In honor of National Library Week, we asked TechSoup staff to share why they love their local library. Some shared fond library memories, while others talked about how the library impacts them and their families today.
After the Zion-Benton Illinois Library had some of their expensive laptops stolen and broken, they didn't give up on loaning out laptops to patrons. Instead, they decided to try using sturdier, but less expensive refurbished laptops. Here's how they did it.
To filter or not to filter: that's a big decision public libraries face. Ever since the Supreme Court upheld the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), libraries have felt pressure to filter Internet on public access computers.
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!