If you weren't able to attend the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference last month, or were there but missed a great-sounding presentation, you can still access presenters' handouts and resources.
Have a Gmail account? Consider adding the free GmailThis! bookmarklet to your web browser. I've been using it for a month, and I love it!
When I'm at home and find a website I'd like to use for work, I can — without leaving the webpage I'm viewing — click the GmailThis! button on my browser tollbar to send the link to my work email address. And vice versa: when I'm at work and find a resource I want to explore on my own time, I just mark the relevant text and click the GmailThis! bookmarklet to send it to my home email address.
When you click the GmailThis! bookmarklet, it creates a "mini-interface" with Gmail, and pops up a Compose Message window that's pre-populated with a link to the web page you're at, as well as any text you may have highlighted on the page (up to 1000 characters.) Enter the email address to which you want to send the message, add some text to the body of the message if you'd like, then click the send button to mail it off. (if you aren't already logged in to your Gmail account, the log in screen will display first; just log in and re-launch GmailThis!.)
Just in time for Halloween, check the "ghost cam" at The Willard Library:
The library's apparition roams in silence; we're not certain who she is.
Some say it's Louise Carpenter, daughter of the library's founder, Willard Carpenter. While Willard provided for his family upon his death, Louise was very unhappy when he left most of his estate to the new library. She sued and lost. Perhaps, some say, Louise nurses a grudge and haunts the property to this day.
Others disagree. The Grey Lady is not malevolent, as they assume Louise would be. In fact, library employees have come to see the Lady in Grey as another staff member. They know that every so often, they will see the Grey Lady.
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.