Submitted by Larra Clark on 26 August 2011 - 12:20pm
Along with TechSoup, the ALA Office for Technology Information Policy (OITP) is one of the thirteen organizations working to develop a beta set of national public access technology benchmarks for public libraries. We’d like to thank Sarah for the opportunity to introduce ourselves and share some of our thoughts and experiences from working on this project.
Submitted by Janet Chase-Williams on 23 August 2011 - 9:05am
Benchmarks. These are words of foreboding for this rural librarian. Great. On top of non-existent funding now the library is going to have to live up to some Queens Library-quality technological advancements.
Submitted by Denise Hendlmyer on 19 August 2011 - 8:31am
Submitted by Josie Parker on 9 August 2011 - 9:30am
When I was first invited to be a representative of public library directors in the Public Access Technology Benchmarks Initiative (joining the consortium of 13 organizations including TechSoup Global, ALA, PLA and the Urban Libraries Council), I was reluctant.
Submitted by Lisa Neal-Shaw on 21 July 2011 - 7:56am
46 full-sized chairs, desks, tables and shelves.
12 large stacks.
10 full and part-time staff.
8 public access computers.
5 staff offices.
60% less floor space.
Submitted by Jenifer Vanek on 13 July 2011 - 12:30pm
Since October 2010, I’ve been working with a team of educators to create learning content to support digital literacy skills and an understanding of broadband Internet. The goal of the project, which was funded by NTIA/BTOP is to increase broadband adoption in our participating states by supporting digital literacy, proving the relevance of high speed Internet to our learners, and teaching how to make decisions about finding and buying broadband Internet.
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 1 June 2011 - 9:37am
Submitted by Jacque Gage on 24 May 2011 - 1:37pm
First off, the library received NO DAMAGE. We are enough north of the storm area that our building is fine. Of our staff, nine completely lost homes. Two others sustained significant damage. Two employees sustained minor injuries: one woman broke her arm and another has thousands of abrasions on his back sustained when the place in which he took shelter collapsed.
Submitted by Matthew Maine on 19 May 2011 - 9:22am
Technological advances are forcing constant changes in libraries across the nation. It is important to note that these changes encompass more than just computer hardware and software. At the Butler Area Public Library, located in Butler, PA, even the bulletin board has been replaced with what is commonly referred to as “digital signage.” With digital signage, news announcements, event information, etc., can be shown throughout the library via LCD television monitors. Fortunately, over time LCDs have become increasingly inexpensive.
Submitted by Tara McKenzie on 18 May 2011 - 10:04am
Our library is paying an hourly rate for IT services each time we need anything technical done to the computers in our care. And the hourly rate is not cheap: $100 for the first hour, $80 for consecutive hours, plus travel each way. I can maintain my own computer, but not a library's system. After we needed several hours' work done on our computers, I found the cost rising to a shrinking budget and needed to find a better solution than bake sales.