The Fitbit in the library – maybe

Personal devices are the hot new consumer electronic trend right now. Some show really great promise at solving certain medical problems. Others just further propel people toward increased internet connectivity and socialization. These devices present problems for libraries in many of the some ways that tablets, ipods, and laptops do. There is the increased bandwidth

Community Building Summit, and Marketing, Too

In May, ICfL held a Community Building Summit with a handful of libraries from across the state and lead by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc.  Participating libraries brought a team of people including at least one community member and one trustee.  Each team created a plan integrating the community partner and trustee, designed to

Association for Rural and Small Libraries coming to Tacoma!

Are you going to ARSL?  For most of us’ns in Idaho, we are small, and we are rural.  With the Association for Rural and Small Libraries coming so close to us in Tacoma, consider coming! This is our chance to get together and share our ideas, network with librarians just like us, and learn from

Websites I Love

It’s sad really, but some of my favorite websites are all about technology – especially websites and apps. A few are education/library-specific, but most are just general tech sites. Even when I have no immediate use for the the resources being discussed, I still find it interesting to know who’s using what app or site,

5 Random Apps to Try

So I know we’ve mentioned Netted by the Webbys before, but they continue to do a fantastic job locating interesting things to try around the internet. Here are five apps/sites they mentioned recently that you might enjoy: Quotery Discover famous quotes and start your own personalized collection. Glide Send and receive video messages instantly; watch

Updating the library website

Just over a year ago I started looking at my library’s website. It was in dreadful need of updating. The style, content and organization had not really been touched since the last major update several years ago. Web designers recommend updating a website’s visual design and function every 2-3 years, and ours was certainly overdue.

Scribd – the “Netflix of Books”

In the last couple of months I’ve had several people ask me about Scribd ( So, I thought I’d take a few minutes to let everyone know what I’ve learned about it. Scribd has been around since 2007 and is currently made up of two components – an “E-book” section for publishers to market and

Absolutely Free (and Practically Unknown) Online Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

In January, 2014, Laura Solomon presented an Infopeople webinar on Absolutely Free (and Practically Unknown) Online Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed.  This was a wonderful overview of online applications and provides much food for thought as we look at both our library workflow and our personal workflow. There is a wonderful handout that lists

Have mobile device, will travel

On a recent vacation, I began noticing (and pondering), all the ways that our mobile devices have affected how we function (or don’t), when we’re on the go.  First off, since airlines now offer digital boarding passes on smartphones, airline workers are trained to take phones, as well as paper boarding passes, as passengers board

Teaching Internet Safety

A crucial part of your digital literacy instruction programs ought to be classes for the public on Internet safety.  There’s a lot of topics in this area, so planning a curriculum around this concept is rich and varied based on audience, purpose, and tech level.   First, work on identifying your community needs.  Get input from