect, manage, and analyze data for scholarly research. Linked data gives libraries the ability to support this e-research, making it a powerful tool. Libraries are at a tipping point...


Technological Innovation

by Jason Vaughan ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Everyone agrees that innovation is a worthy aim, but what does innovation actually entail? And what does it mean for a library organization? For this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jason Vaughan reviewed...


Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets

by Rebecca K. Miller, Carolyn Meier & Heather Moorfield-Lang ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Tablet computer ownership on university campuses has tripled in the past year, according to a Pearson Foundation survey in March 2012. At the threshold of the Post-PC era, as students’ expectations change,...


Making Libraries Accessible

by Char Booth ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

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...


Resource Sharing in Libraries

by Marshall Breeding ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

Supplementing your local collection through resource sharing is a smart way to ensure your library has the resources to satisfy the needs of your users. Marshall Breeding’s new Library Technology Report explores...


E-book Platforms for Libraries

by Mirela Roncevic ALA TechSource (January 01, 2014)

E-book vendors continue to experiment: adjustments to business models, consolidation of content, and mergers with competitors mean constant change. What’s good for innovation can equal confusion when it comes...