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Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA

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On Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a session at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago: "The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator". Thank you to the presenters, Tameca Beckett, Youth Services Librarian at the Laurel Public Library (DE), and Andrea Berstler, Director at the Wicomico Public Library (MD), for the ideas and inspiration.

A list of innovative programs, influenced by a tweet

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Today I read Lee Rainie’s tweet (Director of Pew Internet Project) requesting examples of innovative library services and decided to send him a few highlights from this past year. To me, some of the more innovative library programs do not fall under bleeding edge tech or super cool gadgetry categories, but under smart uses of resources to meet community needs. This past year, many of the innovative programs I heard about were focused on extending the boundaries of the library through partnerships and through reimagining services the library  offers.

What is Cloud Computing and How will it Affect Libraries?

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As with many questions about the future of technology, I’m afraid that the only completely honest answer to the questions in the title of this post is probably “I don’t know and neither does anyone else”. So pardon me while I make a provisional attempt to answer this unanswerable question.

Thinking about Columbus

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It's Columbus Day. I probably would have forgotten about the holiday, but while trying to complete my errand list for the day (mail package at post office, return books to library...), I was reminded. To be honest, the Columbus on my mind right now is the Columbus Metropolitan Library, because Helene Blowers works there.

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