If you want to offer makerspace opportunities at your library but aren't sure you can spare the space, take a look at the range of "Make It Take It Kits" that the Meridian Public Library circulates. They lend make-it kits for robots, Raspberry Pi, sensory toys for children on the autism spectrum, Arduino, and lots more.
Make It, Take It Kits highlight maker activities and Do It Yourself (DIY) type projects. Each kit will have a theme and will combine traditional library resources (books, DVDs, magazines) with online resources (websites, youtube tutorials, digital content) and physical objects. The kit should encompass the materials and information needed to learn a new skill. The first kits to be introduced in January 2014 include:
When teaching tech to patrons — like how to set up an email account or create a résumé — it isn't always the technology that's challenging; it's the teaching part. It takes skill to support successful learning.
Because one-to-one instruction can happen any time at your library (sparked by a casual conversation at a service desk or when seeing a customer struggle with a catalog workstation), you might not have time to prepare.
When your library's wireless / Wi-Fi access or Intenet connection is down, here's the information you need to troubleshoot the problem.
Note: this post is targeted to libraries in the Winnefox Library System that are on our shared network. If your library is located outside of Winnefox, you'll need to check with your local IT staff for their recommended procedures.
By the way, you might want to print out this information and keep it with your "what to do when you're down" documents, emergency procedures manual, and Winnefox Contact List (because you know... if the Internet's down at your library, you might not be able to access this post.) So to get the print-friendly version...
Staff at libraries in our system learned this spring we need to keep our Outlook mailboxes under 1 gigabite (1 GB) in size. (The amount of email stored on our Exchange server had grown enough that reducing each staffperson's mailbox quota could save backup space and improve the efficiency of our email server.)
For some staff, getting below 1 GB wasn't a problem. But others (like me) needed to pare down our mailboxes in a big way, so we set about archiving messages and saving & removing attachments to get under the 1GB mark. I'd met my goal by the deadline, but after a month passed — and more attachment-heavy emails arrived — I thought I might be close to bumping up against my limit again. I checked my Outlook's mailbox size, and sure enough — I realized I'd need to regularly monitor my mailbox size to ensure I wouldn't go over my quota.