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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Stress Management in the Library Workplace

Yesterday I attended a MaintainIT webinar – Using MaintainIT Resources for Technology Training, where they shared some useful information and links.  One of the sites was Infopeople, a nonprofit that archives their presentations and handouts and makes them available under a Creative Commons license! As I was exploring I came across materials for a previous workshop – Stress Management in the Library Workplace.  There are … Continue reading Stress Management in the Library Workplace

Libraries looking to save money? Consider telecommuting!

Talking about the blurred line between home and work when I was writing about Twitter started me thinking about telecommuting.  Writing about the recession and it affects on libraries got me thinking about telecommuting.  Let’s talk about telecommuting, it seems to be something libraries have been slow to embrace.  Yes, I know the old standard that we sit at the reference desk all day and … Continue reading Libraries looking to save money? Consider telecommuting!

Library Usage Will Go Up During a Recession – Management Are You Really Prepared?

I’ve seen many news articles and video lately about usage of libraries increasing during a recession. I’ve personally noticed my library seems busier.  While many have celebrated the increase of use and the public attention we so rightly deserve, we also need to consider the down side.  Our funding might be cut, the public is less likely to approve bonds or tax levies to increase … Continue reading Library Usage Will Go Up During a Recession – Management Are You Really Prepared?