Are you driving hours to complete scheduled computer maintenance and wish you could be beamed there instead, like in Star Trek? The solution of remote access is no transporter, but will help you get the job done without leaving your desk.
Searching for a way to get the attention of your younger patrons? Think that gaming has no place in a library? Think again. Several libraries in Minnesota are providing teens with entertaining, and sometimes educational, games to keep them coming back.
Librarians wear many hats, but who thought one of them would be printer repair?
Are you offering classes to your patrons and looking for a tool to create an online calendar? Are having a hard time tracking those who have signed and managing waitlists?
What's educational, fun, and found in most libraries? Computer games!
Faye Hover from Smith-Welch Memorial Library in Hearne, Texas is using computer games to educate her younger patrons, and they don't even know it. "When the kids were here, they didn't have anything to do, and I thought, 'well, if I get a game computer and put some interesting games and trick them into thinking they're having fun, when they're really learning something, well this will be a good thing.'"
The computer and the internet are wonderful tools, but what do you do if you have limited vision?
If you’re able to read this using a DSL or cable internet connection, consider yourself lucky. Many Americans still don’t have access to high speed lines and are still relying on dial up. For communities tired of waiting for the local cable or phone companies to provide service there’s another alternative. This information is particularly useful for rural libraries who may be required to provide high speed access.
In the Appalachian area of Ohio, Bob Dixon and Alan Escovitz from Ohio State University are pioneers. They refer to their project as “rural datafication”, a play off of the effort to bring electricity to remote areas during the New Deal referred to as “rural electrification”. They are bringing broadband Internet connectivity to rural communities such as Chesterhill using satellite technology. Funding from the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) enabled them to purchase the hardware, Dixon and Escovitz volunteered their time to train a local technician and they worked together to install it. The satellite dish, only three feet wide, is located behind the library connected to an antenna on the roof. It sends a signal to another antenna on top of the water tower. This broadcasts a wireless signal for several miles providing access to those with a special antenna. This has enabled businesses to flourish and the community to stay connected and participate in distance education programs.