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Dear Internet: You Will Be the Death of Me. Sincerely, Kate

As seems to be the way of things, a week or two (or five) ago, I "pinned" a link for some cool kids' printables to my Library Pinterest Board ( I finally had a chance to take a look at it today, and it led to about a billion other discoveries of awesomeness

Some Tech Tools, Courtesy of Garden City

One of the things I love very most about SPLAT is getting the opportunity to explore ideas, tools, and trends to share with other people. I'm a sharer (some might say over-sharer) at heart, so this is always very fun for me. Recently, a few of us got the chance to present some

A short how-to


One of my favorite co-SPLAT-ers (and really, they're all my favorites) asked me to do a quick how-to for those of you who really want to make those cool links in your blog posts that direct readers to something awesome with a label you've made yourself. What I'm trying to say is, this is

Netted by the Webbys

I am prone to being overly excited about new things. It seems to be inherent to my character, but I'm learning to accept that. With that disclaimer out of the way, this is seriously one of the coolest things! 

If you haven't heard of them, the Webby Awards are handed out yearly

Magnt & Presumes

Having an online presence has become almost mandatory, but there are so many options it can be somewhat overwhelming to get organized. Here are a few that are quick and easy ways to share your interests, market your skills, and provide your contact information without having to invest a ton of time.

Facebook at Your Fingertips

Learn to use Facebook to your (read: your library's) advantage at ILA this October.

Whether you've happily jumped on the Facebook bandwagon or you've been nervously avoiding it until you've "done some research", now is your chance to get more information and tools to effectively market your library using Facebook. Check out SPLAT’s presentation

Tech Review

I recently created a library program based on graphic novels for one of my college courses. In the process, I discovered a bunch of super cool online resources. A quick introduction to each can be found below.

  • Aviary: Hands down, my new favorite site. Aviary hosts online photo, design, and audio editing tools. You can

Oh, Nintendo, how I love thee…

The Nintendo 3DS was officially released Sunday. After listening to my husband extol its virtues ad nauseam over the last year, I was excited to see if the device lived up to the hype.

Oh, and then some.

The first device (as far as I know) to offer "glasses free" 3D viewing of games and movies,

Are our tools making our decisions for us?

This article from Newsweek provides interesting data to suggest that we aren't nearly as in control of our decisions as we'd like to believe. The most salient point, though, is that our twitters and facebooks and cell phones are likely inhibiting not only our ability to make decisions ("info-paralysis"), but causing us to make worse

Ebooks: Where to get them…

In Idaho, checking out ebooks from your library can be difficult. Boise Public Library provides access to Overdrive, so if you are lucky enough to live in the Boise Public Library tax district, you have free access to these books. Otherwise, you probably don't have access to new ebooks or you don't have access to