Jim Haprian, Technology Services Manager from the Medina County District Library in Ohio had some words of wisdom in his interview with Chris Peters about purchasing servers as well as public access computers. Jim’s attitude towards purchasing new computers is,
I'm a big fan of bookmobiles. I'm also a big fan of paper--books, magazines, newspapers. One way to put a smile on my face is to send me a letter, and when a letter has a newspaper clipping hidden inside, even better.
Last week I interviewed
Lisa Prolman, assistant director at the Greenfield Public Library in western Massachusetts.Lisa provided an amazing amount of information on a huge range of
subjects.A tech-savvy librarian who is
mostly self-taught, Lisa shared, “I have the unfortunate combination of being
curious and fearless.My general feeling
is click first, see what happens later.”
The mayor of San Francisco went to jail recently to retrieve passwords from a techie gone bad. Turns out the techie with the goods was friendly and accomodating, but this is one situation we'd all rather avoid.
Ok, so you've heard the noise about web 2.0, and you've likely heard all the hype, the jargon, and the hullabalo about this fancy new technology with the name that tends to emcompass all that's hot, trendsetting, and must-do-now about the web. But have you heard it described using words librarians know and love?
First off, the Verizon Foundation announced recently that they made a grant to ALA for a research effort to determine the link between gaming, library attendance, and literacy in libraries. Included in this grant is a "gaming model for the nation's 9,000 public libraries" developed by "experts"--I'm curious to learn what this will look like!
Thanks again to Kieran Hixon and Jesse Weaver of the John C. Fremont Public Library. They gave a great presentation this morning on their home-grown, open source PC Reservation program (recordings and information about upcoming webinars can be found on the WebJunction site) . Instead of recapping the webinar, I'd like to share a quote from our recent interview with Kieran. She tells a great story here about the impact that teen gaming events have had on her small-town library. She started these tournaments with equipment she already had in the library and donations from the community. So it didn't put a big strain on the budget.