Have an Idea to Improve Access to Information in Your Community? The Knight News Challenges Wants to Fund It #knc

You invent it, they fund it. Simple as that. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is running a grant competition called the News Challenge.  The News Challenge awards up to $5 million for innovative projects that use technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information. Applicants … Continue reading Have an Idea to Improve Access to Information in Your Community? The Knight News Challenges Wants to Fund It #knc

Library Fund Raising Using Text Messages

A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a colleague at work about using mobile fundraising for the library.  It is an easy way for patrons to support the library. Send a text message donate $5 or $10 whatever.  No need to go home and get the checkbook or get online and enter … Continue reading Library Fund Raising Using Text Messages

Geek the Library

Monday OCLC kicked off their Geek the Library campaign with Iowa (my home state!) and Georgia (my current state!).  What is Geek the Library? Its  a community-based public awareness campaign.  The idea is to increase public awareness of libraries and the important role they play and the funding we so desperately need.  People can share … Continue reading Geek the Library

Technology for Tight Budgets

Times are tight, and likely to get tighter, if you're looking to save money talk with your IT department. They may have some helpful solutions. Take a look at the University of Missouri's IT department suggestions - Technology for Tight Budges. Many of these can be used by libraries and other businesses looking to save … Continue reading Technology for Tight Budgets

The Laptops are Here!

The laptops are here! I snuck in early this morning to sneak a picture of one of them.  Dont' tell Robin! 😉  Yes all 15 are red, they were on clearance from Gateway.  We also purchased an instructor laptop that is blue, it's a bit more powerful.  Even better, it came with a free digital … Continue reading The Laptops are Here!