Keep updated

Blog

Avoid Social Stagnation! Get Your Whole Staff Involved in Social Media

Tags:

Are you having fun and being creative on social media, or do you feel like you're just tweeting and posting the same things over and over? Maybe your library's social media presence is stagnating. Here's how to break out of that rut.

The Edge Initiative from a Small or Rural Library Perspective

Tags:

Thank you to today's webinar guests, Mary Haney and Lee Ann Barnes, for sharing their experiences and insights about the Edge Initiative from a small and rural library perspective. Missed it? The session was recorded.

HATCHing fun and learning in young minds

Tags:

During a visit to La Veta Public Library in southern Colorado last year, I noticed a colorful keyboard and big monitor sitting in the children’s area.  When Director Sandra Hackbarth told me about her great experiences with the HATCH iStartSmart touchscreen early childhood learning system, I was ready to go back to my library and buy one.

Kansas City Library’s New Software Lending Library

Tags:

Inspired by the coming of ultra-fast gigabit broadband Internet to their city this year, the Kansas City Public Library has devised something new for public access computing – lending software over the Internet.

Welcome to the Teen Center: Ages 12-18 Only

Tags:

I was recently in Columbia, SC to deliver a workshop. If you're like me, you know that travel always means a stop at the local library. A highlight of my visit to Columbia's Richland Library was a peek at the new Teen Center.

The Edge Initiative from a Small and Rural Library Perspective

Tags:

Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from Edge Initiative pilot libraries located in small/rural communities!

How do you learn to troubleshoot technology?

Tags:

Many people working in libraries spend a significant amount of time troubleshooting technology (printers, computers, wireless routers, etc.). If you're new to this role and are perhaps an "accidental techie", without a background or training in fixing technology, how do you gain the skills you need? And how can you feel prepared to address problems and issues you may not be able to anticipate?

Creative Fundraising Ideas for Libraries

Tags:

In a recent thread on the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) listserv, librarians and staff shared fundraising ideas and stories. The original poster on the ARSL was looking for ideas that could both increase patron traffic and visibility of a very small library. ARSL members rallied and swapped ideas and examples of successful library-related fundraising ideas. This couldn't be better timing as we've been covering fundraising tactics over on TechSoup.org's blog.

Talking about Tablets: West Vancouver Memorial Library

Tags:

Thank you to Sarah Felkar, Digital Access Librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library in West Vancouver, British Columbia, who responded to our call for information about ways in which libraries are currently using tablets!

Talking about Tablets: Lawrence Public Library (KS)

Tags:

Thinking about making tablets available in your library? Wondering how other libraries are handling the logistics? In this series, we will be featuring stories shared with us by libraries around the continent. In this first article, Kim Fletcher, Karen Allen, and Aaron Brumley discuss the implementation of tablets at the Lawrence Public Library (KS).

Syndicate content

Recent comments

Have a story to tell?

Tell us about your daily routine maintaining public computers, or a moment when you were particularly proud. Don't forget that what might be "that's nothing" to you may be an "aha!" to someone else!