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Getting Your Proposals Passed: How to Create Strong Technology Proposals

If you’ve never written a proposal, be prepared, you’ll probably be tasked with writing one at some point in your career. And if you’re able to skirt by the next 30 years without writing one, you’re probably doing something wrong.

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High Tech Makerspaces

The makerspace movement encompasses a wide berth from the basic to the high tech, and the free to the highly expensive. Determining what the library can afford, what it wants to accomplish with its makerspace, how best to utilize its resources, and whether partners can be found to support these efforts is incredibly important.

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Whose Fault Is It? The Technology Or The Human Using It?

It’s so easy to blame the machine, but is that why something didn’t work properly? Could it be operator error? How can you decide whose fault it is?

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A Free Virtual Conference for Librarians? It’s On!

My colleague and I hosted Library OnConference, a virtual conference held completely on Google Hangouts for librarians throughout the country. How did this come about and would we do it again? And how can you host your own conference?

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Games, Games, and More Games – Experiencing Gen Con as a Librarian

Every year gaming geeks of all shapes and sizes travel to Indianapolis to participate in Gen Con, a 4-day table-top gaming extravaganza. Gamers are able to participate in all sorts of tournaments as well as playtest a variety of role-playing, strategy, miniature, and collectible card games.

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Surveying the Digital Inclusion Survey

The Digital Inclusion Survey, which collected information from September to November 2013 about public libraries, is a significant way to see how libraries are excelling and where they are falling short in digital literacy, programming, and technology training.

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Two States Creating State-Wide Library E-book Collections

A recent Library Journal Online article examined a newly passed bill in Connecticut that gave the state’s library board of trustees the authority to create a state-wide e-book collection. Connecticut’s small size means there are no county governments and therefore no individual library systems. A Connecticut library card is valid in every library in the […]

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Frenemies: An Amazon Story of Courtship

Amazon recently announced the Amazon Source collaboration proposal for independent bookstores , “empower[ing][ them] to sell Kindle e-readers and tablets in their stores” by offering a discount on the price of Kindle tablets and e-readers. Stores also have the opportunity to make a commission on books purchased for that device anywhere, anytime. In examining this proposal, it seems at the very least as harmful as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but at most a diabolical deal with the devil.

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Personal Digital Archiving: Cloud Storage as a Backup

Online backup storage – the cloud – is an attractive option for backing up files, especially since a) you should backup your data in different geographic locations and b) with online backup you don’t have to worry about hardware upgrades. However, online storage services are still congealing into something realistic, practical and affordable, and when you shop for a cloud service, there are many conditions to consider.

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Tech of Ages Features New Gadgets and Older Technology

The process we use starts with an email plea for help. We ask staff to be generous lending old technology that will really shock those young’uns! We typically define old as more than 10 years old (and that isn’t really that old!). Our staff has provided typewriters, Walkmans, Discmans, record players, cannon ball, ink and quill set, 1940s radio, Atari console, avocado green rotary phone, Super 8 video camera and floppy discs.

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The Technology Reference Interview

A modified reference interview can be used by your staff to aid patrons with their technology questions.