Kansas

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).

Minecraft at the Library

Silver Lake, Kansas is a town with a population of 1,439 people (according to the 2010 Census). Thanks to the local library, there’s a whole lot of building going on in the community… and I’m not just talking about renovations and an expansion at the library. Youth in the community have been visiting the library to play Minecraft, a game that allows them to build almost anything they can imagine.

Sowing the Seeds: Kinsley Library's Oral History Project

Why was I thinking about the Library Edge technology benchmarks while watching a Super Bowl ad? The connection was sparked by the RAM trucks farmer commercial. Here in Kansas, pride in farmers and their work is something people think and talk about on a regular basis.

Delightful Encounters with Technology

Kids at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh were so stressed out by getting MRIs that they often had to be sedated. As a response to this, innovative minds turned the MRI machine into a pirate ship - changing the experience (and lessening the need for sedation) dramatically! I love this example of turning something difficult into something fun.

If you host it, they will come

Every year, the Northeast Kansas Library System hosts a Technology Day; a gathering to learn and talk about technology in libraries. The day features a nationally known keynote speaker and numerous breakout sessions. Attendees are public librarians, academic librarians, school librarians, State Library and regional library system employees, and more. I have had the opportunity to plan this event for NEKLS many times now and am happy to say that the 2012 event (held August 16th) was perhaps the best one yet.

The Joys of Jing!

According to Liz (our system administrator), everything good comes from Lifehacker.com...and that is where she found Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/).  As the Web site says, "Use Jing to capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it instantly...as an image or short movie."   You'll need to set up a free (limited use) account, which allows you to post stuff to

Life with Koha

The NExpress shared catalog has been on Koha for a little over three months now and we just added the Ottawa Library to the family over Thanksgiving. A perk of working with LibLime is that they have staff in both the US and Canada. The Canadian migration team worked away while we ate turkey and stuffing!

From Sirsi to Koha...

Welcome Sharon Moreland, our most recent guest blogger! Sharon is the Director at the Tonganoxie Public Library in Kansas, and a contributor to the Cookbooks. Sharon will be a regular blogger for MaintainIT, telling the tale of her experiences with Koha as her library starts a new chapter with open source. Welcome, Sharon! (Oh, and I was the one who added the photo of Sharon to her post. I couldn't help myself!) :)

-sarah ----

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