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Kansas City Library’s New Software Lending Library


Inspired by the coming of ultra-fast gigabit broadband Internet to their city this year, the Kansas City Public Library has devised something new for public access computing – lending software over the Internet.

Welcome to the Teen Center: Ages 12-18 Only


I was recently in Columbia, SC to deliver a workshop. If you're like me, you know that travel always means a stop at the local library. A highlight of my visit to Columbia's Richland Library was a peek at the new Teen Center.

The Edge Initiative from a Small and Rural Library Perspective


Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from Edge Initiative pilot libraries located in small/rural communities!

How do you learn to troubleshoot technology?


Many people working in libraries spend a significant amount of time troubleshooting technology (printers, computers, wireless routers, etc.). If you're new to this role and are perhaps an "accidental techie", without a background or training in fixing technology, how do you gain the skills you need? And how can you feel prepared to address problems and issues you may not be able to anticipate?

Creative Fundraising Ideas for Libraries


In a recent thread on the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) listserv, librarians and staff shared fundraising ideas and stories. The original poster on the ARSL was looking for ideas that could both increase patron traffic and visibility of a very small library. ARSL members rallied and swapped ideas and examples of successful library-related fundraising ideas. This couldn't be better timing as we've been covering fundraising tactics over on's blog.

Talking about Tablets: West Vancouver Memorial Library


Thank you to Sarah Felkar, Digital Access Librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library in West Vancouver, British Columbia, who responded to our call for information about ways in which libraries are currently using tablets!

Talking about Tablets: Lawrence Public Library (KS)


Thinking about making tablets available in your library? Wondering how other libraries are handling the logistics? In this series, we will be featuring stories shared with us by libraries around the continent. In this first article, Kim Fletcher, Karen Allen, and Aaron Brumley discuss the implementation of tablets at the Lawrence Public Library (KS).

Will Facebook’s Bridge the Global Digital Divide?


Facebook’s new initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: Miami, OK


In a conversation with Marcia Johnson, Library Director of the Miami (OK) Public Library, we learn about the library, the town, and their experiences with the Edge Initiative.

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: El Paso, TX


In a candid conversation with Dionne Mack, Library Director at the El Paso Public Library (EPPL), we learn that the city of El Paso serves a community where one in three people lack internet access at home, there are specific challenges with broadband connectivity and education, and residents turn to the public library for their technology needs.

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