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Get out there with the help of your Friends

There's a lot of talk about the value in leaving the library building. Not for patrons, mind you, but for staff. I'm often reminded of a marvelous tip I learned from Gail Santy, a presenter at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference last year (handouts from her presentation).

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

Q & A with an Edge Library

Bill Young, with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, recently talked to the Miami (OK) Public Library director, Marcia Johnson, to find out about her experiences as a pilot library for the Edge Initiative .

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?

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).

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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