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Positions available on SPLAT!

The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), has several positions to fill at the end of 2014.  ICfL is currently soliciting applications from individuals who are working in the Idaho library community to serve a three-year term on SPLAT.  We need representatives from all types of libraries

Culture eats strategy for breakfast!

Technology is a means to create meaningful conversations with people.  Digital transformation comes down to people.

Trends, Futurists, and Much More!

Just finishing the second week of a San Jose State University MOOC, entitled “The Emerging Future:  Technology Issues and Trends.”  So many resources to share — here are a few just to get started: Organizations To Watch Institute for Ethics: Emerging Technologies (Links to an external site.)  “A nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how

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

E-reader comparison

Great article for comparing popular various ereaders, specifically in regard to use as a tool while traveling. 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.

Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

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. 

Digital Strategist

In reviewing my blog feeds this morning, I came across this Slide Share by Ben Caddell, Digital Strategist.  It is a great overview of the what a digital strategist is and the role it plays in helping a company or a library promote their services, programming, and resources to the digital world.  I see this

Magic Valley SPLAT Adventure

Today (July 19, 2013), 9 members of the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) will be visiting 4 libraries in Magic Valley.  They will be interacting with staff  and drop ins — providing insight about tablets, e-readers, and anything else that comes along related to libraries, programming and technology.  Camas County District Library, Burley Public

The Edge

In support of the continuing conversation about the value of a library to its community, I would like to bring your attention a national intiative to develop and implement public access benchmarks for libraries. 

The American Library Assoication Office for Information Technology Policy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International City/County Management Association, Lyrasis, OCLC,

SPLAT Meeting

The Speical Projects Library Action Team meets quarterly to review trends and provide a "crow's nest" view of librarianship in Idaho.  As always there is great sharing.  Here are some links you might find useful: