The Lost Art of Creation

While technology is helpful, it also contributes to people becoming, well, more robotic. Siri can define the word “banausic,” eliminating the need to pull out a dictionary; while Google Maps can help you navigate to the closest ramen bowl spot, eliminating the need to look at an actual map. This series looks at technology that […]

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#NoFilter: Creating Compelling Visual Content for Social Media

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The #NoFilter series has as its focus the numerous challenges that surround social media and its use in the library. In previous posts, I discussed sources for content inspiration as well as tips for content planning. This entry will concentrate on creating compelling visual content for your library’s social media. A strong visual component for […]

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The Lost Art of Creativity

The Lost Art series examines tech tools that encourage communication between libraries and its users.  The Lost Art of Conversation looked at ways that podcasts can connect with the community, as well as the technology required to create a professional podcast. This month is all about the 3-D printer, a tool that creates three dimensional […]

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Technical Debt: that escalated quickly

If you’re not familiar with the term “technical debt”, it’s an analogy coined by Ward Cunningham[1], used to relay what happens when rather than following best practices and standards we take shortcuts on technical projects to have a quick fix. Debt occurs when we take on a long-term burden in order to gain something in […]

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LITA AvramCamp, an ALA Annual Precon

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Going to ALA Annual in Chicago? Don’t miss a unique and exciting full day of engagement by attending the LITA AvramCamp, a AdaCamp-inspired event Friday June 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Northwestern University, Weiboldt Hall, Chicago, IL Discover ALA Annual Ticketed Events Register for ALA Annual events Women in technology face numerous challenges in […]

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Evaluating Databases: Prioritizing on a Shoestring

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Libraries have limited resources, and the portion afforded to electronic resources requires some savvy prioritization to meet patrons’ needs while sticking to budgets. Allocation of spending is a key issue for many libraries, and database subscriptions can cost thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars. For smaller libraries, it’s possible to spend the electronic resources […]

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To Fidget or Not To Fidget

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At a recent library event, a frantic eighth grader rushed up to me and asked if we could make an announcement because his spinner was missing. To which I said, “Your what?” It’s becoming a challenge to keep up with the latest in the world of fidgets. At the beginning of the school year, slime […]

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