When the Independence (KS) Public Library shared the National Library Week radio spot library staff had created, it made me wonder how technology is involved in what other libraries are doing for National Library Week (coming April 14-20, 2013). Here’s what a quick tour of the web revealed…
Last fall we wrote about the Independence (KS) Public Library and the Scratch programming classes they were offering for kids ages 8-12. Last Tuesday, the library once again provided its community with an opportunity to learn to be digital creators. They hosted a 4 hour video game design workshop. Game industry pros from E-Line Media! traveled to the small town to provide a workshop for 30 middle and high school students. The event was made possible because of the National STEM Video Game Challenge and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Are you a library leader? Have you been looking for a place to connect and share with other library leaders? Library Lost and Found may be just the virtual place for which you have been searching.
Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Laura Speer and the Fayetteville Public Library. Laura and the library are spotlighted for their success with Library Edge Benchmark 10, which includes technology management policies, with hardware and software upgrades, network security policies, and patron privacy policies.
Last year’s Pew Internet report on Libraries, patrons, and e-books looked at how libraries are responding to the growing popularity of e-books. The study found that, “Librarians often are anxious about the new set of demands on them to learn about the operations of new gadgets” and had positive experiences with hands-on training. In this article, we’ll overview a successful hands-on e-reader training initiative in Texas.
Where will you be on Tuesday, March 26th? If you're interested in learning more about providing technology, storytime, and other services that make the library welcoming for children on the autism spectrum, then you may want to be online! Two free online webinars are being offered.
Thanks to Meredith Nelson, Business Reference Librarian at the Johnson County (KS) Library, I have now seen a 3D printer up close and personal! Meredith provided me with a sneak preview of the library’s brand new makerspace, which will soon be open to the public.
Last week’s Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference was organized and hosted by Michael Sauers, Laura Johnson, and Christa Burns of the Nebraska Library Commission and was co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. It was jam packed with good sessions, delivered by people who work in small libraries. One of my favorites was a lightning round (10 minute) session called “Kitchen Creations at the Library”, presented by Lee Schauer, who is the director at the Rock Springs Public Library (WI).
There are many exciting ways in which technology is empowering some people who have disabilities. At its best, technology can help people communicate more effectively and function more independently. It can improve quality of life. Many libraries are finding ways to facilitate adoption of technology for library patrons who have disabilities. Other libraries are working to find ways to add to the assistive technology at the library.