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.
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).
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.
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.)
I just read a thoughtful article on gaming in libraries from Government Technology Magazine's February edition. It's no surprise to most that gaming has entered libraries in a big way, but still, I continue to hear murmurings of how gaming isn't a proper use of a library, or of a librarian's skills.
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.