Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant for the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, has put together an excellent overview of the opportunities for funding improvements to broadband infrastructure included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In the form of any easy-to-read FAQ, you can find it at http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/pdf/arrabbfaqgen.pdf.
The Washington Office of the American Library Assocation has posted The Top Ten Things You Can Do Now…To Get Broadband Stimulus Funding for Your Library.
“Good tips on actions to take or consider undertaking,” says Bob Bocher, Co-Chair of the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy’s Telecom Subcommittee.
January 29, 2009 10:00 AM Pacific/ 1:00 PM Eastern
Join us for a free, 60 minute webinar where you will discover a free software designed just for libraries that offers an easy, step-by-step process for creating a technology plan from mission and vision to goals and objectives along with budget development. Learn how to use WebJunction’s TechAtlas for Libraries.
In challenging economic times, creating a sound technology plan with well documented budgetary needs can assist you in gaining Board approval and funding. Learn how to build a strategically designed set of goals, objectives, and activities that can be assigned to staff with deliverable deadlines and planned funding.
E-rate applicants that need to write technology plans can also use the TechAtlas for Libraries and take advantage of specific tips and reminders to keep in mind while going through the planning process.
Here is the line up for MaintainIT’s winter webinars. They are FREE and you don’t have to leave your desk to attend! Register for the events you want to attend (see the links below). Want to stay in the loop with MaintainIT? Subscribe to the events page RSS feed to be automatically notified of upcoming MaintainIT webinars, train-the-trainers and book clubs.
Laptop Labs: Creating, Maintaining, and Using Them
When: 12/09/2008 11:00am – 11:30am Pacific
Duration: 30 Minutes
Description: Maybe you’ve been dreaming about building a laptop lab to use for training and now you’re ready to make it a reality. What should you buy? What kind of maintenance will be involved? How have other libraries used laptop labs? Join this fast-paced and interactive webinar to find out more. Take 30 minutes out of your day to learn from the experiences of others and get something started. This webinar is offered in collaboration with WebJunction. Remote Desktop Software: A MaintainIT Book Club DiscussionWhen: 12/16/2008 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Duration: One hour
Description: Every month, MaintainIT hosts an online book club discussion. We select a chapter from one of the free Cookbooks, invite people to read it, and then meet to discuss. December’s Book Club Topic is: Remote Desktop Software.
Keeping up with technology: A MaintainIT webinarWhen: 12/12/2008 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Duration: One hour
Description: Keeping up with technology can seem overwhelming. In that sea of information, where do you find relevant resources for your library? In this free webinar, we’ll explore some of those resources… and why you’ll reap a number of benefits when investigating new resources, saving time and money.
Using MaintainIT Resources for Technology Training: Focus on Best PracticesWhen: 12/17/2008 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Duration: One hour
Description: The MaintainIT Project has gathered hundreds of stories and best practice examples related to public access computing in libraries. We have created resources that may be of use to you in the training you provide. We’ll review some of the ways libraries are using our resources for training and showcase best practices for technology training in public libraries.
ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE: In case you missed one of the webinars, or if you want revisit one again, visit: http://www.maintainitproject.org/events/archive. Each new webinar will be added to the archive within a day after it’s debut.
|MaintainIT serves a full menu of live webinars that will help you make the most of the cookbook series while giving you the chance to share your successes and ask your questions. Visit the MaintainIT events calendar, http://www.maintainitproject.org/events for an up-to-date listing.|
Sharon Moreland and Liz Rea, from the Northeast Kansas Library System, will be the stars of the June 18th free MaintainIT webinar called, “Notes on setting up wireless at your library”. This 30-minute session will cover just the basics on how you can set up wireless without being a super-techie or super-human.
Wednesday, June 18th, 1 PM (Central Time Zone)
Instructions for joining the webinar can be found HERE.
Hope to see you there!
Ever done a google search on your favorite username, or your name?
Well, it is a good way to figure out what things you have signed up for over the years. Since jumping full-on into this 2.0 thing a few years ago, I have found that there are literally dozens of things I have signed up for that I no longer use. Myspace, Mog, Utterz, Pownce, flock, speck, etc……the list goes on. I have tried a few things out and found that for the most part it only takes a couple of days to figure out if you are into what the the service or site has to offer.
My recent divorce with an online social networking site has been twitter. It only takes so many times of a site being down or not working for me to move on, and twitter was hitting about 50% on whether it was up or not. Just not reliable enough, plus I got really tired of people telling me how useful it was without ever presenting any real world examples of success.
Right now, I am putting all my chips on Facebook. I find that next to my Gmail account, Facebook really fills the needs for interaction that I have. And now that Facebook has added chat, I am pretty much set. (It should be noted that nothing will hang a browser quite like using Facebook chat.)
I am curious, what 2.0 tools have you tossed aside, and which ones are must haves?
MaintainIT, the library technology cookbook people are now available on WebJunction Kansas. From their WJ-KS location you can link to a pot full of resources to help you keep your library computers humming. Here is just a taste of the kinds of information waiting there for you.
Sharon’s posting, “Top 10 list of why my patrons will love Koha,” will introduce you to Koha, an open source cataloging product. Sharon’s previous posting, “From Sirsi to Koha,” talks about issues related to transitioning to a new catalog system. If you been hearing about “open source catalogs” and want to know more — Sharon’s postings will get you started.
Sharon is one of the guest chefs for MaintainIT’s second cookbook, “Recipes for a 5-Star Library.” Other Kansas chefs contributing to “Recipes” are Jamie Kelly, Marysville Public Library, Ken Werne, Johnson County Library and Kim Priest, Mary Cotton Library, Sabetha.
The MaintainIT Project is a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Stories from public libraries about how they support public computers and their tips and techniques are published in Cookbooks and articles, available for FREE on the project web site. MaintainIT is a project of TechSoup, (www.techsoup.org) a nonprofit with extensive experience helping other nonprofits use technology effectively.
Just one more quick note: excellent session on reference in today’s world by Joe Janes and I am now listening to Nancy Pearl. What I really like about the method of this conference is that the delivery is styled to the presenter. Nancy is conducting a conversation with us – no formal presentation but answering our questions. Joe Janes did more a straight presentation with questions woven in and taken at the end.
The variety is helping me stay engaged in what would otherwise would be a lonnng day online.
The sessions are backed up by discussion forums and the archives of the recorded sessions. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about them.
P.S. WebJunction is the sponsor for the PLA Virtual Conference. Thank you, WebJunction!