Technology resources for librarians

Below you will find links to a wide range of resources relating to technology in library and information settings. The inclusion of information on a product or service does not constitute an endorsement by the FIMS Graduate Library.



Accessible Technologies

Zoom Text

Ai Squared – “Zoom Text Nuts and Bolts” (Webinar)

Ai Squared – Zoom Text Tutorials Playlist


Freedom Scientific – Archived JAWS and MAGic Webinars

University of Buffalo Center for Assistive Technologies – JAWS Tutorial


Freedom Scientific – Archived JAWS and MAGic Webinars


Alt Metrics

University of Michigan Library – Alt Metrics Research Guide

Northwestern University – Alt Metrics Lib Guide


Big Data

ACRL – “Keeping Up With…Big Data”

Library Journal – “Promise and Problems of Big Data”

Forbes – “A Very Short History of Big Data”


Cloud Computing and Libraries

OCLC Report – “Winds of Change: Libraries and Cloud Computing”


Coding for Libraries

ACRL Tech Connect – “Effectively Learning How to Code: Tips and Resources”

Library Technology Reports, “Coding for Librarians: Learning by Example,” (vol. 51 no. 3)

Instructional Sites and Courses

Code Academy



Khan Academy



Data Mining and Libraries

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries – “Text & Data Mining”

Center for Research Libraries Webinar – “Text and Data Mining in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Strategies and Tools”


Digital Media Labs

American Libraries Magazine – “Digital Media Labs”

Library Technology Reports, Digital Media Labs in Libraries (vol. 50, no. 6)


Ebook and Digital Media Platforms

Library Technology Reports, “E-book Platforms for Libraries” (vol. 49 no. 3)

Canadian Urban Libraries Council – “eBooks in 2014: Access & Licensing in Canadian Public Libraries”


Overview and Help


Hamilton Public Library – Hoopla Tutorials Video Playlist

Richmond Public Library – Hoopla Tutorial Page

Axis 360

Axis 360 Support Video Tutorials Page


TumbleBook FAQ

TumbleBook Library Tour (Video)

Denver Public Library – TumbleBook Tutorial (Video)


Toronto Public Library – Getting Started with Zinio

RB Digital – Zinio for Libraries Overview (Video)


Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS)


Library Technology Reports, Electronic Resource Management Systems: A Workflow Approach (vol. 50 no. 3)





ACRL – “Keeping Up With… Gamification”

ACRL Tech Connect – “Taking a trek with SCVNGR: Developing asynchronous, mobile orientations and instruction for campus.”

ACRL News – “If you build it …? One campus’s firsthand account of gamification in the academic library.”

Walsh, Andrew (2011), “Gamifying the University Library.” In: Online Information Conference 2011, 29th November – 1st December 2011, London.


Google Analytics

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics

Google: Get Started With Analytics


Instructional Technologies

ACRL Instruction Section – Tips and Trends


Interlibrary Loan Management



Western New York Library Resources Council – ILLiad 8 Tutorial Series


infotrieve – Ariel Page

Ariel v4.1 User Manual 

Worldshare ILL


OCLC Video Tutorial Playlist


Library Linked Data

OCLC – Linked Data For Libraries (Video)

American Libraries Magazine – “A Linked Data Landscape”

Library Technology Reports,Library Linked Data: Early Activity and Development (vol. 52, no. 1)

W3C – “Best Practices for Publishing Linked Data”

Serials Review, “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Library Linked Data: Lessons from NCSU’s Organization Name Linked Data Project” (vol. 40 no. 4) *Can be accessed only while logged in on campus*

D-Lib Magazine – “Why OpenURL?”


Library Resource Discovery Products

NISO White Paper: “The Future of Library Resource Discovery”

Library Technology Reports,Library Resource Discovery Products: Context, Library Perspectives, and Vendor Positions (vol. 50, no. 1)


About Summon

UBC Library Tutorials – Advanced Searching in Summon

ProQuest Training – Summon Searching: Beyond the Basics (Video)

Primo (ExLibris)


Idaho State University Libraries – Using Primo Search (Video)

University of Waterloo Libraries – Primo Central: An Introduction (Video)

WorldCat (OCLC)

“What is WorldCat?”

OCLC Training: WorldCat Video Tutorial Playlist

EBSCO Discovery Service


EBSCO Support: EBSCO Discovery Service Video Tutorial Playlist


Library Services Platforms

Higher Education Library Technology: “Rethinking the Library Services Platform” (Briefing Paper)

Library Technology Reports, “Library Services Platforms: A Maturing Genre of Products” (vol. 51, no. 4)

Alma (ExLibris)


ExLibris Knowledge Center – Alma Essentials

Intota (Proquest)

Proquest Webinar: “What is Intota?” (Video)

Worldshare Management Services (OCLC)


WMS: New ways libraries are efficiently managing workflows – Andrew Pace, OCLC (Video)

Sierra (Innovative Interfaces)


Mercer University Law Library – Sierra Intro (Video)


Metadata Markup


Text Encoding Initiative – “A Gentle Introduction to XML”

W3Schools: XML Tutorial

Dublin Core (DC)

Dublin Core wiki: User Guide

Dublin Core wiki: Creating Metadata

Resource Description Framework (RDF)

W3C: RDF Overview

W3Schools: RDF Tutorial (part of the larger XML Tutorial)

Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

Library of Congress: EAD

University of Texas iSchool Tutorial – “Introduction to EAD”


Mobile Apps for Library Services

Library Success Best Practices Wiki – M-Libraries

ACRL – “Mobile technologies for libraries: A list of mobile applications and resources for development”


Open Access Publishing

ALA – Libraries and the Internet Toolkit: Open Access

ACRL Presents – “Developing and Implementing Open Access Policies” (archived webcast)

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) – Why librarians should be concerned with Open Access


Open Source Technologies/Software for Libraries

The Creative Librarian – Open Source Software for Libraries

Free/Open Source Software for Libraries (FOSS4LIB) Website

Library Technology Reports, Open source Software for Libraries (vol. 43 no. 3)


Social Media for Libraries

ALA State of America’s Libraries Report 2014 – Social Networking

Taylor and Francis White Paper – “Use of Social Media by the Library: Current Practices and Future Opportunities”


Streaming Video for Teaching Learning and Research

Google Advanced Video Search


LibGuides Community


Library of Congress Films and Videos Collection

MIT OpenCourseware Advanced Search

TED Talks