23 September 2014 - 3:25pm | by Ginny Mies

TechSoup's Storymakers campaign empowers libraries to tell stories, increase visibility, and make an impact on their communities through digital storytelling.

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12 September 2014 - 3:07pm | by Ginny Mies

All of the sessions I attended at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference earlier this month surprised me with how creatively librarians are using technology. One session in particular, "Tablet Slingin' Librarians," shared a number of creative uses for tablets.

27 August 2014 - 4:22pm | by Ginny Mies

Last week, I got an email from the ALA urging me to contact my U.S. Senators about protecting privacy (I'm sure many of you received the same message!). The email laid out two pieces of legislation the Senate might consider in September before recessing again for the November elections. I wanted to delve into these bills a little further to see how they impact public libraries and patrons.

18 August 2014 - 9:53am | by Ginny Mies

In honor of TechSoup's StoryMakers challenge kicking off in a few weeks, I wanted to help you get inspired by other libraries. Instagram is a great tool for exploring how other libraries tell their story. Yup, I'm telling you to go lurk some other libraries! Here are a few of my new follows:

1. Piscataway Public Library

Piscataway Library

5 August 2014 - 10:38am | by Ginny Mies

Got a bunch of mobile devices sitting around at your library, but not sure what to do with them? We've got some ideas for you! In last week's webinar, Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile, we invited librarians Ann Awakuni and Jezmynne Dene to share their ideas and experiences.

18 July 2014 - 4:42pm | by Ginny Mies

Is your library prepared to support mobile device-using patrons? The kickoff webinar in our mobile devices in libraries series explored how libraries can welcome mobile device users, starting with creating mobile-friendly library spaces and making sure your staff is well-trained. 


10 July 2014 - 3:39pm | by Ginny Mies

When a new and exciting technology comes around, such as a 3D printer, it can be easy to forget about rules and policies. And yet, no matter how cool that 3D printer might make your library look, it's still a piece of public use technology. And public use technology requires clear rules and policies.

24 June 2014 - 4:27pm | by Ginny Mies

The biggest library conference in the world kicks off this week and TechSoup for Libraries (me) will be there! While I'm a bit reluctant to trade my breezy 65 degree weather here in San Francisco for the scorching estimated 105 degree weather in Las Vegas, I'm excited to attend my first ALA Annual Conference. Here's what I'm looking forward to the most:

16 June 2014 - 10:50am | by Ginny Mies

One of my first experiences with the Sharing Economy was in elementary school. I needed a drill and some bits for a dollhouse I was putting together. When I asked my dad for a drill, he proudly announced that it was time I experienced the Berkeley Tool Lending Library. I flashed them my library card and I was out the door, ready to conquer this dollhouse with my new (to me) shared drill.

30 May 2014 - 2:55pm | by Ginny Mies

This week, my Facebook feed was filled with photos of LeVar Burton. The actor is as famous for helping engage early readers as he is for portraying Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Kunta Kinte in ROOTS.