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Come see us at ALA!

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As usual, ALA will be a busy few days for everyone, including the MaintainIT Project. If you'll be in Anaheim, please stop by and visit us at the TechSoup booth #793, and while you're at it, squeeze in a couple MaintainIT presentations and a WebJunction discussion we're helping facilitate. All are sure to be fun and informative. Check them out!

Taking care of business: Jaketha Farmer

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Sometimes we meet someone we need to interview more than once. And sometimes we feel like we could write a book packed with ideas from just one person.

Book Club One = Done!

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Thank you to everyone who attended today's first MaintainIT book club. We discussed "Meal Plan 1: Setting Up a Wireless Network" from Recipes for a 5-Star Library. 18 people from around the country participated in the discussion. Topics ranged from basic wireless set-up to filtering to splash pages. 

After the webinar: Wireless reflections

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Just attended the 30-minute webinar, "Notes on setting up wireless at your library," featuring Sharon Moreland and Liz Rea from the Northeast Kansas Library System (my old stomping grounds!). I feel the same way I did after the other 30-minute webinars: "Wow! I cannot believe we covered that much in that short amount of time!" I like the quick, practical approach and think it suits the busy life of a librarian well.

tips on time

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We're all busy, and there's all sorts of things to keep us even busier, so when I find any tips on saving time, using time, and enjoying time (vs. being overwhelmed by lack of time), I take note. Bobbi Newman, the Digital Services Librarian at the Missouri River Regional Library, keeps a blog worth watching, and recently she posted about how she finds the time to keep up with web 2.0 technology. I particularly liked her first tip...

Share, learn, and do

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So you have a Cookbook. You've used it. You have opinions about how it worked for you.

Or...

Maybe you haven't used a Cookbook yet. Maybe there's something you want to do, and you'd like to hear how others have done it.

If this describes you, or maybe you're just curious about what in the world I'm talking about, listen in...

they saw hope pass by... the power of photographs

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Sometimes all of this talk of new technology -- especially web 2.0 technology -- can dilute the intent, the purpose of using it in the first place.

Advertise your wi-fi!

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Terrific idea from the ever-informative WIRED-MT listserv about how to advertise wi-fi services at your library:

Training on training: WebJunction webinar coming up!

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Next week at WebJunction, Lori Reed, the Training Specialist from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County will be sharing her vast expertise of training in libraries. In this webinar, Lori will explore "why you need to get your staff out of the classroom and instead focus on creating a culture of learning in your library." Nicely said!

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