Libraries Selected

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

Sixty-five Illinois public libraries have each been chosen to receive almost $4,000 worth of equipment, hardware and software to help businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities create new economic growth opportunities.  The “Business and Libraries: Working Together” technology packages are the result of a $300,000 grant to the State Library from the U.S. Small Business […]

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WilsonSelect Plus Information for FY2012

April 12th, 2011 Comments off

For the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1, 2011, H.W. Wilson will be making some changes on how you access their product.  The name of the product has changed from WilsonSelect Plus to OmniFile Select.  One of the other major changes is that the library systems will no longer bill for their product in […]

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FY 2011 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) FY2011 using the Bibliostat Collect software for data collection. The web-based IPLAR is accessible at http://collect.btol.com. To access the Bibliostat Collect site, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library (ISL) User Name and Password.  Your library’s User […]

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Try It! Illinois 2010

September 24th, 2010 Comments off

Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that the eleventh annual Try-It! Illinois statewide database trial will be available October 1 through November 30, 2010.  Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and users an excellent opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources.  […]

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Net Neutrality

August 25th, 2010 Comments off

As a librarian it may be difficult to explain Net Neutrality and why it is so important to libraries and to our users. This simple infograph from ReadWriteWeb makes it easy to understand and explain. http://bit.ly/netneutralityfacts

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Geek the Library

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Geek the Library public awareness campaign is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today’s challenging environment and to increase awareness about public library funding. The campaign encourages libraries to engage with their communities and start important funding conversations. Geek the Library was born out of the findings in From Awareness […]

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ERate Update for July 2010

July 20th, 2010 Comments off

Well another ERate year has come and gone, and with the end of one year and the beginning of another, there are a few things I want to remind you of. For ERate Year July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010: If you chose to receive your discount as a check instead of discounts on […]

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60 Seconds of Tech Podcast #3

March 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Resources discussed: Google Voice

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Workforce Recovery and Libraries

February 5th, 2010 Comments off

During January, I participated in the Libraries and Workforce Recovery webinar, hosted by WebJunction. The hour long session focused on what public libraries are doing to help patrons find employment, to complete online applications, to develop resumes, and to cope in today’s economy. The webinar was inspirational. Libraries of all sizes are working to help […]

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60 Seconds of Tech Podcast #1

February 4th, 2010 Comments off
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Help Us Help You

December 7th, 2009 Comments off

LCLS is moving to a new helpdesk software, to replace HelpMe, which we will be calling Help Us Help You, or HUHY. http://huhy.lcls.org/ For detailed instructions, as well as explanatory screencasts, visit the LCLS website: http://www.lcls.org/whats-new/new-helpdesk-huhy/ Why are we making this change? For a couple of reasons… First, HelpMe is based on a vendor software […]

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A dark secret revealed at last

November 13th, 2009 Comments off

Among the great misunderstandings in history, the perceived rift between those who self-identify as ‘techie’ or ‘non-techie’ ranks high.  Techies both love and loath the misconception that they are modern day warlocks, conjuring technology know-how from dragon scales and silicon.  But now, for you and the world, I will reveal the secret of the techie-wisdom, […]

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On Buying Computers

September 18th, 2009 Comments off

Everyone’s got a few (or several) clunker computers in their library, and when a grant or unexpected windfall comes your way, it’s helpful to have a plan for replacing antique computers. There’s about a million choices out there for getting new computers, but I’ve got a couple of pointers that might help you decide.  The […]

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RSS and other tools for catalogers

August 11th, 2009 Comments off

At the monthly catalogers meeting in August, we discussed some tools for following the latest information on cataloging. There are a number of blogs available that keep up on the latest news, rule changes, and other information of interest to catalogers and one way to follow all of this is using a blog aggregator. We […]

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Changes to FirstSearch

July 16th, 2009 Comments off

From the Illinois State Library: “In case you missed the letter that went out in February 2009, OCLC expanded all existing subscriptions to the FirstSearch Base Package to include the OAIster database on FirstSearch and the CAMIO and ArchiveGrid databases at no additional charge to your library. Details about the additions to your FirstSearch Base […]

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The Wide World of Downloadables

June 2nd, 2009 Comments off

The downloadable audiobook/ebook scene has always been awkward for libraries.  In the perfect world, content providers could keep a tight leash on their titles, patrons would get a seamless experience, and libraries would exceed expectations as a digital destination. Reality, however is quite different- downloadables tend to be riddled with DRM (Digital Rights Management), which […]

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Digital Preservation

May 11th, 2009 Comments off

Check out this video on digital preservation!

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A song in the key of B safe

April 16th, 2009 Comments off

Mike Hayman and his student singing troupe from Collinsville Middle School created this video about using technology responsibly.  Have look, and share it with the youth in your library (or sing about it, whatever your prefer).

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ALA Distributes Issue Papers

March 30th, 2009 Comments off

Ever at a loss for words when an official questions why the library needs more computers? Or when the school superintendent says the students have the school library, why do they need the public library? The American Library Association (ALA) has created two wonderful responses for  you to use, Job-seeking in U.S. Public Libraries and […]

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OTFL 2009 Technology Presentation

March 18th, 2009 Comments off

In case you missed On The Front Lines 2009, here is my presentation Library 2.0 on a 1.0 Budget. Other presentations from OTFL will be posted on Webjunction Illinois soon!

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Talks About the Kindle 2 on Nightline

March 11th, 2009 Comments off

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was on ABC’s Nightline Wednesday, March 10, talking about Amazon and Kindle 2.  Cynthia McFadden interviewed Bezos at the New York Public Library. Into The Amazon:  http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=7053845 It was actually an interesting interview.  At one point McFadden does ask Bezos, “Are books obsolete?”  What do you think?

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Fun and Instructive Videos

March 5th, 2009 Comments off

Last year Amanda McKay introduced me to to Commoncraft, a company that creates short instructive videos on complicated topics such as mortgages and podcasting. We liked the Commoncraft concept so well we are using it for the delivery packaging best-practices video Mercy and Kevin are editing. The Commoncraft idea uses papercut-outs and voice-over narration to […]

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RSS is SUPR!

February 27th, 2009 Comments off

Time for a quick lesson on RSS – Really Simple Syndication.  It might seem silly to explain a concept that has Really Simple in the name, but I didn’t totally get it at first, so here goes.  I think this video sums it up very well: I often think of RSS as being akin to […]

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Locking Down your OPAC

February 9th, 2009 Comments off

A perennnial problem for libraries that offer online public access computers (OPACs) for access to online databases or catalogs is that those same OPACs are used for neither.  Instead, OPACs are used for browsing Amazon or Facebook or whatever patrons feel like looking at.  Of course, you have computers for general internet browsing, but they […]

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… and a Happy New Yarrr!

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

With 2008 safely behind us, I wish everyone a prosperous 2009!  Take a moment to sit down in your favorite chair and think about what you want your library to look like in 2009.  What would you like to change?  What can you feasibly change? What have you been trying to change unsuccessfully?  What is […]

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Christmas presents 2.7

December 11th, 2008 Comments off

We’ve just upgraded our WordPress to version 2.7.  It’s a drastically different interface than v2.6, and I wonder how it must look to someone unfamiliar with WordPress.  My own impression is that it’s intended to shed light on some oft-forgotten features, which is great.  To achieve that goal, they widgetized practically every feature onto the […]

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Wifi Police/y

November 26th, 2008 Comments off

The other day a librarian asked me about wifi policies – who needs one, what should it say, is the library liable for wifi use/abuse, etc.  The first two questions are easy: everyone needs a wifi policy.  No exceptions.  It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece- you could borrow some of the language of your […]

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Blogs a-go-go

November 26th, 2008 Comments off

The staff at LCLS has decided to take a step into the library blogosphere.  Of course, they’ve always wanted to (albeit unknowingly).  There are innumerable ideas and thoughts that have been waiting for the perfect venue of self-expression; they need no longer slip through the cracks of our minds.  Rather, they’ll be read, analyzed, absorbed, […]

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