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 must only follow three rules: Use digital, open-source technology (so … Continue reading Have an Idea to Improve Access to Information in Your Community? The Knight News Challenges Wants to Fund It #knc

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 what they are passionate about using geek as a verb … Continue reading Geek the Library

Technology for Tight Budgets

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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 funds.

  • Investigate the Technologies Available to Stretch Your Budget
  • MeetingPlace Audio/Web Conferencing
  • SharePoint Online Collaboration Tools
  • IT Training — In the Classroom and Online
  • Captivate e-Learning Authoring Tools
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
  • Go Green, IT! Power Down and Virtualize
  • Server Virtualization
  • Videoconferencing
  • TelePresence
  • Smartphone Technologies

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