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30 May 2014 - 11:50am | by Ginny Mies

As summer approaches, readers' advisory (RA) programs are ramping up. At PLA 2014, one of the liveliest panel discussions I attended was on reader advisory and social media. 

While you probably already have your services and programming planned out, the librarians had some fantastic ideas on how to move the reading conversation online. 

21 May 2014 - 3:22pm | by Ginny Mies

On May 15, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to release a proposal to reinstate net neutrality rules. The proposal, written by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, would allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge websites for faster services. What does this mean?  Companies can pay money to be in a virtual "fast lane" for sending content, leaving less lucrative websites in the dust. 

7 May 2014 - 4:09pm | by Ginny Mies

The public library means so much to so many different people: a place to check out the latest fantasy novel, a quiet workspace, or a center for picking up new tech skills. The library can also be a place to find a new job – though your patrons might not know that yet.  

18 April 2014 - 3:20pm | by Ginny Mies

In honor of National Library Week, we asked TechSoup staff to share why they love their local library. Some shared fond library memories, while others talked about how the library impacts them and their families today.

8 April 2014 - 12:18pm | by Ginny Mies

To filter or not to filter: that's a big decision public libraries face. Ever since the Supreme Court upheld the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), libraries have felt pressure to filter Internet on public access computers.

1 April 2014 - 10:42am | by Ginny Mies

It's incredible that the Public Library Association (PLA) conference was only three days because I learned so much. Between working the TechSoup for Libraries booth (great to meet you!) and attending sessions, I came home from Indianapolis with a fresh perspective on public libraries and technology. 

4 March 2014 - 11:45am | by Ginny Mies

I spend a lot of time playing with the latest and greatest mobile apps, but I'm always most impressed with reference and research apps. The fact that one little app can give you access to so much information is pretty mind-blowing. You can recommend these apps to patrons along with other trusted web tools on your website or at the reference desk. On a tight budget? No problem: these apps are completely free.

27 February 2014 - 3:40pm | by Ginny Mies

Libraries have the power to impact young people in so many ways. But for Matthew Shields, a nine-year-old in Kansas, a library transformed his way of life. Shields was born with only a thumb on his right hand. Thanks to a family friend and his local library, he now has a 3D-printed prosthetic hand with fingers that curl, grasp, and help him perform everyday tasks.   

11 February 2014 - 3:08pm | by Ginny Mies

As a former tech reporter and current MLIS graduate, the intersection of libraries and journalism fascinates me. Really, the two go together perfectly: journalists seek factual information while libraries provide the resources to find it.

4 February 2014 - 12:20pm | by Ginny Mies

Developing, curating, and assisting patrons with print and electronic collections are ingrained in the daily work of a librarian. As more patrons turn to web resources for research, what is a librarian's role? One tactic is to build a collection of free or low cost web research tools that meet your community's informational, educational, and recreational needs.

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