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Kieran Hixon

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


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


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!


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!


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.

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


There's still time to register!

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

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Upcoming Webinar: Tales from the Tech Sandbox


Tuesday, April 6, 11:00 a.m. Pacific time
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According to Kieran Hixon, it’s all about the sandbox at his rural library. Don’t expect to get sandy or dusty. Instead, learn how testing new ideas and innovations in a controlled environment — the sandbox — helps the John C. Fremont Public Library District

The human cheat code: librarians


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.

Notes from the back room of a small rural library

Tags: 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.
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