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.

17 April 2009 - 8:24am | by Sarah Washburn

TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative promotes tips and resources from the library and nonprofit community to help your organization reduce your impact on the environment. The GreenTech folks do amazing work--check out the GreenTech page to see all of the resources they provide. From small steps to big ones, free tools, and resources that require a minimal investment, you'll find what you need to be kinder to the Earth without breaking the bank.

13 April 2009 - 10:00am | by Chris Peters

Lesson 2: Buying Computers for a Library is More Complicated than it Looks

When I need a computer, I pray to the budget gods, log onto a PC manufacturer’s website (e.g. Dell or HP) and configure a machine. It’s pretty easy and the computer arrives a week or two later.

So I didn’t anticipate going into this project how many things the average systems librarian has to think about when buying computers.  The list below is only partial! But I think I’m hitting the major steps in the process.

9 April 2009 - 2:19pm | by Sarah Washburn

Printers bring both blessings and curses to public libraries. There's much to consider, to maintain, and to trouble-shoot when things don't work as planned. The other day, a question popped up on the sys-l listserv about the HP 4100N laser printer, and although we don't usually cover specific questions about specific hardware or peripherals, this was one issue we could solve.

7 April 2009 - 10:35am | by Chris Peters

I gave a short presentation recently on the 5½ Big Lessons that I learned while assembling, writing and editing the MaintainIT Cookbooks. Needless to say, I borrowed these insights from the hundreds of knowledgeable, hard-working librarians we interviewed over the past three years. Each lesson deserves some eleboration, so I’m going to write about each as a separate post over the next few weeks.

3 April 2009 - 10:46am | by Sarah Washburn

While grants have explicit start and end dates, the work we do at TechSoup to support libraries does not. TechSoup's MaintainIT Project was funded by a 3-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that ended earlier this week on March 31st.

1 April 2009 - 5:31pm | by Sarah Washburn

At some point, everyone needs to consider computer specifications for your library's public computers. The debate on what to buy, where to buy, and what to consider continues to evolve, and just recently it was the topic of the day on the Syslib-L listserv.

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