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"W00T! Nothing exploded!"

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Nothing like a big sigh of relief and an accompanying yelp of unfettered joy about a job well done--a deployment with zero explosions--as expressed by Evette Atkin, Systems Librarian for the Michigan Evergreen project at the Michigan Library Consortuim (MLC). Kudos to the Branch District Library for being MLC's first member library to migrate to Evergreen.

This Wednesday, "I say tomayto, you say tomahto..."

Faithful followers of content on the MaintainIT site may have noticed a shiny new chapter now available on the Cookbooks page. It's a sneak peek at the forthcoming Cookbook - a chapter on Communicating with Techies and Non-Techies. And it's here just in time to complement the 30-minute webinar we're hosting over at WebJunction on Wednesday.

Webinars for Trainers: One that was and one that will be

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Thank you to everyone who attended this month's train-the-trainer webinar! We discussed ideas for using MaintainIT resources in training. I highlighted resources that are available, talked about examples of trainings that are taking place, and asked the participants for ideas, too.

Techies behind the circ desk: a good thing!

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I've never forgotten something Eric Brooks--a tech department of one from Placer County Library System (CA)--said to me when we sat down to chat at his library last year.

Learn how to use Cookbooks in trainings... tomorrow!

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Each month, Brenda Hough assembles trainers and those interested in learning more about the MaintainIT Project in a FREE webinar. She shares tips, techniques, and resources around incorporating the Cookbooks into trainings. Each month, the webinars evolve, as more people share their ideas and their experiences.

A Day of Technology Learning and Play

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On Friday, August 1st, I attended and presented at the Northeast Kansas Library System's annual Tech Day. Michael Porter, AKA Libraryman, kicked the day off with an inspiring and engaging presentation about "gadgets". It was exciting to hear about technologies that will be impacting us not only in the future, but also right now.

What we talked about: Book Club Re-cap

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Every month, MaintainIT hosts an online book club discussion. We select a chapter from one of the Cookboks, invite people to read it, and then meet to discuss. Earlier this week a group gathered to discuss Meal Plan 5 from Recipes for a 5-Star Library, which is all about PC Reservation/Time Management Software.

The Biggest, Baddest Machines...

Tags: 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,

Green bookmobile

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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.

Big sky country libraries in the news

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Something is brewing in Montana, and it's showing up on the newswires. I just came across two terrific stories worth sharing about Montana libraries and public computers.

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