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Laptop Labs: Creating, Maintaining, and Using Them

Earlier this fall, Ruth Solie, Director of the Northern Lights Library Network in Minnesota, told me that she wanted to create a laptop lab for training and she asked if MaintainIT had resources that would help.

Life with Koha


The NExpress shared catalog has been on Koha for a little over three months now and we just added the Ottawa Library to the family over Thanksgiving. A perk of working with LibLime is that they have staff in both the US and Canada. The Canadian migration team worked away while we ate turkey and stuffing!

It ain't easy being green... or is it?


Every time I blog a library conference session, I am reminded of Kermit the frog starting his reports, "Kermit the frog here." So... Brenda Hough here, reporting from the White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where I am attending the West Virginia Library Association Conference.

Total cost of ownership: it all comes down to free kittens


Does the term "total cost of ownership" cause fear or perhaps flight? How about cute n' cuddly free kitties? If you're running toward one and running away from the other, read on. They're not as different as you may think.

Free and open source software in libraries


Thanks to Jean Montgomery, from the Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation in Michigan, for leading today's MaintainIT webinar, "Free and Open Source Software in Libraries". Thanks also to the many participants. It was great to hear about all of interesting free and open source software products being used in libraries.

Do you have a mobile lab?


To prepare for a webinar in December, I'm trying to gather information about the experiences libraries have had with creating, maintaining, and using mobile labs (webinar info here - ). If you have created a mobile lab, would you answer a few questions for me?

My path to PC Management heaven: CASSIE


(Sometimes technology doesn't work the way we expect. A great post from Alison Pruntel was lost in our spam filter, so I'm re-posting it now. Enjoy! -sarah)

Learn how to reduce your paper use


TechSoup's GreenTech initiative is hosting a free webinar TOMORROW on how to change your printing ways. Learn about tools you can use to make the world a bit more green. Here's to more trees and fewer stacks of paper clogging my desk! Check it out:

Left-brain or Right-brain or both?


Sarah, Brenda, and I went to the California Library Association conference in San Jose this weekend, where we saw Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman and several other amazing speakers.

While Brenda was giving an awesome presentation on MaintainIT bookclubs, I snuck out most treacherously (sorry Brenda!) and listened to Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

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