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A Cookbook for Small and Rural Libraries

Getting Started Download the pdf (412 KB)

This chapter describes what you'll find in the Cookbook, how to use it, and who was behind it.

Meal Plan 1: Focusing on Your Ingredients for Success Download the pdf (352 KB)

Learn how to develop a technology plan that keeps your computers humming and your patrons happy.

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Meal Plan 2: Meat and Potato Public Computers Download the pdf (962 KB)

Learn practical maintenance techniques, such as how to lock down your computer and keep them virus free!

Meal Plan 3: Volunteers for the Kitchen Download the pdf (417 KB)

Learn how volunteers can improve the services you provide!

Meal Plan 4: Getting the Technology Training You Need Download the pdf (313 KB)

Training is more than a class. Learn how to develop a plan to keep your staff on top--and ahead--of your technology.

Meal Plan 5: Future Menus for Library Technology Services Download the pdf (398 KB)

Take time to consider the future and your library's place in it.

Appendix A: Library Spotlight--Tips & Techniques Download the pdf (130 KB)

Read real stories from libraries on creative ways to keep computers available to the public.

Recipes for a 5-Star Library

Getting Started Download the pdf (412 KB)

This chapter describes what you'll find in the Cookbook, how to use it, and who was behind it.

Meal Plan 1: Setting Up a Wireless Network Download the pdf (141 KB)

Find out what questions you should ask when setting up a wireless network, and the options you should consider.

Meal Plan 2: How to Avoid Wireless Networking Problems Download the pdf (451 KB)

Learn how to fix problems you may encounter with your wireless network.

Meal Plan 3: How Much Help Should You Provide Laptop Patrons? Download the pdf (451 KB)

Learn what to consider once you have wireless up and running, and how other libraries have tackled these issues.

Meal Plan 4: Wireless Acceptable Use Policies Download the pdf (364 KB)

So you have a wireless network? Now it's time to make sure your policy covers all the bases.

Meal Plan 5: PC Reservation/Time Management Software Download the pdf (530 KB)

Learn how libraries handle computer sign ups--with or without technology to help them.

Meal Plan 6: Print Management Download the pdf (426 KB)

Learn how libraries make sure patrons print what they need, and keep reams of print waste to a minimum.

Meal Plan 7: Laptop Checkout Programs Download the pdf (394 KB)

Low on space? Want to offer teens a computer to use on a beanbag chair? Read on!

Appendix A: Library Wireless Policies Download the pdf (168 KB)

Appendix B: Laptop Checkout Procedure from Alachua County Library District (ACLD) Download the pdf (127 KB)

Appendix C: ACLD Laptop Security Specifications Download the pdf (103 KB)

Appendix D: ACLD Laptop Checkout Form Download the pdf (101 KB)

Appendix E: Checklist for a Wireless Acceptable Use Policy Download the pdf (132 KB)

Appendix F: Wireless Print Instructions from Mendocino County Library Download the pdf (118 KB)

Appendix G: E-rate Rules for Eligible Products and Services Download the pdf (131 KB)

Appendix H: Wireless Glossary Download the pdf (177 KB)

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