All of the sessions I attended at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference earlier this month surprised me with how creatively librarians are using technology. One session in particular, "Tablet Slingin' Librarians," shared a number of creative uses for tablets.
Last week, I got an email from the ALA urging me to contact my U.S. Senators about protecting privacy (I'm sure many of you received the same message!). The email laid out two pieces of legislation the Senate might consider in September before recessing again for the November elections. I wanted to delve into these bills a little further to see how they impact public libraries and patrons.
In honor of TechSoup's StoryMakers challenge kicking off in a few weeks, I wanted to help you get inspired by other libraries. Instagram is a great tool for exploring how other libraries tell their story. Yup, I'm telling you to go lurk some other libraries! Here are a few of my new follows:
Got a bunch of mobile devices sitting around at your library, but not sure what to do with them? We've got some ideas for you! In last week's webinar, Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile, we invited librarians Ann Awakuni and Jezmynne Dene to share their ideas and experiences.
Last week, the UK-based nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundationannounced the latest version of their popular Raspberry Pi computer. Dubbed "Model B+," it's the third model the organization has released to the public since Model A went on sale in 2012.
Is your library prepared to support mobile device-using patrons? The kickoff webinar in our mobile devices in libraries series explored how libraries can welcome mobile device users, starting with creating mobile-friendly library spaces and making sure your staff is well-trained.
Over on TechSoup, we're looking for great stories about how our members are using technology to help youth develop lifelong skills. The winning story will get all kinds of TechSoup love AND a free tablet!
When a new and exciting technology comes around, such as a 3D printer, it can be easy to forget about rules and policies. And yet, no matter how cool that 3D printer might make your library look, it's still a piece of public use technology. And public use technology requires clear rules and policies.