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So, follow the accounts preceded by the @, and search for discussions with the hashtags (#). This is just a starter set to get you going. Try out new hashtags to see who might be talking about a topic of interest.
@ALA_TechSource - ALA's technology publications source
@bohyunkim - Bohyun Kim
@buffyjhamilton - Buffy Hamilton
@copystar - Mita Williams
@creativecommons - Creative Commons
@davidleeking - David Lee King
@griffey - Jason Griffey
@heyjudeonline - Judy O'Connell
@jessamyn - Jessamyn West
@librarianmer - Meredith Farkas
@libraryleadpipe - Lead Pipe open access journal
@lorcanD - Lorcan Dempsey
@make - Make: Magazine
@makerbridge - MakerBridge portal for library makerspaces
@mbreeding - Marshall Breeding
@Philbradley - Phil Bradley
@ranti - Ranti Junus
@ThatAndromeda - Andromeda Yelton
@varnum - Ken Varnum
#alattt - LITA Top Trends Committee
AUTOCAT. (subscription information and archives)
AUTOCAT is a discussion list for library staff members who catalog and perform other technical services-related work. It involves discussions of technologies as they connect to these tasks.
Code4Lib. (subscription information and archives)
An excellent resource for discussions and applications of programming and coding in libraries. Offers extensive job listings for technology positions in libraries.
Create. (subscription information and archives)
The Creation and Makerspaces in Libraries list serves as a place to discuss making-related activities and technologies in libraries.
Liblicense-l. (subscription information)
This discussion group focuses on the licensing of digital content for libraries. It ranges into discussions of open access journals and other key topics related to publishing and access.
LIBRARYMAKERSPACE-L. (subscription information)
A list for library staff members interested in developing and running makerspaces in libraries. Typically has a lot of discussion of 3D printers and 3D printing, but also covers policies for makerspaces and other topics.
LITA-L. (subscription information and archives).
The mailing list for the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) division of ALA. The list presents a good blend of workshop/conference/job announcements along with interesting technology articles and discussion of questions from list members.
LM_NET. (subscription information and archives).
While this list focuses on school librarians and school library issues, many of the discussions have a strong technology focus (particularly electronic resources and educational technology). Be warned: this is a highly active group.
NGC4LIB. (subscription information and archives)
This discussion group offers an ongoing conversation on the development of new library catalogs.
SLA-DITE. (subscription information).
The mailing list of the Information Technology division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). It is a general purpose list to seek technology recommendations or to discuss new technology trends and developments.
Web4Lib. (subscription information and archives).
This is a very active discussion list that focuses on Web-related technologies in libraries but also discusses other issues including public computer setup, library website design, scanning, and search engine developments, to name but a few regular topics.
This magazine, published by the American Library Association, includes the excellent Dispatches from the Field column on technology topics along with regular technology-related feature articles.
Cites and Insights.
This monthly online publication includes in-depth coverage of technology trends written by author and technology guru Walt Crawford. His observations and analyses of recent publications are a must-read.
Computers in Libraries.
Features articles on applications of computer technologies in libraries and reviews of technology products.
A publication for SLA members that includes the technology column Info Tech as well as occasional technology-related articles.
Information Technology and Libraries.
This journal focuses on the applications of information technology in libraries.
This publication features articles on emerging technologies in libraries.
This periodical offers feature articles on technology topics, it includes a number of technology-related columns (e.g., "InfoDocket" and "The Digital Shift") and regular reports on digital collections and sources.
Library Technology Reports.
Extensive reviews, studies, and testing of various examples of library technology items, from embedded librarianship to Web scale discovery services.
Apple computing devices and software is the main focus of this periodical.
A periodical that covers making activities of all kinds and reviews technologies available for makers and makerspaces.
This periodical includes articles, reviews, and product information on databases and other electronic library resources. It also includes coverage of broader library technology issues, such as e-books.
This periodical focuses on computing devices, software, and peripherals.
School Library Journal.
A publication for school librarians that includes technology-oriented articles and product reviews.
Wired covers a broad swath of technology topics.
In addition to the titles mentioned, there are three excellent resources for finding technology information published in other library-related periodicals. Two are periodical indexes: Library Literature and Information Science Full Text (EBSCOhost) and Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts, or LISTA (EBSCOhost). The other is The Informed Librarian Online, a unique resource for scanning the monthly output of some 312 library and information-related periodicals. The free version of the service provides a monthly e-mail update to new issues with links to selected items. A premium subscription service provides full access to the tables of contents for the periodicals and adds access to a selection of full-text articles, a searchable archive of past issues, and a search interface to all linked periodical issues.
American Library Association: Affiliate & Chapter Planning Calendar.
This calendar, part of the American Library Association website, lists conferences and meetings sponsored by ALA and its chapters and affiliate organizations, all linked to more information on chapter and affiliate websites.
Information Today: Events Calendar.
Information Today offers a calendar of major conferences and events in the library and information-seeking world with an international focus.
Library Conference Planner.
Although there is no comprehensive national or international directory of library continuing education or professional development events, this website by Douglas Hasty can be very helpful. It lists a large number of national and international conferences to consider, along with the dates for their next meetings.
List of Library Associations. Wikipedia.
A lengthy list of international library associations organized by continent.
List of Library Associations Specific to American States. Wikipedia.
Library associations are organized in alphabetical order by state with links to their websites.
Special Libraries Association: Calendar.
This calendar displays professional development opportunities offered by the SLA and its chapters.
Find a Library: National Center for Education Statistics Kids Zone.
Identify public libraries and branches by choosing a state and then a city or town.
PublicLibraries.com: State Libraries.
This webpage offers an alphabetical list of links to state library websites. Most state libraries maintain directories of libraries in their state that can be searched by location or zip code.
WorldCat: Find a Library Near You.
This webpage presents a search tool for locating libraries that are members of OCLC or that have registered (at no charge) with WorldCat.
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