TechSource Webinar Available Online

February 17, 2010

Cosponsored by American Libraries, SirsiDynix Insititute, and ALA's Library and Information Technology Association, the TechTrends: Midwinter 2010 webinar produced by ALA Tech Source attracted about 850 participants.  "We had some great presentations and some lively discussion," says Tech Source editor Dan Freeman. The webinar tackled topics related to the new wares being touted in the exhibit hall during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Boston in January:

  • Vendor presence at the webinar–who was there and, just as importantly, who wasn't there.
  • Exciting new eBook platforms/software and their potential for libraries
  • Augmented reality
  • Mobile PACs and library mobile services in general
  • Discovery systems
  • Libraries adopting open source software
  • FourSquare and its potential for libraries

"Discussion wove in and out of these and other topics, and we wrapped up with a vibrant Q&A. Discussion on twitter (#TTWebinar) was also lively," Freeman notes. 

American Libraries editors Sean Fitzpatrick and Greg Landgraf were on the panel along with Tech Source bloggers Kate Sheehan and Jason Griffey, who is also AL's new Pepetual Beta blogger. Griffey is head of library information technology at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga;  Sheehan is open source implementation coordinator for Bibliomation.

An archive of the webinar is available on the Tech Source website.


Julie and…

Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia, talks to AL Focus at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting about Julia Child, Meryl Streep, the merits of writing at the New York Public Library, and her new book Cleaving. More ALA videos available at