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Virtual Participation on a Shoestring - LITA Rocks the House!

My original intention was to write about LITA's Top Technology Trends Round Table at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver (I'm on the committee) and our integration of technologies. I intended to make the session available to remote viewers and engage our in-person audience, then I went to...

Listening Pods @ DOK

Listening PodsOriginally uploaded by JenWaller There are lots of photos on flickr of the fascinating listening pods at the DOK Library Concept Center in Delft, The Netherlands, but I keep coming back to this one. It's as if the photographer, University of Washington MLIS student Jen Waller, just got up and turned back to snap a shot before walking away. This is only one of a whole set of...

RFID in the Lee Kong Chiang Reference Library, National Library, Singapore

In October 2008, I had the privilege and pleasure of presenting at the Bridging Worlds 2008 conference, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel Singapore, across the street from the National Library. A few of us took time one afternoon to tour around the library, where we wandered around the Central Lending Library and the Lee Kong Chiang Reference Library. Both were impressive and...

Video Down Under

Brisbane (AUS) City LibraryOriginally uploaded by freerangelibrarianThis photo of a patron watching a video in Queensland's Brisbane City Library was taken by Karen Schneider on her recent trip to Australia. Check out her set on flickr for great photos of the automated check-in system, the gaming area, and other fun stuff, like a floating meeting room! 

Q: What does it take to create a user-centered website?

A: Users!  My library designed and unveiled a new website for fall 2008, and one task we haven't yet attempted is gathering organized feedback through direct observation of students, while they use the site. We'll be conducting user assessments early in 2009, so I was delighted to hear Cliff Landis, Technology Librarian at Georgia's Valdosta State University talk about doing just that at...

National Gaming Day at My Public Library

Strike!Originally uploaded by cindiannSaturday was National Gaming Day, and my kids and I braved the cold, wet weather to check out the Wii games at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library. The staff report that the crowd was smaller than other weeknight gaming events, but they were no less enthusiastic! The kids were playing Wii Bowling when we first arrived; here is the group's...

Launch Pad! Gaming in the library

Launch Pad DDROriginally uploaded by Lester Public LibraryThis photo was submitted to the TechSource TechShots group pool on flickr. Head over to flickr to submit photos of innovative uses of technology in your library.

Self-Service and Innovation at Boone Co. Public Library

One of the beautiful library spaces I had the privilege of visiting this summer was the new main Boone County Public Library building in Burlington, Kentucky (map), in the northern part of the state. A big focus of the new space is to facilitate user self-sufficiency and self-service using technology: self-checkout stations are located in multiple areas of the library, listening and viewing...

TS Reader Photo

Multimedia Production Room OSU Sullivant Library Learning ÇommonsOriginally uploaded by dieverdogLearning Commons have become--pardon the expression--common in academic libraries, offering collaborative, high-tech spaces and  services from several spheres from tech help to research help. Depicted here is the Multimedia Production room in the Sullivant Library Learning Commons at Ohio...

It's the Little Things, and People, that Count

I have visited a lot of libraries this summer, looking for interesting architecture, technology, and landscaping that would make for good photos. I visited the new Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Kentucky, last weekend, and something really unexpected caught my eye--all the electrical outlets were covered with those little plastic dummies that render them harmless to toddlers. Being...

Restore, Reuse, Recycle

What materials do you recycle and reuse in your library?  Do you have an innovative use of recycled materials?  Please post your images to flickr and add to the TechShots pool or link to them in the comments below. This wall hanging was created by library staff member Shell Dunn from colored microfilm reels and duct tape and hangs in the Library Information Technology staff area in the William...