4 May 2009 - 4:54pm | by Sarah Washburn

With all of the new-fangled technology out there to talk about, to experiment, and to discuss on listservs, I'm always happy to see focused discussions on topics that get down to basics. This one caught my eye, because it was so well-articulated and researched.

Clean public computers and peripherals are always important, especially during a time when global pandemics are dominating the airwaves. Here's a great post from the sys-lib list that John Coogan, Systems Librarian from the Univ of MD so kindy researched and shared.

4 May 2009 - 7:24am | by Tena Hanson

For those of us who work in small libraries and choose to get involved in the larger library community (whether that’s within the county, state, or beyond), instant messaging has become an essential tool. I use some form of instant messaging (IM) on a daily basis, depending on who I need to talk with and why.

1 May 2009 - 10:19am | by Chris Peters

I normally blog about library technology, but I'd like to take a break from that today and do a fun post from the "great writers in the library" genre. I've heard a million of these stories, but I never get tired of them (btw, does anyone know of a site where they're collected?). This one is the story of Carl Sagan's first visit to the library from Cosmos (pg. 133):

28 April 2009 - 2:47pm | by Sarah Washburn

Jean Montgomery, the Network Administrator at the Superiorland Library Cooperative in Michigan created a nifty flash video that chronicles how her cooperative supports libraries distributed over the Upper Peninsula. Jean covers many topics, sharing how her organization uses a range of tools to keep in contact and offer services without breaking the bank or spending time behind the wheel.

27 April 2009 - 6:43am | by Sarah Washburn

TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative is hosting a month-long event on reducing travel without breaking the bank. The focus this week is on online training, and since the MaintainIT Project has spent a lot of time on this topic, I thought I'd take this opportunity to gather some choice resources, webinar archives, and articles in one place.

If you have any links to share, please add them in the comments!

24 April 2009 - 6:50pm | by Chris Peters

Lesson 3: Successful Libraries Ask for Help.

We heard over and over how vital it is to look outside the library for advice, ideas, elbow grease and partnership opportunities. Becky Heil from Dubuque County Library turned to her brother. The John C.

22 April 2009 - 1:39pm | by Sarah Washburn

Thanks to everyone who participated in today's webinar. As expected, many useful tips and techiques were part of the lively discussion.

22 April 2009 - 12:23pm | by Sarah Washburn

This comic strip was shared on the KLA listserv in Kentucky. Thought it was worth sharing!




The original comic lives here: http://comics.com/nancy/2009-04-19/


21 April 2009 - 11:25am | by Sarah Washburn

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the end of the grant that kick-started the MaintainIT Project. Since we're always in the mood for a celebration, we thought this was a perfect excuse to put on our party hats and toast all of the many contributors who made this project a success and who continue to share their experiences so that reinventing the wheel isn't a part of our collective reality.

Please come to our celebration tomorrow!

20 April 2009 - 9:13am | by Sarah Willeford

What if we held a conference and everybody came? That was the premise of our first Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference (ISLOC): a conference that librarians and trustees from even the smallest libraries could attend.

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