Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

Jenny Powell
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Published: 30 September 2014
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Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

Tech tools have rapidly emerged to augment digital storytelling, intuitively edit photos and video clips, easily convert complex file formats, and aid team collaboration without a myriad of emails. So, how do you know which tools can effectively help your library staff engage with patrons while increasing digital literacy skills?

Tech-tamer Kieran Hixon, Technology and Digital Initiatives Consultant, Colorado State Library, and Board Member and Web Master, Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has created a Tech Tools Ready Reference shelf to help determine which tools will best support your needs. In his recent WebJunction webinar, Taming Tech... Read more

Connecting for Care in Your Community

Liz Morris
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Published: 30 September 2014
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Connecting for Care in Your Community

We're curious – how do members of your community connect for care? It's a broad question, and "connecting for care" means different things to a lot of people. That's why we're asking! So – email us and let us know – how do members of your community connect for care? What role does your library play in that connection?

Here's why we're asking. Since July 2013, Health Happens in Libraries has worked to magnify the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. Our first year of work focused primarily on the online health insurance Marketplace established... Read more

GeekHunt: Geek the Library in Austin, Texas

Karen Austin
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Published: 29 September 2014
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GeekHunt: Geek the Library in Austin, Texas

So you're visiting Austin, Texas, sitting outside enjoying some local barbecue, and a bus passes by featuring three things: a stunning photo of Grammy nominated local band Grupo Fantasma, the Austin Public Library logo, and the message: "Nosenloquecelamusica" or "Wegeekmusic".  It gets you wondering, and you ask yourself, "How is that band connected to the library?"  

The Geek the Library campaign is designed to cause that reaction, and now the Austin Public Library is challenging the residents of Austin, Texas, to play "Spot the Geek" as part of its Geek the Library campaign. As Austinites notice Geek the Library billboards and... Read more

Rural and Small Libraries Conference: ARSL 2014 Recap

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 September 2014
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Rural and Small Libraries Conference: ARSL 2014 Recap

What could be better than the best library conference in your own backyard? How about working for an organization that helps sponsor that conference (thank you OCLC), and allows you to present, learn, and network with nearly 400 other people who love rural and small libraries! Three of us from the WebJunction team attended the 2014 Association for Rural & Small Libraries annual conference in Tacoma and we're thrilled to provide you with a recap of this fabulous conference.

After our short commute, we joined a tour of three local libraries showcasing new construction and a remodel. We began... Read more

The App Days of Summer: Hacking San José's Summer Reading Program

Ahniwa Ferrari
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Published: 25 September 2014
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The App Days of Summer: Hacking San José's Summer Reading Program

Developing a partnership, developing an app - San José Public Library acknowledges that being in Silicon Valley, they may have more technology opportunities than some. For instance, when the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership appeared, they were right there and ready to jump on board; and when as part of that program, eBay opened up a pilot project called Opportunity Hack, a hackathon where non-profits and government organizations could pitch ideas to eBay's "hacker" team, San José had just the program to pitch.

San José's reading program was already excellent. They had a solid "gamified" approach to their Summer Reading Program,... Read more

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