Submitted by Brenda Hough on 12 February 2013 - 2:18pm
Huge thanks and kudos to Joe Olayvar from the WA State Library, who skillfully presented our most popular TechSoup Edge Initiative webinar yet: Basic PC Troubleshooting. Missed the session? Don’t worry! It was recorded. A number of resources were shared during the session and I’ll include links to those here. We'll be going through the questions that were asked during the session and will create a blog post to respond to those that weren't answered.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 27 January 2012 - 2:05pm
At a recent ALA MidWinter session on the Edge Initiative, Larra Clark from ALA OITP ended her remarks with, "the benchmarks are meant to be kicked. So kick it." Thus launched a focus group exercise where approximately 50 attendees were asked to provide feedback to a draft set of public access technology benchmarks.
Submitted by Ariel Gilbert-Knight on 28 July 2011 - 9:30am
What would you think about a tool that:
- Creates a common language for discussing public libraries' and public access technology's role in supporting community goals
- Sets clear, achievable and measurable standards for public access technology for libraries of all sizes
- Supports strategic planning, budgeting and advocacy processes
- Provides an extra layer of legitimacy and authority to library technology discussions
- Helps you find new and clearer ways to tell your library's story
Submitted by Amber Slaven on 18 May 2009 - 8:33am
The King County Library System in Washington State is one of the busiest in the country. Our service area encompasses 2,131 miles, including many rural and unincorporated areas.
Submitted by Chris Peters on 13 April 2009 - 10:00am
Lesson 2: Buying Computers for a Library is More Complicated than it Looks
When I need a computer, I pray to the budget gods, log onto a PC manufacturer’s website (e.g. Dell or HP) and configure a machine. It’s pretty easy and the computer arrives a week or two later.
So I didn’t anticipate going into this project how many things the average systems librarian has to think about when buying computers. The list below is only partial! But I think I’m hitting the major steps in the process.
Submitted by Chris Peters on 29 January 2009 - 1:47pm
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 31 October 2008 - 10:52am
I've noticed that we humans tend to develop a personal relationship with our machines. We give them names, we decorate them, and they become an important part of our daily routines. But eventually the day comes along that a machine is no longer serving its purpose and we need to move on. What can you do with that old machine? In a MaintainIT webinar on October 30th, Jean Montgomery and Jim Lynch shared some ideas, including: rejuvenate, reuse, refurbish, recycle, and replace.
Submitted by Jennifer Nelson on 30 July 2008 - 6:01pm
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 22 May 2008 - 5:32pm
Last week, I shared an excerpt from our next Cookbook about the pros of leasing computers. Today, I'll share what we've learned about the cons of leasing computers for your library:
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 15 May 2008 - 2:32pm
We've heard from a lot of libraries who have leased computers in their libraries, and since a librarian we were interviewing yesterday asked for more information on that topic, I thought I'd offer a sneak peak at what we're writing in the next Cookbook. If you've leased computers in your library, please share your experiences in a comment, and please also let us know who you are, so we chat more with you and include your ideas in the next Cookbook!