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RFID – The Sometimes Silly Things No One Tells You

We’re not going to tell you that choosing RFID for your library is a bad idea because it’s definitely not! But we are going to say, go into this experience with a good sense of humor because you may need it! In fact, it’s how your staff work through these quirks that crop up during the conversion process that will tell you volumes about the staff you have in your library.

Shiny Books – Who would have thought that the eye-catching covers that glisten in the light would be a problem? The metallic bits of color interfere with the radio signals. However, with some experimentation…Read the rest at Public Libraries Online

by Melanie A. Lyttle and Shawn D. Walsh
April 1, 2014
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Laws for Using Photos You Take at Your Library
By Bryan Carson

Over the past 2 decades, there has been a substantial increase in the number of programs that libraries sponsor. It seems natural to document events by taking photographs. Pictures can be a powerful way of justifying a programming budget and can also be useful in attracting people to future lectures and programs. However, there are a few legal issues relating to photography that librarians need to be aware of, particularly the rights of privacy and publicity. In some situations, using a photograph of an identifiable person could be a one-way ticket to a lawsuit.

There are many uses of photographs that require signed consent forms. Whether you need permission to utilize photographs you take at library events depends on how they will be used and if the people in the pictures can be identified. If the picture contains identifiable people, you must always ask permission before using it for marketing or promotion….

Read Bryan Carson’s entire article at Information Today

Posted April 10, 2014

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Life After Desk: Implementing the New Service Models

  • Are you wondering how a new service model might work in your library?
  • Do you wish you had more information about what it really takes to transition to these new approaches?
  • Are you in the middle of implementation and looking for practical tips and suggestions from other libraries?
  • Or are you just curious about how library work is changing?

We’ve all heard how progressive libraries are experimenting with new ways to deliver service. Recent years have brought news of shrinking circ desks, roving reference, virtual branches, after-hours lockers, unattended kiosks, information neighborhoods, zone staffing, embedded librarians, and other service innovations.

In this timely webinar, library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams brings you up to date on how new service models are performing in a variety of settings. She’ll share lessons learned about how to succeed with these new techniques, including practical advice for:

  • Training and redeploying staff,
  • Revising job descriptions,
  • Rearranging library spaces,
  • Rethinking library collections,
  • Introducing the new model to your community, and
  • Measuring success and productivity.

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels looking to increase their understanding of what’s working well, what still needs tweaking, and what just might be coming our way in the future.

Posted April 3, 2014
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Net Neutrality

Susan Crawford, a Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law professor and author of the recent book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age (January 2013), is a leading telecommunications policy expert and Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School. She has served as President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and is a columnist for Bloomberg View.

Net Neutrality Decision  Listen to a discussion on Net Neutrality between Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn and Susan Crawford which aired on Wednesday 01/22/2014 – 1:00pm

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Tinkers, Printers & Makers, A Makerspace in the Library

Series: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers, Nebraska Library Commission

Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? Libraries are a much needed and often-used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. This recorded online session includes:

  • what a Makerspace is
  • how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community
  • and feedback from users
  • gadgets including Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox
  • hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library
  • what products should be found in successful Makerspaces
  • sharing of a successful grant written for a 3D printer
Presenters: Marcia Dority Baker, University of Nebraska College of Law Library, Lincoln; Michael Sauers, Nebraska Library Commission; Gordon Wyant, Bellevue Public Library.
Source: For more information, to register for upcoming NCompass Live events, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live Webpage. October 30, 2013


SWLS is sponsoring this Makerspace Workshop with presenter Shannon Crawford Barniskis
on Friday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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The Future of Libraries (American Libraries Live)

January 9 (12-1 pm)

We’re excited the announce the January episode of AL Live, The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision? We’re thrilled to have Innovative Interfaces as a sponsor for this episode. David Lee King will lead our expert panel in an open discussion on the challenges and changes we’ll see in our libraries in the near and distant future.

You can register for this episode, which takes place on Thursday, January 9th from 2-3pm Eastern at Pre-registration is not required to attend. You can also attend by simply going to at the time of the event.


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Making Technology Training a Priority—And a Job Requirement

One librarian’s tale of patience, planning, and persistence and the challenges in training the entire staff of a small library and requiring them to keep their knowledge current.

edge logoKeeping up with constantly changing technology has got to be one of the most difficult parts of library work today. Getting staff members up to speed and keeping them there requires time, attention, planning, money, and training. All of that is even more difficult when it’s piled on top of the everyday work of making a library run. So, how do you find time for the “extra” work on top of the “real” work? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you make the technology training a required part of the “real” work and support it with bite-sized training that fits into staffers’ schedules.

A case study about Edge Benchmark 8: Library has sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goalsRead the full article.

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Introducing: Your Guide to Getting Started with Broadband

PSCLogoCroppedThis is your chance to explore how you can use the wide range of tools to develop community broadband options, including the PSC’s new Broadband Reference Guide

  • Walk through the different technologies and terms related to broadband
  • Identify strategies to get broadband into your community
  • Learn more about the custom Wisconsin-based resources available for your community

Read more about this interactive webinar coming up on November 19, 1-2:30PM.

RSVP to reserve your spot today!

Name: Public Service Commission Webinar: Tools for Broadband
Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Reservation Time: 1:00 PM—2:30 PM


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