August 29, 2015

San Antonio Libraries’ Standoff Ends In Partnership

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) and BiblioTech, the all-digital library operated by Bexar County and also located in San Antonio, have reached an agreement that will let the county reduce its payments to the city by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, instead reinvesting that cash in digital content that will be accessible to users of both library systems. The compromise marks the resolution of a funding fight that stretches back to last year, when city officials complained that the county was not footing its fair share of the bill for library services.

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits

High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Manage the Device Deluge | Professional Development

Librarians have always taught patrons how to use the tools that serve their information needs. We had to explain card catalogs, vertical files, microfilm/fiche, photocopiers, and OPACs. The fundamental difference about the tech needs of the 21st century is the ever-changing variety of personal devices that patrons use to access our services. Some libraries are lucky enough to have dedicated staff with special training to serve these patrons directly, but most of the time it’s a library generalist fielding question after question about something new every day. How do frontline staffers with self-taught or very basic knowledge of technology stay savvy about the latest and hottest gadgets? How do we train nontechnical staff to troubleshoot effectively and train our patrons to use their own gadgets?

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

What if we could reappropriate traditional paper pads to teach technology and foster creativity? It might look something like “Hack Your Notebook,” a project that adds illumination—literally—to what you write or draw with a craft called paper circuitry.

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. Using an LFPL card, trainees can access Treehouse online training programs at no cost.

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. Using an LFPL card, trainees can access Treehouse online training programs at no cost.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.