library spotlight

Linux-based public computers still running strong

How policies and software bolster the library's services
Location: 
Geneva, AL
Librarian: 
Marian Wynn

Open source solution

Almost 3 years ago, we published a spotlight sharing how Marian Wynn switched all four of Geneva Public Library's public computers from Windows to Ubuntu, a free Linux-based operating system. The library director knew the small, rural library's aging computers couldn't support Windows XP and didn't want to spend library money to replace them for an OS upgrade.

Stepping Up

Making broadband more than a library issue
Location: 
Live Oak, FL
Librarian: 
Sherry Millington

Rural libraries that provide technology resources for their communities serve a vital purpose, but they typically take on an entirely new set of difficulties. Even with the added struggles, many rural libraries are stepping up to the plate and offering essential technology services for their community members.

Buy Now, Save Later

A librarian protects investments with intelligent planning
Location: 
Kentucky
Librarian: 
Michelle Foster

Two years ago TechSoup spoke with Michelle Foster, IT manager of Boone County Public Library system in northern Kentucky. Foster, who's worked in Boone County's libraries since 1997 and in the IT department since 2000, kindly shared some advice on crafting a technology plan and maintaining library computers.

First Class and Class First:

An Emphasis on Learning
Location: 
Ralston, Nebraska
Librarian: 
Karen Mier

As the Computer Support Technician of the Hollis and Helen Baright Public Library in Ralston, Nebraska, Karen Mier is responsible for the library’s hardware and software, and for maintaining its website. She is also responsible for and very proud of the computer courses offered to the library’s patrons. 

Serving a Small Community

Jumping In:

A Small Library Willing to Tackle Big Adventures
Location: 
Florence, Colorado
Librarian: 
Kieran Hixon

As the Office and Cataloging Services Librarian of the John C. Fremont Public Library District in Florence, Colorado, Kieran Hixon is always willing to embrace great new technology for his small, rural library.

Two in One:

An Academic and Public Library within the Same Building
Location: 
St. Petersburg, Florida
Librarian: 
Chad Mairn

As the Information Services Librarian of the West St. Petersburg Community Library at St. Petersburg College in Florida, Chad Mairn has learned how to serve academic and public libraries housed within the same building.

Wearing Many Hats