I gave a short presentation recently on the 5½ Big Lessons that I learned while assembling, writing and editing the MaintainIT Cookbooks. Needless to say, I borrowed these insights from the hundreds of knowledgeable, hard-working librarians we interviewed over the past three years. Each lesson deserves some eleboration, so I’m going to write about each as a separate post over the next few weeks.
While grants have explicit start and end dates, the work we do at TechSoup to support libraries does not. TechSoup's MaintainIT Project was funded by a 3-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that ended earlier this week on March 31st.
At some point, everyone needs to consider computer specifications for your library's public computers. The debate on what to buy, where to buy, and what to consider continues to evolve, and just recently it was the topic of the day on the Syslib-L listserv.
Donna Feddern (a former colleague who now works in the San Diego area) passed along a link to this story about LibraryThing’s effort to organize “flash-mob cataloging events” at small libraries. 18 volunteer catalogers recently descended on the Audobon Society Library of Rhode Island and cataloged 2500 items in a single day.
We all understand the concept of offering more for less--for many of us it is a daily reality. Whle I often hear stories from public libraries in the US, yesterday I had an opporutnity to hear ideas on this topic from library representatives and support organizations that span the globe.
Kudos to the organizers for featuring an "Innovation in Smaller Libraries" track at this year's Computers in Libraries Conference in DC. It's great to see national level conferences including options like this.
Even though my professional librarian life has focused on technology, I really am first and foremost a lover of books. And even though my professional librarian life has focused on adults (beyond the few nerve-wracking times I filled in at storytime), I am most passionate about the importance of library services for children. Summer Reading Programs, Storytimes, early literacy enhancers of all kinds… I am moved by hearing about them like I am by nothing else.
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