Tell us about your library at ALA!

Will you be attending ALA in D.C.? If so, please take a moment away from the hustle and bustle of sessions, meetings, and workshops, and tell us about your library. We'd love to hear how you and your staff make things happen.

If you'll be in town, please submit your contact information and be sure to say, "I'll be at ALA!" in your message.

You'll share your experiences, and we'll provide the refreshments. Hope to see you!

Combining print and time management into one solution

 

The Natrona County Public Library in Casper, WY, has found a reliable and comprehensive solution for time and print management: the time-honored tradition of the library card.

No onsite tech support? Remote access may be the solution for you!

If your library does not have tech support at your location, you might be able to arrange remote support from a county, regional or state library agency. TechSoup.org discusses the potential benefits, and outlines features of the available software.

Giving patrons access to games without compromising security

Over at librarian.net there's an interesting discussion about how to make online games available without compromising computer security. The overall recommendation is to allow access to online games that are truly online but not to allow any downloading. Library staff describe their experience with games and software such as DeepFreeze, Centurion, and the Shared Computer Toolkit.

Librarian/IT Staff Communication

John Blyberg (www.blyberg.net ) among others, has blogged about this terrific series of short films on the subject, in the style of the Mac/PC television ad, produced by the Allen County Public Library

 

Seeing is Believing

The computer and the internet are wonderful tools, but what do you do if you have limited vision?

Going Where no Cable has Gone Before

If you’re able to read this using a DSL or cable internet connection, consider yourself lucky. Many Americans still don’t have access to high speed lines and are still relying on dial up. For communities tired of waiting for the local cable or phone companies to provide service there’s another alternative. This information is particularly useful for rural libraries who may be required to provide high speed access.

In the Appalachian area of Ohio, Bob Dixon and Alan Escovitz from Ohio State University are pioneers. They refer to their project as “rural datafication”, a play off of the effort to bring electricity to remote areas during the New Deal referred to as “rural electrification”. They are bringing broadband Internet connectivity to rural communities such as Chesterhill using satellite technology. Funding from the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) enabled them to purchase the hardware, Dixon and Escovitz volunteered their time to train a local technician and they worked together to install it. The satellite dish, only three feet wide, is located behind the library connected to an antenna on the roof. It sends a signal to another antenna on top of the water tower. This broadcasts a wireless signal for several miles providing access to those with a special antenna. This has enabled businesses to flourish and the community to stay connected and participate in distance education programs.

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