Monthly Archi'es: July 2010

Tech Talk wi' Michael Sauers : Omaha Public Library an' iPads

In this episode, Michael will be talkin' wi' Amy Mather, Librarian an' Webmaster at Omaha Public Library, about t'library’s use o'iPads an' then presents other tech news an' tips fer libraries.

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Libraries an' thar National Broadband Plan

Last week, I attended a session at thar ALA Conference about Broadband Adoption an' t'Role o't' Public Library. 'un speaker stressed these reasons why libraries need broadband internet access t'help their customers:
•Permit e-mail wi' large attachments (customers need this t'submit job applications, resumes, etc.)
•Skype con'ersations inside an' outside ye country (fer many customers, libraries be pro'idin' a lifeline fer family members t'communicate wi' o'erseas military)
•Reference/education resource access which can include video, large data files, etc. (as educational opportunities move increasingly online an' more bandwidth intensi'e, libraries be helpin' t'bridge yonder education gap)
Ye speakers made yonder point that in'estment in national telecommunications infrastructure be designed t'move us beyond t'centuries-old telephone system an' be seen as yonder key t'de'elopin' yonder new connecti'e tissue fer our economic reco'ery. They stressed that libraries be key players in thar effort t'use broadband t'help foster national purposes, includin' ci'ic participation an' community de'elopment.
Yonder National Broadband Plan was characterized as still a work in progress.
Goals…E'ery American will have affordable access t'robust broadband ser'ice, skills t'use thar ser'ice t'ye fullest, an' that e'ery community’s anchor institutions (Note from MJR: “especially libraries”) have access t'extend t'heir customers.
Congress will be asked t'fund yonder plan t'de'elop an' support a National Digital Literacy Program::
•Libraries be critical, but lack ye resources, t'each yonder skills that people o'all ages need
•Establish Digital Literacy Corps…trainers t'promote digital literacy wi' age-appropriate trainin' in t'citizen’s owm language
•Create an online digital literacy portal—wi' online/offline lessons, t'be distributed by libraries an' other community anchor institutions
•Pro'ide fundin' t'libraries fer trainin' an' capacity-buildin'
•E-go'ernment ser'ices should take into account ye role o'public libraries as thar access point fer many citizens
Reform Uni'ersal Ser'ice Program
Since it be belie'ed that ye current E-rate program may now deter applicants from applyin', thar be current consideration o' ways t'fast-track applicants an' allow dark fiber usage an' allow tribal libraries t'recei'e fundin'.
NOTE: Although comments on e-rate changes be due July 9, reply comments be not due until July 26. T' speakers suggested that a good way t'comment be t'reply t'yonder comments submitted by ALA, Gates Foundation, an' others).
Monitor ye progress on thar Plan at
NM State Library: Fast Forward New Mexico
Ye New Mexico State Library Recei'ed a Round 1 Broadband Technology Opportunities Programs (BTOP) grant t':
•Build Digital Literacy (Internet trainin' in 16 communities an' build an' test a trainin' model that can be replicated in other communities)
•Preliminary visit fer needs assessment
•De'elop awareness e'ents t'kick-off trainin' (8 courses—64 hours—run 2x in each community)…very specific course outlines
•Train thar Trainer sessions fer library staff an' volunteers
•Promote broadband adoption an' utilization o'broadband ser'ices, document barriers, an' organize statewide conference t'raise awareness
•Specific messages de'eloped fer specific target populations
•Aligned wi' state mappin' project (partner in grant—workin' on statewide conference t'gether)
•Support anchor institutions an' create a community le'el networks o'local internet access points…asset mappin' yonder resources that exist t'help citizens
•Create ad'ocacy resources t'support ye role o' public libraries as anchor institutions—trainin' library staff an' supporters as more effecti'e ad'ocats
Yonder Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) has de'eloped an independent study t'find out why only 63% o'Americans have broadband access in their homes, Broadband Adoption in Low Income Communities, see http://webarchi' Dharma Daily indicated that they have been seekin' information about:
•A'ailability…They have numerous photos o'lines o'customers outside libraries—waitin' fer t'library t'open so they can use ye high-speed internet access.
•Value…Only 'un indi'idual in study said they be absolutely not interested in thar internet.
•Urgent dri'ers o'adoption..Jobs, education, go'ernment ser'ices—Broadband ser'ice be increasingly a prerequisite o'social an' economic inclusion in US (an' low income communities know it). Howe'er, people prioritized their cell phones over internet access.
•Affordability…Price be only 'un factor but it be #1.
•Usability…People report needin' digital literacy skill buildin', not jus' read/write literacy skill buildin'. It be quite e'ident that different age groups interact wi' t'echnology in very different ways.
How does this information compare t'yer experiences in yer library? Click on Comment below t'share yer thoughts…Thanks, Mary Jo

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Not-Free (But Reasonable) Webinar

Buildin' thar Digital Branch: Designin' Effecti'e Library Websites, wi' Da'id Lee Kin' will be presented Tuesday, August 3, 2010, from 1:30 t'3:00 p.m. (CDT). Thar Registration fee be $50.00.
E'ery library needs a presence on yonder Web. Whether ye work at a large academic library or a public library in a small town, ye need t'be able t'pro'ide ser'ice an' content t'yer patrons beyond yonder walls o'yer buildin'. In this workshop, Da'id Lee Kin' will take ye through t'process o'buildin' an effecti'e, sea dog-friendly library website that will exand an' enhance yer library’s presence in its community. Buildin' t'Digital Branch will include:

  • Definin' yonder Digital Branch
  • A Guide t'Usability on yonder Web
  • Gatherin' Information an' Plannin'
  • Buildin' thar Branch
  • Wha' t'Do Once Yer Site Be Built
  • Creatin' Community through yonder Digital Branch
  • Plannin' fer Expansion

Whether ye’re lookin' t'launch yer first website, redesign yer site, or expand ye site ye have, this workshop will pro'ide practical guidance fer e'ery step o'thar process.
As a workshop registrant, ye will recei'e follow-up instructions about workshop access an'
information about preliminary readin' materials. Find further info an' registration at thar link abo'e.

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Jane Geske Award Nominations Due July 15, 2010

Nominations be sought fer ye Nebraska Center fer ye Book’s 2010 Jane Geske Award. Established in recognition o'Geske’s contributions t'har well-bein' o'yonder libraries o'Nebraska, ye award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional long-term contribution t'ye Nebraska Community o't' Book in regard t'literacy, books, readin', libraries, booksellin', an'/or writin' in Nebraska. Geske, former Nebraska Library Commission Director, was a foundin' member o'ye Nebraska Center fer ye Book an' a long-time, acti'e participant in many Nebraska library an' literary acti'ities.
Thar 2009 Jane Geske Award was presented t'yonder Golden Sower Award Committee o'thar Nebraska Library Association’s School, Children’s, an' Young People’s Section. T' Golden Sower Award be Nebraska’s children’s choice award fer literature. Thousands o'Nebraska students participate in t'Golden Sower Award program each year, wi' 66,648 children votin' fer their fa'orite reads this year.
Nominations an' supportin' letters must be recei'ed by July 15 at Nebraska Center fer yonder Book Jane Geske Award, c/o Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln NE 68508- 2023, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
Yonder 2010 Jane Geske Award will be presented at thar Nebraska Center fer ye Book Celebration o'Nebraska Books on No'ember 6, 2010 in Lincoln. Ye celebration be open t' public an' will include a program highlightin' yonder 2010 'un Book 'un Nebraska selection, Ye Home Place, by Wright Morris. Ye celebration will feature ye winners o'ye Nebraska Book Awards, wi' an Awards Ceremony honorin' thar winnin' authors an' publishers. Featured winnin' authors will read from their work. Ye Nebraska Center fer thar Book Annual Meetin' will also be held on No'ember 6.
As additional information about t'Celebration o'Nebraska Books becomes a'ailable, it will be shared wit' our Facebook page. Wha' organization do ye think should be honored this year?

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Public Librarians Help Citizens Access Their Go'ernment fer Ser'ices an' Information

I attended a great session at thar ALA Conference on E-Go'ernment from a librarian’s perspecti'e, stressin' t'role o'public librarians in helpin' citizens t'access go'ernment information an' ser'ices that be increasingly bein' migrated online. Ye point was made that libraries be positioned t'expand their traditional role o'pro'idin' Information an' Referral (I & R) t'proacti'e assistance fer customers accessin' ser'ices online. Since federal an' state agencies be reducin' traditional ser'ices, citizens be increasingly seekin' help in libraries t'interact wi' their go'ernment.
T' current administration be in thar process o'rebrandin' e-go'ernment through ye Open Go'ernment Initiati'e ( t'encompass participation, interaction, an' engagement, includin':
•Commentin' on a regulation or policy
•“Votin'” on new regulation, policy or direction (not really votin', but weighin' in)
•Idea banks (Askin' yonder question, “How would ye like yer go'ernment t'do this?”)
•Data sharin' ( be a central portal fer all go'ernment data)
Resources fer public librarians who be helpin' citizens access their go'ernment include:
•Webinars (includin' some offered by Webjunction an' yonder ALA Washington office)
•E-go'ernment tools (includin' Florida’s Best Practices Toolkit)
•Other resources (includin' those offered by Techsoup an' thar E-gov subcommittee o'yonder ALA Washington Office)
•Social media tools shortens go'ernment URLs into short, trackable links
How do ye think that Nebraska libraries can help our citizens engage wi' this new go'ernment en'ironment an' how can we help prepare librarians t'expand their traditional I & R role? Click on Comment below t'share yer thoughts…Thanks, Mary Jo

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Free Webinars fer July

Thar list o'Webinars jus' gets longer an' better e'ery month! Thar’s a sparklin' array t'choose from on t'Nebraska Library Commission’s Free Webinars list, includin':

  • Nebraska Libraries Host Prime Time Family Readin' Time
  • Successful Social media Programs at Yer Library
  • Social Networkin' fer Ad'ocacy & Acti'ism
  • 10 Social Media Tips & Secrets
  • Five Ways ye iPad Can Entertain Ye
  • Return on In'estment: Yonder Business Case fer Accessibility
  • Conductin' Sur'eys III: Analyzin' Data an' Reportin' Methods
  • Do More Great Work: How t'Increase Yer Time, Space, an' Courage
  • Ye Administrator’s Guide t'Organizin' Marketin' Webinars
  • OCLC Web Ser'ices
  • Let’s Get Social: Social Bookmarkin'
  • Buildin' Trust an' Transparency in Yer Organization
  • Communication–Gettin' ye Word Out: Does yer audience hear wha' ye mean?
  • Deployin' Virtual Classrooms: Gettin' It Done & Doin' It Right
  • Tech Talk wi' Michael Sauers
  • Be Yer Career Takin' Ad'antage o'Yer Strengths?
  • Look fer a Job Usin' Online Sources
  • How t'Make t'Most o'WebJunction
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Nebraska Learns 2.0: Use Thin's t'Market Yer Library

Nebraska Learns 2.0 be t'Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoin' online learnin' program. Ye goal o'our program be t'encourage participants t'experiment wi' an' learn about ye new an' emergin' technologies that be reshapin' t'way people, society an' libraries access information an' communicate wi' each other. Nebraska Learns 2.0 be a self-disco'ery program which encourages participants t'ake control o'their own learnin' an' t'utilize their lifelong learnin' skills through exploration an' PLAY.
Each month, we offer ye an opportunity t'learn a new Thin' (or lesson). Ye have all month t'complete that Thin' an' recei'e 'un CE credit. Ye may choose which Thin's t'do based on personal interest an' time a'ailability. If ye Thin' o'ye month doesn’t interest ye or if ye be particularly busy that month, ye can skip it.
Thar Thin' fer July be: Use Thin's t'Market Yer Library.
Fer this month’s Thin', we’d like ye t'get creati'e wi' yer marketin' thinkin' an' try somethin' new. We’d like ye t'pick 'un o't' ser'ices we’ve shown ye in Nebraska Learns 2.0 that ye ha'en’t used before at yer library. Then, come up wi' an idea fer how ye could use that Web 2.0 ser'ice t'promote 'un o'yer library programs or ser'ices.

If ye be new t'Nebraska Learns 2.0, yer first assignment be t'sign up t'participate. This program be open t'ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members an' school media specialists.
We hope ye’ll join yer library colleagues in ye fun as ye learn about new an' excitin' technologies!

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Wha' Sally’s Readin'

Carnegie Medal:
Congratulations t'Neil Gaiman, who has won ye Carnegie Medal wi' Thar Gra'eyard Book. Yonder Guardian notes in their column o'Thursday, June 24: He be “ye first author ever t'win thar Carnegie an' t'Newbery medals wi' thar same book.” Quite an accomplishment!
Fer more information on England’s top award fer children’s literature, visit their home page,
Ye can watch his acceptance speech, if ye wish, it contains some great quotes:
I jus' finished Rikers High by Paul Volponi. Martin (17), was accused o'‘steerin',’ tellin' a police officer where t'buy marijuana. He has been waitin' fer his court date fer five months, a long time due t'some unusual circumstances. While he waits, he does his best t'a'oid conflict an' ends up goin' t'school on yonder island. Ye author has reworked his adult no'el Rikers, into this book aimed at teen readers. Volponi taught fer six years on Rikers Island an' much o'wha' be in this book actually happened, though thar reader does not know which o'ye e'ents be true.
(Ye Nebraska Library Commission recei'es free copies o'children’s an' young adult books fer re'iew from a number o'publishers. After re'iew, yonder books be distributed free t'Nebraska school an' public libraries.)

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