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September 2018 Library Tech Newsbytes

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What's new in library tech! Library Tech Newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We've been stepping up our game on Twitter (@TS4Libs) recently, so you may have seen one of these already, but never fear! Find some fresh library tech newsbytes below. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

From the Archives: 11 Edge Benchmark Webinars

Have you heard of the Library Edge project? If you're a regular visitor to our site, you have seen resources and stories we're shared in support of the project over the last year. You may also have attended one of our Library Edge Benchmark webinars. The Edge Benchmarks are the driving force behind the Edge Initiative. The benchmarks can help library staff understand best practices in  public access technology services for their communities and determine what steps they need to take to improve their public technology. 

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.

Youth-led Tech @ the Library: Thank you Jennifer Nichols!

Thank you so much to Jennifer Nichols for sharing her experiences and ideas related to youth-led technology at the library in today's webinar! Thank you also to the participants for sharing your questions and experiences, too.

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.

Submit your nomination for best library practices using cutting-edge technology

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.