Tech 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 Grad Library.

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Accessible Technologies

Zoom Text

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

Ai Squared – Zoom Text Tutorials Playlist

JAWS and MAGic

Freedom Scientific – Archived JAWS and MAGic Webinars

Alt Metrics

University of Michigan Library – Research Impact Metrics 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”

The Digital Shift – The Library Cloud, Pros and Cons

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)

Web Junction – Coding for Everyone: How Your LIbrary Can Help Anyone Learn to Code

ALA – Learning to Code: Tips from Librarians Who Have Done It

Instructional Sites and Courses

Code Academy



Khan Academy


Data Mining and Libraries

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)

RB Digital

Toronto Public Library – Getting Started with RB Digital Magazines

RB Digital compared to 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.”

School Library Journal – Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

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

Google Analytics

Instructional Technologies

ACRL Instruction Section – Tips and Trends

Interlibrary Loan Management



Western New York Library Resources Council – ILLiad 8 Tutorial Series

OCLC Tipasa


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)


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

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

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 – Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Open Access Policies and Publishing

Directory of Open Access Journals

African Journals Online

Western Libraries Guide to Open Access

Open Source Technologies/Software for Libraries

Free/Open Source Software for Libraries (FOSS4LIB) Website

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

American Libraries Magazine – Open Source Software: Navigating the Ecosystem

Social Media for Libraries

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

ALCTS – Use of Social Media in Libraries (Webinar)

Streaming Video for Teaching Learning and Research

Google Advanced Video Search

LibGuides Community


Library of Congress Films and Videos Collection

National Film Board of Canada

TED Talks