The digital divide with Seniors

Many of my technology encounters at the library have been with Seniors. Sometimes the request for help is simple. Sometimes it is complex. In nearly all cases there is a level of frustration. Seniors require a different approach in teaching style. Kids, even when they don’t have access to technology at home, have a natural

Which FOSS Web Content Management System?

In July Amy asked this question on the SPLAT! Facebook page: “What’s the best open source platform (content management system) for managing web content?” At the time I slipped into reference desk mode and asked for clarification: “The best open source platform for managing web content is going to depend on what you want your

On Jumping into the Twitterverse (or, Why this explanation deserves more than 140 characters)

More than five years ago I had to create an account in something that most people had never heard of – Twitter. It was for a tech class I was taking, led by library tech guru Linda Braun, @lbraun2000. I did my requisite one Tweet, then left my account to gather dust. At the time

YPULSE: Youth and Millennial Marketing

I’m all about stealing other people’s great ideas (which is why Creative Commons is such a great idea for me hehe). Now my boss (the awesome Karen Yother) likes to refer to it as “not reinventing the wheel,” and others comment, “that everyone remixes used ideas.” Either way, this week’s post is thanks to (the

Waze – Crowdsource Driving

I’ve been using Waze a lot lately, especially when I go to bigger cities.  Waze is a crowdsourced driving and map app that combines quite a few features to make it a handy app for navigating unfamiliar cities as well as roads right in your backyard.  Waze’s base maps are loaded by Google Maps, but

Omeka is O-mazing

Do you have a special collection of items, especially multimedia, that are languishing inside a box somewhere? Want to find a way to allow more people to notice them? Publish them on the Internet! Though the solution seems simple enough, it’s not as easy as it looks. If you want to make your items visible

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,