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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.

Lisa Prolman at Greenfield Public Library, MA

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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.”

When communicating with techies takes you to jail

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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.

DEAL at TechSoup: fund raising software!

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Budgets are tight and finding foundations, people, and other organizations interested in funding public libraries takes time. And money. While no panacea, here's one resource that just might help:

Let's talk about it: PC Reservation/Time Management Software Discussion

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How do you handle computer reservations and time limits at your library?
A. We don't. First come, first serve. No time limits.
B. We use paper sign-in sheets.
C. We use PC Reservation software.

A bookmobile is to web 2.0 as...

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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?

More stories about gaming

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A couple stories have captured my attention recently since Chris' last post on gaming...

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!

High Impact, Low Cost: Video Game Events in Libraries

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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.

Video in the Library

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I just attended David Lee King's SirsiDynix Institute webinar, "Video on the Web: A Primer." Like most librarians, I'm a word lover. Reading them. Writing them. Being surrounded by them. For this reason, blogging has been a natural fit for me and I've been doing it for years. As a reader of blogs and websites, however, I have become more and more aware of the story-telling power of the visual.

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