Last year, 2013, was very exciting for 5 public libraries in Idaho who had the privilege to be included in ICFL’s pilot project “Make It”. Make It has given our libraries the resources, training and motivation to bring makerspaces, and more importantly the maker culture, into our communities. Now this is not the forum to
There is a frequent library customer who uses the phrase, “How am I supposed to know that?” whenever he’s learning about something new, especially when it comes to computers. How is he supposed to know? He isn’t supposed to know. But he might have to learn. We all have to read, watch, or try stuff
Typically speaking, I like to test drive a website or app before I write about it (and I would test drive this one for you, but I don’t have a smart phone, and that somewhat diminishes my ability lol). But this one is super cool, and I have it on pretty good authority (TechCrunch, The
Sometimes I think that I am a terrible Web 2.0 user. In a feigned attempt to protect my privacy, I don’t let my browsers remember my passwords, and I don’t have a dedicated device to call my own. For those reasons, if I want to send something on Dropbox, I have to remember my login.
Want to try out a great new web tool but you’re not sure how to begin? Or, have you let a cool new app languish on your smartphone because you’re not sure how to use it? Well, give GROVO a try. This site offers quick (60 second) tutorials for a ton of different subjects –
What is it? The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used
Have you heard of LibraryBox? LibraryBox is a cool, new tool libraries will use for the distribution of materials. What is it? A device that works with a device’s WiFi capability (like an ipod or smartphone or laptop) to transmit materials. LibraryBox does not require Internet access, and does the file sharing from the box
I was actually anxious to get my hands on the Coby Kyros tablet in the gizmo garage and give it a try. These tablets are android based and retail for around $100 or less. I wanted to see if these inexpensive tablets can do just as good a job as a more expensive iPad, and
Great article for comparing popular various ereaders, specifically in regard to use as a tool while traveling. http://www.itats.org/the-ultimate-ereader-travel-guide/ Julie Raynor has pulled together a great infographic and text providing any buyer a useful tool for making that ultimate decision of which e-reader/tablet in which to invest.
One of the sessions I attended at this summer’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago was The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities: A Presidential Initiative Update Panelists: Maureen Sullivan, President, American Library Association, Alexia Hudson Ward, Mary Wegner, Richard Harwood. This was a great session which built on the conversation starters held at Mid-Winter in Seattle.