Sometimes the biggest barrier to learning new technology is us. Me. You. And that part, once realized, can be pretty liberating.
That's why I'm always emboldened when I remember all of the impressive librarians we've spotlighted who overcame their fears, or took a giant leap of faith to learn something new that helped their community.
I don't consider myself a techie, yet i'm curious about how technology helps folks--including me--accomplish tasks and goals. I like trying out new tools, so when Tena Hanson suggested I use Meebo to interact with attendees at the exhibit hall for the Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference, I jumped at the chance to learn something new.
Conferences are expensive to run and to attend, and those costs keep many of us at home, wishing we had the funds to travel away from our desks. But with new technologies cropping up daily, low-cost alternatives are surfacing that make learning from the experts a little easier on the pocketbook.
Just like any good tech geek, I've been reading reviews and jealously drooling all the photos and videos of upcoming products shown at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The annual Las Vegas tradeshow reveals the hottest new technologies, coolest gadgets, and flashiest concepts for all the geeky gear I hold dear. Most of the products either haven't hit the market yet or are at pricepoints out of reach for most average folks — and especially out of reach for many nonprofits, libraries, and public service organizations.
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You might not have noticed, but I've been away for 6 months. Six months! That's a long time, but I've spent my time wisely. As you can imagine, there's a lot to catch up on around here at TechSoup. But rather than focus on the past, I'd like to share something that happened yesterday that started with a gentle tap on my shoulder...
This post was originally published to the TechSoup Blog and was authored by Kami Griffiths.
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This post was written by Laurie Sanchez, TechSoup's Director of Customer Experience. It originally appeared on the TechSoup Blog and is being updated daily there throughout our holiday break.
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