Submitted by Brenda Hough on 10 October 2013 - 2:49am
The University of Washington Information School (iSchool) has launched the Impact Survey, a new survey tool designed to help public libraries assess how their communities use technology services at the library, and how it has had a positive impact on community member's lives. The survey asks patrons about technology use in the following areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 15 May 2013 - 1:45pm
Thank you to Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Library (IN) for sharing her planning experiences and expertise during today's "Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success" webinar! If you missed the webinar, but are interested in a thoughtful approach to technology planning, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 29 April 2013 - 10:37am
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 24 April 2013 - 7:34am
Do you have a disaster preparedness plan for the library? If not, and you are in the process of creating one, you will be glad to know that TechsSoup's handy resource, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery, has recently been updated. Now, in addition to being available as a PDF or Word document, it's also available in ePUB and mobi formats!
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 20 March 2013 - 6:43am
Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Laura Speer and the Fayetteville Public Library. Laura and the library are spotlighted for their success with Library Edge Benchmark 10, which includes technology management policies, with hardware and software upgrades, network security policies, and patron privacy policies.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 7 September 2012 - 1:12pm
Ever since I bought a smartphone, my digital camera, video camera, and Nook have been gathering dust on the shelf. I also find that I use my laptop a lot less on the weekends. It's just so handy to use my smartphone to do those things (take photos, shoot videos, read e-books, and check email). I also used to stop at libraries and coffee shops to use wireless when I was traveling. Now I just use my smartphone to keep up while away. Thinking about my own changed habits since acquiring a smartphone has me wondering, how are smartphones impacting public access computing in libraries?
Submitted by Chris Peters on 17 December 2008 - 4:12pm
In our latest Cookbook, we featured a lot of content about technology planning
, technology budgets
and IT hiring
, and I kept searching for decent formulas, guidelines and calculators to help libriarans make IT decisions. I didn't find as many as I'd
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 22 May 2008 - 5:32pm
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: