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Agile Web Development & Heat Tracking

I’d heard the term Agile Development before, but the term seemed so daunting… what kind of code did I need to know?  Did I need to program?  What kind of computer did I need?  It was too much.  However… I attended a session on Agile Development at Internet Librarian, and it turns out it is

Public WiFi – More Dangerous Than You Think

You all know me… I’m concerned about personal security and privacy and staying safe online.  I think it’s an important part of our lives and certainly an important part of information literacy in ANY library.  And it’s challenging to balance how much you choose to share about yourself on social networking sites while remaining safe

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

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

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

Raspberry Pi

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

Digital Ads on the Web – Ad* Access by Duke University

The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio,

Useful links for managing your online presence

You know that time you asked yourself, "Did I create an account with this website?" Or, "Did I really delete my account, because that was vague." Or have you wondered lately what apps or websites have access to your personal data?  Well, I have, and I found these awesome sites for managing the security of