Libraries use volunteers or local help all the time to fill the gaps in the services they provide--program support, shelving, circ desk duties, and sometimes technology. The latter can be tricky, and as Becky Heil from Dubuque County Library in Farley, IA shared,
Who on your list could use a great deal on a laptop? How about practical information on printers, too? Over at the TechSoup blog, Willow is spreading the joy by sharing the inside scoop on where to find information that'll help make technology purchases a little less stressful.
Louise Alcorn, librarian, author, and wireless expert extraordinare, recently responded to a blog comment worth talking about.
Take a photo of your Cookbook at your library, and join the MaintainIT Cookbook Flickr group! It's easy, fun, and well... FUN! Check it out!
We hear about how libraries are using--or not using--games in their libraries all the time. Some offer games, others don't--it's a big topic to chew on!
Just the other day, Beth McNeer from Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library from South Carolina shared her worries around kids disrupting other patrons while playing games. To mitigate this concern, her library is thinking of starting a game night:
TechSoup (MaintainIT's parent organization), is gearing up to give you free stuff to keep spam at bay. Check it out!
All sorts of ideas are coming together this fine December morning...
First, I wanted to tout the inspired work of Annie Adamson, the System Administrator/Teen Young Adult Librarian/Reference Clerk -- that's a lot of hats! -- at the Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, ID. You can read more about her in the latest Library Feature.
I just read a terrific post on a blog called Library Chicken. This particular librarian was using the public computers for "2.0 learning" and learned more than she bargained for...
Wyoming is quite an innovator in out-of-the-box advocacy for its libraries, and these three representatives shared quite a bit about how to inspire "everyday advocacy.”