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January 24, 2012
How Libraries Can Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget
It may not be as big an issue in the private sector which knows how to justify the costs associated with using 21st century tech but it can be a fairly big deal in the academic and government sectors. In Daniel A. Freeman's How to Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget on ALA TechSource Blog, he writes
For libraries, it's one of the biggest conundrums of our time. To be the library your patrons want and need you to be, you've got to be high-tech, offering fast, IT-integrated services people can't get on their own. Yet to do this, you have to spend money...money you do not have in your budget.
In a new ALA TechSource Workshop, trainers and technology experts Robin Hastings and Maurice Coleman will show you how you can utilize the latest technology tools and train yourself to stay on top of new trends without breaking the bank, and in some cases, without even touching it.
Maurice and Robin will discuss best practices for using technology to keep your library connected and up to date. With their expert guidance, you will be able to evaluate and implement low-cost and free tools for your systems and your patrons. You'll learn about sources of information and training that are available to you and your staff.
Granted this presentation does not focus on law libraries per se but ALA consistently offers the kind of professional intelligence on timely and emerging issues AALL does not. I'm thinking AALL's preoccupation with annual meetings could be substantially reduced by stealing a chapter fron ALA regarding professional and educational e-delivered opportunities.
Here's the details for the ALA TechSource Workshop from the Association's eCommerce site:
How to Go High Tech on a Tight Budget (ALA TechSource Workshop)
Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings
Item Number: 1541-8880
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern: Session 1
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern: Session 2
Publisher: ALA TechSource