15 February 2010 - 2:06pm | by Chris Peters

Last week our good friend, astute colleague and soon-to-be-mom Brenda Hough forwarded two articles that made me think about the role that libraries play in their communities during tough economic time.

13 February 2010 - 7:45am | by Chris Peters
Thursday of last week I was disappointed when I realized that I had missed  the Tuesday/Wednesday Technology Essentials online conference organized by WebJunction (fortunately, recordings are available), so my good friend and colleague Brenda Hough gave me her invitation to the ALA TechSource’s TechTrends: MidWinter 2010 webinar featuring short presentations by Jason Griffey, Sean Fitzpatrick, Greg Landgraf and Kate Sheehan.
11 February 2010 - 11:15am | by Kieran Hixon
I am the back room of a small rural library in Colorado. OK I am actually a person, but working in a small (did I mention understaffed) library means my job is all things associated with the back room: cataloging, accounting, book processing, acquisitions, technology, toilet plunging... Yup. Jack of all trades. To make the most of our limited situation, we try a lot of things. Some succeed, some never take off, some fail miserably, some revolutionize how we do business.
9 February 2010 - 10:45am | by Stephanie Gerding

WebJunction's Online Conference, Technology Essentials 2010, has begun today! I'm presenting Winning Grants tomorrow, and really looking forward to it. I just checked the tweets and sounds like it is going great.

6 February 2010 - 2:45pm | by Chris Peters

Teaching, learning and research have always been social activities involving heavy reliance on trust, reputation and brand awareness., and these social aspects of information seeking behavior grow more prevalent every year. This natural tendency to seek reliable, community-validated information sources has traditionally drawn people to libraries for two reasons.

3 February 2010 - 2:17pm | by Chris Peters

News about an update to Google Reader can’t compete with the buzz surrounding the launch of the iPad, but any feature that helps us mitigate information overload is good news in my opinion, especially if you happen to be a reference librarians or an information junkie. 

27 January 2010 - 9:45am | by Sarah Washburn

Sometimes the biggest barrier to learning new technology is us. Me. You. And that part, once realized, can be pretty liberating.

That's why I'm always emboldened when I remember all of the impressive librarians we've spotlighted who overcame their fears, or took a giant leap of faith to learn something new that helped their community.

21 January 2010 - 8:32am | by Sarah Washburn

I don't consider myself a techie, yet i'm curious about how technology helps folks--including me--accomplish tasks and goals. I like trying out new tools, so when Tena Hanson suggested I use Meebo to interact with attendees at the exhibit hall for the Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference, I jumped at the chance to learn something new.

19 January 2010 - 12:40pm | by Sarah Washburn

Conferences are expensive to run and to attend, and those costs keep many of us at home, wishing we had the funds to travel away from our desks. But with new technologies cropping up daily, low-cost alternatives are surfacing that make learning from the experts a little easier on the pocketbook.

14 January 2010 - 10:22am | by Becky Wiegand

Just like any good tech geek, I've been reading reviews and jealously drooling all the photos and videos of upcoming products shown at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The annual Las Vegas tradeshow reveals the hottest new technologies, coolest gadgets, and flashiest concepts for all the geeky gear I hold dear. Most of the products either haven't hit the market yet or are at pricepoints out of reach for most average folks — and especially out of reach for many nonprofits, libraries, and public service organizations.

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