A Quick Guide to Making Online Tutorial Videos

The demand from patrons in the Sonoma County Library (SCL) system for e-reader assistance was high — and something needed to be done. At the time, I was working as a part-time circulation technician, and I was aware of the need for something that could help people at home, or that nonprofessional staff like myself could direct people to during busier times at the reference desk.

6 Tips for Bringing Tech to Story Time

Incorporating digital elements into story time has been a popular topic this year. There were two sessions on the topic at the California Library Association's annual conference as well as a session on story time apps at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference.

We also had an incredible turnout for our November Every Kid Ready to Read: Tech Tools for Early Literacy webinar.

Reading and Story Time Apps for Your Library

A pig playing an iPad piano was the last thing I expected to see at the Association of Small and Rural Libraries (ASRL) annual conference in Tacoma, Washington. Okay, it was just a pig puppet named Bacon, but still! Jeffrey Stoffer, library assistant at the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library in Maricopa, Arizona, showed just how creative one can get in the library with a tablet full o' apps. Luckily for us, Jeffrey shared his entire ARSL presentation (warning: large PDF file). This blog post just covers the reading and story time apps, but Jeffrey also talked about social media, writing, creativity, gaming, and problem solving apps for kids. 

Kid reading on iPad

One thing to note is that Jeffrey's presentation focused on iOS apps. Some of these apps might be available on Android and Windows platforms, or there might be similar types of apps on other platforms.

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).

Technology for Library Users with Disabilities

There are many exciting ways in which technology is empowering some people who have disabilities. At its best, technology can help people communicate more effectively and function more independently. It can improve quality of life. Many libraries are finding ways to facilitate adoption of technology for library patrons who have disabilities. Other libraries are working to find ways to add to the assistive technology at the library.

AZ State Library Hosts E-Reader Summit

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records had a day-long E-Reader Summit and Technology Showcase on September 20th. What an amazing project! Many participants were from rural libraries and some had never seen an e-reader before. I wish I could have captured the look on one library director's face when she turned on her iPad for the first time. Pure joy!

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