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Keeping Current: ALA LITA Top Technology Trends (TTT)


One of my favorite ways to keep informed about technologies for libraries is to follow the ALA LITA Top Technology Trends (TTT) group.

Here’s what I learned from their archived video presentations at ALA 2014 Annual conference.


  • One click server install used by Minecraft enthusiasts: Minecraft Realms costs $13 a year for a private group of 20 to share a server and collaborate to build Minecraft models
  • Digital Humanities (DHbox) invites you to jump in and use the tools available there to share and compute digital humanities datawithout having to stand up a server first.

  • Digital Public Library of America applying for a grant that would allow any libraries to stand up a one click server and contribute/share content with DPLA.


*BioHacker spaces and the DIYbiology movement see science literacy as requiring one to DO science and thereby democratize expensive biology courses and equipment   for individual use.  ommunity labs (such as GenSpace teach people to isolate their own DNA from a tissue sample and analyze it. Other uses include Japan’s promotion of BioHackathon’s since 2008 so families can do things like test milk or baby formula at home. Do-it-Yourself biolabs in the U.S. O’Reilly publishes a line of books on biology at home (use a blender or a salad spinner as a centrifuge).


*Google Scholar offers “MyUpdate” functionality for registered authors that gives outstanding suggestions for research similar to yours. Also from Google, try out GoogleNow which integrates your personal information with their alert services (reminds you it’s time to leave for the airport based on the calendar appointment and the traffic, tells you about a great Thai restaurant nearby if you like Thai, etc.).  Semantic technology that really help  you as an individual!

ALA Annual “Top Tech Trends” videos

Twitter – @toptechtrends


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Buzz e-learning – RUSA & ASCLA online courses incl Business & Geo-Spatial

Buzz e-learning

Featuring upcoming online courses from



Online Courses

**Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience New!

October 20 – November 23, 2014, (Five live course chat meetings Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00pm CST)

This five week course will explore portrayals of the incarceration experience in juvenile and young adult literature. Read more.

Register now!**CEUs are available for this course! 


Portal, Platform, Public Option: An introduction and overview of the Digital Public Library of America, (DPLA) New!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. CST

This presentation explores how we view the DPLA: as a portal, a technical platform, and an advocate for the public good. Read more. Register now!

ASCLA represents librarians serving special populations; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies; and library networks, cooperatives and consortia. Check out the division’s upcoming activities and important, ongoing work in the library community at

Online Courses

Access free and archived webinars here.

Business Reference 101  New!

September 22 – October 17, 2014

Feel more confident when faced with a business reference question and demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s!

Read more.  Register now!

Reference Interview New!

September 22 – October 31, 2014

This course focuses on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Economic Data on the Web New!

October 6 – November 2, 2014

Students will be given background information on economic concepts and terms essential to understanding economic reference questions. Read moreRegister now!

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping New!

October 6 – 26, 2014

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Read more. Register now!

Readers’ Advisory 101 New!

October 13 – November 30, 2014 (Chats on Thursdays, Time 3 p.m. CST)

Be more comfortable using readers’ advisory services. RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Read more. Register now!

Genealogy 101 New!

October 27 – November 30, 2014

An introduction to American genealogy reference service, the class will give students confidence and skills in assisting family history researchers.

Read more. Registration now!

**Reaching Every Patron New! 

October 6 – November 2, 2014

This course will include introductions and discussions about assessing which population your library wants to create inclusive and accessible programming. Read moreRegistration now! **CEUs are available for this course! 

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference New!

Fall (TBD), 2014 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)

This four-week class, will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms, then this course is for you!

Read more. Registration not open yet.

Free and archived webinars are available here!

RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Check out the division’s upcoming activities and important, ongoing work in the library community at


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Air Force Library Funding & Future USAF Plans

Recent action by ALA via the Federal/Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT):

From ALA Documents:

Resolution to Support Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD43): passed

Resolved that the American Library Association, of behalf of its members:

  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs; and
  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that align them directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.

And then there was this recent article …..  the question remains, how to get from here to there without vital information.

Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility’


Via Sharon Lenius.

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