Category Archives: Technology

Good Idea!

This story comes from my “what a great idea!” file. The Chicago Public Library is partnering with CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) to offer free content to CTA train and bus riders. (The CTA offers free 4G wireless connectivity.) What a … Continue reading

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What’s New?

A LOT, as it turns out! Read all about what’s new and innovative at four libraries around the country.  

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Library of the Year: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Congratulations to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (KS), 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. “The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, is engaged in every discussion in its community. In fact, it is usually leading them. The … Continue reading

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It’s Not Either/Or

Libraries don’t have to (and shouldn’t) choose between being a library or a “makerspace.” They are both!

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Heart and Soul

“We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.”

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Makerspaces

OK, I’m stepping outside my comfort zone.  I don’t know a lot or understand a lot about the makerspace movement.  You probably know a lot more about it than I do.  But basically, a makerspace is just a place where … Continue reading

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Avant Garde

Today I’m looking at a site called The Daily Post from WordPress, and discovered that every day they publish a new “daily prompt” for bloggers to use when they’re having trouble blogging that day.  The daily prompt pushes them to … Continue reading

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Surprise!

The Pew Research Center recently published 7 Surprises About Libraries in Our Surveys, in which they share “some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.” I think you’ll find the list interesting, and … Continue reading

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iPads for Children in the Library!

Here’s a GREAT post on how Rapid City Public Libraries installed iPads for use by 2-10 year-olds.  You will definitely learn from their experience, and want to try something like this in your library.  Let me know how it goes.

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On the Edge of Greatness

The Edge Initiative, developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by the Urban Libraries Council, sounds like a great resource to me.  Its goal is … Continue reading

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