Kieran Hixon

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

Broadband Basics: Webinar Follow-up

Broadband Basics: Webinar Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended today's "Broadband Basics for Public Libraries" webinar! A special thanks to guest speaker Kieran Hixon. If you missed the webinar, but are interested in learning more about broadband, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources (linked to below).

No Fear! at ARSL 2011

No Fear! at ARSL 2011

While at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference last weekend, I saw a lot of speakers who provided just as many great resources. Many of these resources were geared towards helping librarians assist their patrons with computers and technology.

I laughed, I cried: why the ARSL-ABOS 2010 conference was a hit!

I laughed, I cried: why the ARSL-ABOS 2010 conference was a hit!

Librarians, bookmobiles, and a whole lot of inspiration captivated and captured my attention a couple weeks ago. The setting was the mile high city of Denver, where over 400 rural and small librarians and bookmobilists convened to share ideas and spark new ones.

A blazing fast OLD computer? Tell me more!

A blazing fast OLD computer? Tell me more!

I was intrigued and excited when I saw the subject, "Get a Blazing-Fast Computer for Free" in a recent thread from the ARSL listserv.

When I realized the subject line referred to an article about Ubuntu, I was happy to see that this open source operating system was gaining more speed. But as I read on, I learned that things have changed, and from the writer's perspective, folks should take note.

Notes from the back room of a small rural library: this I believe

Notes from the back room of a small rural library: this I believe

I was driving to work one day, down the miles of dirt road, listening to an audio book version of the This I Believe. This I Believe is a radio program of the personal philosophies of folks the what they believe to be true. (Hmm.., you say, I thought this was a tech blog. I'll get there..never fear, but I warn you this will be a looooong train.)

Webinar today: Tales from the Tech Sandbox

Webinar today: Tales from the Tech Sandbox

There's still time to register!

When: 4/6/2010 11:00am - 12:00pm PST

Registration link: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=wbwxfztnxq5n

The human cheat code: librarians

The human cheat code: librarians

Notes from the back room of a small rural library

Notes from the back room of a small rural library

I am the back room of a small rural library in Colorado. OK I am actually a person, but working in a small (did I mention understaffed) library means my job is all things associated with the back room: cataloging, accounting, book processing, acquisitions, technology, toilet plunging... Yup. Jack of all trades. To make the most of our limited situation, we try a lot of things. Some succeed, some never take off, some fail miserably, some revolutionize how we do business.

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