Basic PC Troubleshooting: Webinar Follow-up

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.

Kick it. Benchmarks get more input.

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.

Better together: benchmarks and advocacy

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

5 1/2 Things I Learned While Writing the Cookbooks (Part 2):

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.

Discounted Computer Program Now Open to Libraries

Good news.  For awhile now, we at TechSoup (parent organization to the MaintainIT Project) have been working with our corporate partners to open more donation programs to public libraries.  In the past year, software donations from Symantec, NOZA, and ot

What to do with old computers: Rejuvenate, Reuse, Refurbish, Recycle, or Replace?

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.

Leasing computers: cons and considerations

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:

leasing computers: pros today, cons tomorrow

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!

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