The issue of Internet safety is arguably one of the most important skills to address in basic digital literacy instruction. At the same time, it can be a difficult topic to teach for many reasons. We took a deeper look at this topic during our March TechSoup for Libraries webinar, and heard from one library that has successfully been offering Internet safety instruction to the public.
It's incredible that the Public Library Association (PLA) conference was only three days because I learned so much. Between working the TechSoup for Libraries booth (great to meet you!) and attending sessions, I came home from Indianapolis with a fresh perspective on public libraries and technology.
I spend a lot of time playing with the latest and greatest mobile apps, but I'm always most impressed with reference and research apps. The fact that one little app can give you access to so much information is pretty mind-blowing. You can recommend these apps to patrons along with other trusted web tools on your website or at the reference desk. On a tight budget? No problem: these apps are completely free.
If you're attending PLA in Indianapolis March 11-15, we'd love to see you at our booth in the exhibit hall. We're especially excited about the chance to meet, learn from, and get energized by other librarians.
A number of large library systems have successfully implemented makerspaces and media labs (I’m looking at you, Chicago and Chattanooga), but these kind of creative spaces aren’t just for big libraries. Small libraries – even those with tiny budgets and even tinier spaces – can do it, too!
Libraries have the power to impact young people in so many ways. But for Matthew Shields, a nine-year-old in Kansas, a library transformed his way of life. Shields was born with only a thumb on his right hand. Thanks to a family friend and his local library, he now has a 3D-printed prosthetic hand with fingers that curl, grasp, and help him perform everyday tasks.
20 February 2014 - 3:34pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight
Digital media labs and makerspaces aren’t just for large library systems!
On February 26 at 11 AM Pacific time, we'll host a free webinar spotlighting two small libraries that have integrated digital media and makerspace technology into their libraries. Join us to hear their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
As a former tech reporter and current MLIS graduate, the intersection of libraries and journalism fascinates me. Really, the two go together perfectly: journalists seek factual information while libraries provide the resources to find it.
Developing, curating, and assisting patrons with print and electronic collections are ingrained in the daily work of a librarian. As more patrons turn to web resources for research, what is a librarian's role? One tactic is to build a collection of free or low cost web research tools that meet your community's informational, educational, and recreational needs.