“What’s a good starting point for my library to get into blogs?” someone recently asked me at a conference. What a great question!
Weblogs, or “blogs,” are simply applications that take the muss and fuss out of generating Web pages. Weblog software can be configured, adapted, and tweaked for many uses, and it allows librarians [...]
In the October issue of CIL, Rachel helps librarians keep in the know:
We can use blogs to market our institutions; we can also use them as an integral component in our personal professional development plans. Perhaps not surprisingly, many “techie” librarians tend to create blogs in their areas of expertise, and their blend [...]
In the September issue, Rachel discusses all things USB:
Now that you’re offering this useful service, how do you get people to take advantage of it? First, advertise its availability. Post a “Flash Drives Welcome” sign temporarily, make a note in your newsletter, post on your library’s blog, and be sure that all public [...]
For July/August, Rachel & I co-authored a piece on sites where librarians can share their expertise!
One of librarians’ core strengths lies in the way we share knowledge and facilitate the free ex change of information. When we extend this strength to communicating, collaborating, and building networks with one another–in addition to the collaborative [...]
This month, Rachel and I cowrote a piece on sites where you can get help with technology, including PayITForward:
Born out of Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library’s recent Library 2.0 “Library Camp,” Pay “IT” Forward is the brainchild of Scan Robinson, IT manager at the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library. The wiki-based site, built [...]
This month, Rachel rolls out some of the HOT social tools! And ITI puts the whole article online!!
You don’t have to jump into implementing every one of these ideas and services, but do think outside the basic library Web site box and about meeting your users where they are. Most of these [...]
Hooray! Here’s the full text of Rachel’s piece on Open Source Software!
This piece highlights some wonderful ways librarians can implement and work with wireless, but we still nee to serve the patrons who rely on us for basic computer access. Keeping software on public access machine current, given hefty licensing fees, pricey [...]
This month, Rachel Singer Gordon and I start a Computers in Libraries magazine monthly department that will offer tips and strategies for technology projects in any kind of library for little or no cost! We begin with some background about our library experience. We’ll be switching off between aithors month to month. Next month, [...]