KLA 2012: Tech Tips Lightning Rounds

Janelle Jarboe Mercer, SWKLS | April 12, 2012

5 Minute limits

  • PicMonkey – http://www.picmonkey.com/ – Good replacement for picnik to edit photos via the Web for Free.
  • Jing – Screencasting – instructions from 23 Things – http://www.23thingskansas.org/week-12-screencasting/
  • Fix Autofill Wrong Name on Email – How to replace Royce with Kelly – Gmail fix: Mail > Contacts > Other Contacts > tap on name to fix it
  • Search Your Screen (Heather) – Edit > Find on This Page.  Ctrl+f or Command+f  – works in most Web browsers, plus in Koha – do a Barcode search on the page
  • Evernote – Web site, app and software. Creates digital notebooks (free or premium) with individual notes with attachments, tags, sound, files, links, etc. Clip parts or whole Web pages – digital archive.  Synch content on multiple devices – take a picture of the sticky note and send it to Evernote as a back up!  Blog shares ideas for how others use Evernote (recipes, research, productivity, etc.).  You can share notebooks.  If you have it on your device, it won’t synch but you can access what is already downloaded.
  • If This Then That – http://ifttt.com/ – A way to create rules for your social networking accounts.  Takes most-used Web sites and create task combinations.
  • Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/ – Visual bookmarking. Changing markets, like Wedding Planning.  pinterest/swlks or pinterest/nekls or pinterest/lybrarian  Also can pin to Koha – online book displays.
  • Travel Wallet – Free App – Set your budget and monitor on the iPad.  Scan receipts, too.
  • DropBox App – 8 branches/mini locations.  Copying documents on courier was creating problems. Use a Joint account and you get auto-synching.  Free version has 10 G of storage.  Also used to share out Board Documents (at NEKLS).
  • Logmein or Join.me or Rescueme – Remote computer viewing software.  Joinme is good for Patron computers!  See what they see – ex, Talking books patron.
  • Core Tech Competencies for Library Staff – Maribeth’s Web site! hypertechie.blogspot.com – Tutorials, PDFs, lessons, skill testing – self-paced (like 23 Things)
  • 23 Things Kansas – Still great info and lessons for all Web 2.0 programs, like screencasting
  • Apple App – Dragon Dictation – Will type it word for word what you say.  Use it to transcribe an interview or book report.  Learn how to speak to it (Kansas Twang issue)
  • WiFi Android App – Wifi Analyzer– graphic illustration of wireless in the building – Kerry Ingersoll’s
    • NetSurveyor can be used on a Laptop – to find a neighbor’s signal blow-out
    • Fake Access Point/virus of “Free Public Wifi” – Use it to help people find and remove this from their laptop
    • Use it to identify WHERE the wireless access point is physically located in a building
  • Dan’s Suggestion – How to root a nook using the SD Card:  http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/nook-color
  • WordPress.com – Free blogging software – useful to store notes!
  • iLibrarian Blog –  http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/ – Technique to organize your Web site using Card sorting and Personal Digital Archiving solutions.
  • Updates – File hippo – http://www.filehippo.com/ – Good for System Administrators

KLA 2012: Kansas EZ Library

Lianne Flax, State Library of Kansas | Kansas EZ Library | April, 12, 2012

Kansas EZ Library Web site: http://www.kslib.info/digitalbooks

Divided between Audiobooks and eBooks, written for patrons and includes tutorials and instructions…both written and video.  Notices for patrons are included, as well.  Lianne has also put information about the Beta progress, for the geeks out there interested in the testing process.

Most common question: What is my User name and Password?

OneClick Digital  – Start with registration (KSLC or supported local library card), consider downloading the Media Manager, Check out a book.  State Library Logo = Kansas EZ Library Page.  Always Available Search NOW WORKS.  Woot!  It’s on the Advanced Search page and you can limit by availability as a filter.

  • From the Beta Testing Page “Apple Mobile App Debuts-4/6/12! iPad/iPhone/iPod users, please search your App Store for “oneclickdigital” and you will find the mobile app. Please realize this is a first functional beta version of the app.”
  • Media Manager is a bit more anonymous, preferences have been simplified, and hopefully this will work better in a public computing environment.  Mac version only works with Apple devices.
  • Feedback on the download process has been improved – downloads in the background and provides visual feedback (illustration).  Also gives feedback during transfer to a device.
  • Push the upgrades.  Make sure Patrons don’t have their MP3 Player on SHUFFLE!
  • Some MP3 Players have track info, others do not.  Depends on the player.
  • Disallow the Auto Download – Add this to Tips and Tricks.
  • Updates: Company support, genre & target audience fix, expanded compatibility and an Android app (may be ready by June 1ish).
    • Look at the Compatibility list – it will “soon” be expanded
    • Vista and 7 Machines may work with older devices, now – she’ll post something about this soon
  • Mobile App is already under re-development!  Send feedback to Lianne.  Lianne gives kudos to Amber at OneClick.  Good news!
  • MARC record development issues still under consideration (from Heather).

3 M Cloud Library – Download, Log in, Checkout, read and transfer

  • Able to sort the List View – Categories = subject views.
  • Search has improved, including Advanced Search and Only Available!
  • Default order for Shelves – we can adjust.  Still being improved.
  • Downloads to device from computer QUICKLY (NookColor and Kindle Fire apps hopefully will come soon)
  • At NEKLS, we were able to download to the Fire using 3rd party software.  Dan has written instructions of this process.  (.pdf)
  • Updates: Kindle Update – no new news until June.  Computer App updates, hosting install files on the 3M site (not the State Libraries), Website rollout.  Install UPDATE.  You can clear your reading history.
  • If you have Adobe Digital editions on your computer and download 3M, it sees the Adobe ID and uses that. May encounter issues with mobile v. PC app b/c of the Adobe ID.  Be aware of the ORDER of Operations.
  • Number of Device limitations – Library issue b/c of our testing protocols.  Limited to 6 devices.  Create several testing accounts – make multiple accounts to trick a system (like hbraum+3M@nekls.org)…but don’t actually use Heather’s email 😉


  • 8422 patron accoutns, new in March. Purchase!  7714 Circ for OneClick.
  • 3M: 231 patrons and 982 Total Circ.  Daily average is 31
  • Collection size – 3,500 (or so) titles in OneClick.  1,000 in 3M

MARC Records 

  • OneClick – yes, 3M – no

What’s Next?

  • Full Training Sessions
  • Webpage Updates so we can create tutorials and enhance Digital Help
  • Help by Contributing to materials purchased.
  • Reporting errors and compatible devices.  Share with her 3M Android Compatible devices (Earl Givens, Jr. we are looking at you.)
  • Discount for OneClick Digital – 42% discount on any digital RecordedBooks titles until the end of MAY.  Search on Admin page by Publisher.
  • Wish Lists in OneClick – you can put items in the wish list that you can’t put on hold.  OneClick has patron recommendations, while 3M uses the Wish List to determine patron recommendations (similar book suggestions)
  • Email Lianne at: audiobooks@library.ks.gov or join.me/ksezlibrary (chat reference)
  • UPDATE your hardware, including the MP3 player

KLA 2012: Building Tech Confident Staff

Maribeth Turner, Central Kansas Library System | hypertechie.blogspot.com | 2 pm, Apr. 12, 2012

Note: The Online Evaluation for Conference is NOW LIVE.

I’m interested in hearing what Maribeth has to say about Core Tech Skills – this was sort of the gist of my part of the 2012 Trustee Training.  Mixed group of people with lower tech skills and tech trainers.  Core Skills came from Tech Atlas – the same PDFs that I pulled – Public Access Computing Technology Competencies and Competency Index for the Library Field.

Ultimate Goal is to be Tech Saavy Super User and Start with a Great Attitude!

Skills or Competencies to have, according to Tech Atlas:

  • Email and Calendars – manage mail, add/manage attachments, create/invite people to events and share your calendar
  • Hardware – the jargon, functions, connections – how to connect and use USB storage devices
  • Internet – Browsers that are available – and Maribeth has great instructional information for each!
  • Operating Systems – Know which OS being used (Mac v. PC v. Linux), start/reboot/file management
  • Software Applications – Understands and performs basic functions and tasks of common software programs
  • Web Tools – Web 2.0, blogs, feeds, IM, bookmarking, photo sharing, dropbox, and HOW to find support
  • Mobile Devices – Mobile v. regular computer, find apps, eBooks, synching
  • Security – Understands and practices basic security, secure passwords, identify malware/spam

Where do you Start?  
Maribeth added a Staff Tech Skills Survey to help figure out where to start the learning process!  She also has some good basic information about Common File Extensions.   Her Analog to Digital Workout plan is set to cover 14 weeks and staff can take it at their own pace.

Discussion: You can complete this as self-paced training, as lab training or even public training. It’s also good as Just in Time training.  Make the site interactive or include gaming elements?  Yes, she wants to make it more fun.  I like the idea of having a medal at the end!

What People tips do you have to make this stick or make the person ‘believe they can do it’?  Attitude, encouragement, help them practice the skill, have her teach the skill – helps with retention.  Find an older mentor or teacher to help with age-related resistance.  Another idea is to have the person write their own manual, in their hand-writing.  Adapt the training to their learning style.  Charlene says, “play the Helen card” – she’s 90 and a great way to break the ice.  Also take a SLOW speed.

Do you include LearningExpress lessons?  Not yet – but she’s open to suggestions and recommendations.

All online, so patrons could use this as well.  Include with Job skill training program, for example.

My thoughts:
I think this is a very useful site that can be put into practice at libraries of many sizes.  It’s basic and simple and that is what makes it useful!  I’d like to get Heather’s feedback on this as an online learning tool.  I’m glad she mentioned/referred to 23 Things Kansas for the Web Tools section – It’s slightly old info, but still useful.  She’s also open to suggestions for tutorials and wants this site to be “a living document” and encourages us to provide comments.  Good job, Maribeth!

KLA 2012: New Building Stories

You Finally Have a New Space, Now What Do You Do With it?

Listen to to your Gut and get your Ducks in a Row – Andover Public Library – 2008 – in an 80 acre park.  Moved from 2,500 to 15,000 sq. ft.  Carol.

Areas that Staff need to be ready for: people, building, money and governance.  How do you best accomodate folks?  How do we responsibly use the new facility? How do we remain sustainable? and What policy and procedural changes will we encounter?

Learned that…should not quit cultivating donors or ignore the City staff/Council or stop building coalitions and community involvement.  Also realized that Capital Campaign workers need additional and new important jobs – don’t insult them and let them continue their involvement.  Change the staffing structure, as well.  Team-based management, with volunteer recruiting and training program with a manual.  Formalized communication procedures with the City.  Negativity and fussiness leaked in, for example with the very-popular art space – fought that with Staff Expectations.  Open to changing and adapting the space to meet the needs of the community, but consider these changes when working with donations and naming opportunities.  Exponential growth in ALL areas need to be expected!  Pad everything, for example with utilities.  Be aware and prepared for Donor demands – have Memos of Understanding that waive space usage.  Safety and motorized wheel chairs need to be attended too – safe parking lot, safe doors, cross walks, etc.  Get FEMA money for your storm shelter!  Some donors will make demands and these need to be anticipated.  Don’t be reactive or overly impulsive – be thoughtful and jury program ideas.  Art Committee juries all art displayed in the library.

Kim Beets from Bonner Springs – Experiences AFTER getting into the building (14,000 sq ft opened in 2009):  If you build it, they will come.  Allure of the new building – revitalized the Friends Group and doubled stats.  Momentum has never stopped.  Budget didn’t quadruple with the space, nor did staff.  Utilities, lawn care issues were some of the big surprises.  Single service desk, sight lines and one floor saved them.  Know the limitations of your budget and plan the design features to work within that.  Sound It Out – how sound travels (fixed after the fact) – many hard surfaces in the library that bounce sound – added acoustic treatment into the meeting room and between staff and public area.  Energy!  Personally and electricity.  Wishes she would have done more with energy/green/sustainable solutions.  Took advantage of a local energy efficiency expert – gave suggestions like having the janitor work part of the time when the library is open.  Tighten up the programmable thermostats – zones.  Motion sensing lighting will be pursued (after the fact).  Green is Good – on 1.6 acres, so not much green space.  Hired lawn care and now the library is a park-extension.  Sprinklers, treatments, fertilizer – all expensive.  People gather at the library’s lawn now – take photos by the library, walk dogs, etc.  Donations (like statues) from the local garden commission, and trees and memorials and flowers.  Give a Tour Whenever Possible Great opportunity – tell your stories, tell your dreams and let them see the space your through eyes (including staff and Board members and City council member as guides).  Effective for planning and donors.  What they Didn’t Tell you  Building Management is taking over her life!  HVAC more and library work less.  Networking with professionals in those areas you need help with – landscaping, HVAC, building management, etc.

Sharon DuBois at Quinter on I-70 West of Hays – Jay Johnson Library.  Went with a Prairie theme in expanded building.  Community TV room – gaming and comfy furniture…and gets Jr. High boys in the library!  YA area not used, but the kids like the leather couches more!  What’s changed?  Meeting room was the KEY to the expansion, but it wasn’t used right away!  Library used it, but it took time for the community to use it.  It took one group and then word of mouth to get it started.  Must hear about it from friend of the friend – now it’s overbooked.  ESL program on Tuesday nights, afterschool programs and the custodial staff are VERY important and hard to schedule.  Wanted a comfortable and welcoming space – mission accomplished.

Q&A –

  • Staff issues, volunteers, single service desk and open space with sight lines throughout library saved them.
  • FEMA Money – Grant opportunity to get a storm shelter provided/built by the Government.  Free space for the library (with bathrooms) and some special requirements.  Investigate this – it’s changed recently.  Some use custom-build shelters, as well…if FEMA money isn’t available.
  • Green Technology – Use reputable firm!  Have an architectural consultant that is aware of Green tech (for good or ill).  Someone who knows libraries AND architects, so you have a functional building.

KLA 2012: World Domination Through Librarianship

Keynote speaker: R. David Lankes | www.DavidLankes.org for screencast and slides | Thur., Apr. 12, 2012

So, I’m sitting in the back row because I needed electricity to live-blog and charge my phone.  Guess what, a lot of the NEKLS librarians are back here with me. We are such rebel-rebels…and no, I’m not wearing my I Geek Kansas Libraries t-shirt.

Book sub-title: World Domination Through Librarianship: Why Librarians Will Take Over the World and What to Expect from Your New Overlords (That blog post has the slides, audio and vimeo screen cast of the talk for your viewing/listening/reading enjoyment.)

We are NOT a panic-prone group. Now is not the time to panic, it’s the time to PUSH FORWARD.  Communities need us to think about how we can solve their larger problems.

A common reaction to declining budgets is to ‘hunker down’ – which means we would focus on books, reading, literature.  Yes, the one word most associated with libraries is “Books” – but he doesn’t like this!  Books usually lead to other words: learning, fun, knowledge, power, information.  What does “Book” mean?  We connect concepts – word associations and the network – and most of these are positive.  We need to see how deep the associations and network is – Borders = Books, but there is a shallow association.  Even when we copied the book store model in the ’90’s, it didn’t really help or hurt.

People have DEEP associations with libraries – we need to understand the connections to see who our competition and threats are: Google, Univ. of Phoenix, Amazon, etc.  We built the building for a reason – it’s not to keep publishers in money.  We’ve been here for 3,000 years and it wasn’t to keep popular fiction.  Library of Alexandria was a university with the first building was for the muses (art, music).  The Library was a dormitory full of great thinkers.  Content is for use and improvement.

Change that is big, quick and unanticipated…built around a Network (like IBM).  IBM > Microsoft > Google – innovate one part of the whole.  Publishing is there now.  They use to be gate-keepers.  It is fraying now.  Printing  is split out, copyediting next?  What functions of publishing will change and split apart?  Libraries are also being broken down – electronic document delivery, for example.  Look at the entire network or set yourself up to be divided and conquered.  Or, we can look at Apple.  Instead of splitting, they expanded.  iEverything.

Apple’s success comes from an Integrated Outlook and understanding of Their Network.  They see someone trying to do something, not hardware!  When we look at our associations and network, what does it look like?  Are we Integrated? (ebooks, books, 3D printing, DVDs, etc.)  Try and Fail – there’s a difference between failure and making a mistake.  Failing means you tried something new and it was slightly beyond your reach – do that on a regular basis.  PLAY.  Then integrate it back in.  Having people think, create, expand … better fit to our mission?

MISSION: The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.  Mission for LIBRARIANS (us, not a building).  Our Web site, not the Library’s Web site.  Bring community together – we are in the ‘improve’ business and ‘knowledge creation’ business.  Fail if we just continue to do what we do and use new words to describe it!  Expect MORE.  Can’t do more with less – do more to get more.  Not Customers, or Consumers…but MEMBERS and PARTICIPANTS!  Users are for computer scientists and druggies.  We want a Relationship!  Enrich! Enhance! Interact!

Help Your Community Get Better.

Facilitating: Providing access OR Library as platform – a place to do more and do better.  Example: Polaris created a Community Portal – so you can catalog the community – they search materials AND organizations/people/services.  Joke: searching for vampires will get you the Red Cross 😉 MARC for books and People. Can the community enter their own information?  Why not?  Give this resource to the Community.

Academic reorganization from Tech / Public Services to Teaching / Research Services | eScience and embedded librarians in labs | Dallas Public Library embeds the community back in the library. 5th floor put in desks, whiteboards and co-working area.  Put admin staff up there in this crazy entrepreneurial environment.

Expect More:

  • Community is the Collection – focus on Connection Management – introduce folks doing the same thing?  Provide space or a librarian to help them.  We have ‘gifts of facilitations and organizations.’  We can bring IDEAS together.  We are in the idea business.  “Caretake the DREAMS of that community.”
  • Engage the Community in Conversation –
    • Shape and Be Shaped, Focus on Aspirations of the Community
    • We tend to focus on problems and problem solving.  We need to focus on transformation.  Losing your job can be a time for transformation!  Transform U program.  A Dream motivates!
    • A true conversation – the people in the conversations are both shaped by that and shape.
    • Integration – start with the dreams and find out how we can make it happen.  The power of libraries is to change people’s lives.
    • Give Respect
  • What is the Network of Meanings Around Your Library?

Take YOUR community to the World.  We have to expect more from ourselves and our community should expect more from us.  Avoid hunkering down – people need our help, they are struggling, but they also have dreams and WE can HELP them reach them.

KLA 2012: Connecting with Your Community

How to Stay Alive!  With Roxanne Belcher and Leslie Nord from Johnson County Library.  Inspired by the Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes.

Frightened?  Why? We are in the Knowledge Business, not the book business. Newspapers are also having to adapt, we can do it too.   Change from Collection to Community.  We provide SERVICES…not products.

Need to overcome tough stereotypes – need to think of us as BOLD, BRAVE and RELEVANT.  Skills for adaptation are crucial.  We overcame computers, and book stores (and Borders is gone, but we aren’t).  Research Bar out of an unused space at Marbolo college.

Community Connections – start at the City’s Web site…youth initiatives, festivals, planning initiatives, Chamber Web site to connect with local business and info about employers and job opportunities.  Explore partnerships and present at a meeting!  State Library’s resources and community statistics – Resources for Kansas link.

Community dreams – Talk with Associations, institutions or individuals.

How can we change the world?

  • Community Builders – Improve quality of live (job hunting), local business support and green solutions
  • Centers for Divers Populations – Growing immigrant populations and foreign language speakers. Also the developmentally disabled have needs that libraries can help with – job options (library coffee shop).  JOCO center provides pencils and bookmarks for the library.  Criminal justice /detention center book clubs.
  • Centers for the arts – museum passes, art contests, festivals, book clubs, local artists and authors
  • Universities – Education is expensive and libraries provide free opportunities.  Databases (learning Express and Mango languages), Digital literacy (via computer classes and searching classes), homework help and current issues.  Election-themed programming in this Election year.
  • Champions of youth – Johnson County’s 6 by 6.  Early literacy and child development through teen years. Teen advisory Boards and volunteer oops to provide work skills.  Coordinate visits to the public library by the school kids, to encourage family use.

Frontline Advocacy

  • Officials support libraries if you explain how we are helping your community – Hospital helps keep the body healthy and the Library keeps the mind healthy.
  • Skip the stats – People respond to stories and EMOTION
  • Google KLA Advocacy – great resources (go Gail!) and Advocacy University on ALA site



KLA 2012: Android in Academic Libraries

The Koha Users Group discussion was fantastic and the notes will be put up as a handout just as soon as I have a spare minute and the State Library Standards discussion was equally good – lots of useful feedback from libraries.

This will be my first ‘real session’ and I want to hear Earl talk about rooted Nooks and tablets and other gadgets.  Granted it’s for Academic, but I think it will still be interesting for the Toy Box. “Beyond Laptops” – using Tablets in Public and Academic libraries…and how to legally customize them.  And Yes, Earl is wearing sunglasses on his head.

How We Got Here:

  • Earl rooted (hacked) his device a few years ago (when it wasn’t quite legal), but Obama says that rooting is legal because it advances technology.  Used this knowledge in a classroom setting (needed 25 tablets for cheap).  UL100 Information and Literacy Technology class and couldn’t afford more laptops, so with limited funds the Dean asked if a cheap Android tablet be made usable.  Earl says…Yes – Nook Color (Android based).
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Operating systems on one Nook Color and MIUI (made in Japan to mimic iPad) on the other.
  • Worked with multiple Operating Systems: Rooted Cyanogen-Mod 7.2, testing ISC, and MIUI and Amazon Kindle Fire (already has Android operating system, so no Breaking it).  Also testing Apple iPads, but they ran out of money.
  • Uses in the Library: Notes, Viewer, access databases, wonder and browse the catalog in the stacks, polling and research, OPAC access and Database Apps (Gale, Ebsco, etc.).  Avoid paper surveys and do tablet surveys instead!  Use PollDaddy up on the device and hand it out – take the poll and enjoy the gadget (stats and anonymous).  GOOD IDEA for public surveys and customer use surveys! Free edition and premium account additions up to 200 can poll before you have to pay for it.
  • Apps:  Google Docs, Twitter, Reader, Opera Mobile, Office Suite Pro, Ad Free, ES File Explorer, YouTube, Ocean Media, Wiki Ency, Dictionary.com, Access My Library, Printer Share, BlackBoard App, Rom manager
  • xda-developers.com (with pictures and device lists) – create a bootable SD card that goes into the device and there are videos.  Find the ROM you like and add it.  Try and test various ROMS – easy = best.  Cut down to one screen from 7 and put fewer apps on the screen and take requests for new apps to be added.  FREE apps (unlike standard Nook Color and Kindle Fire, which charge for most apps).
  • Remove Adds with Ad Free and ROM Manager is essential to switch between look/feel.  Backup the device and restore through ROM Manager.
  • Able to put apps on multiple devices.
  • SNAGS: If I break it, do I have to buy it?  Some were overwhelmed by the new technology, many students were frustrated and had never used a touchscreen/smart phone, and the patrons wanted to be Taught!  S.O.F.T.: Scary, Overwhelmed, Frustrated, Teach Me!
  • Future ideas: Use the android screen for photo editing. Record stories with the microphone, USB Ports, Newer OS features and better Wi-fi support.  Earl’s 4 year old son reads and records himself on the iPad. Android isn’t there yet – supporting children programs.  The Nook Tablet has a microphone, but no camera.  Few Apps for children, 3rd party (no Google) apps. iPad leads with education apps.
  • Kindle Fire is sold the way it is, purchase everything, though.  Side load a few apps.  People refer to Fire as an ‘Amazon tablet’.  Each OS has different/new features – always changing and improving.
  • Android doesn’t work well with certain wi-fi connection types.  (University v. Library…)  Secure, but not protected EAP network.
  • Hiccups – the network, browsers – finally stay with Opera (but make it NOT remember passwords).  Tried FF and Dolphin and Ocean.  FF works with HTML5.  Safari and FF work with HTML5 at this time.
    • HTML5 will replace the need for Flash.  Android plays Flash, while iOS doesn’t. Much of the vendor provided apps require Flash!
    • Still want to explore Android versions, bluetooth accessories, wireless printing  and HTML 5.
    • People hate typing on tablets. Need a bluetooth keyboard ($36-$150).  Frustrating for women, especially, because of Nails (or so he read recently).
  • Theory from Pepperdine University Webinar for the Fit Framework by Dana Hoover and Timothy Chester:
    • What is the learning outcome?  What should the patron/student know after the class?  What are you going to DO with Them?  What programs with USE the tablet?  Storytime, scavenger hunts, virtual tours.
    • Teach – How can you use the Tablet to enhance the teaching?  Integrate the device into your style of teaching.  Tablets are NOT laptop replacements.
    • Change – Using tablets/iPads will change how you do something…so identify areas where you want to see change or need change.  Example, Storytime – integrate iPads where you record half the book (and read it back) and then have the 2n’d half read with the child (or parent).  How you maintain your device – is it charged, working, clean of fingerprints, etc.
    • Explore and TEXT – let the end user test the device.  Then decide which resource, app or device is right.
    • Implement – test, train and have practical apps
    • Assess – what worked well? What did not?  Do something with the DATA you gather!!  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Maybe a failure will lead to an unexpected success.
  • Best Practices:
    • Limit apps – too many choices are confusing. Every device should have games (and serious stuff)
    • Know your audience – who are you buying it for?
    • Training – Make sure faculty know how to use the apps!!!  Good customer service.
    • Testing – make sure it works
    • Assess – thoughtfully review the success/failure of the program
  • Other ideas:
    • Roaming Reference – on demand reference when you approach them based on struggling body language
    • Embedded librarian – Earl will ride with the football team as the travel!  Will need mobile 3G.  iPad works with Blackboard.
    • Google Voice, Google Cloud Printing (look at PrinterShare app for Air printing)
    • Text Chat, Surveys

Resources: XDA Develoeprs – forum.xda-developers.com.  Other References worth looking at as well.

  • Q&A.  Runs slower from an SD card.  Wipe/root, the device works more smoothly.  Especially true for Nook Color.
  • Do devices leave the library? Not yet, but they will allow tablets to take for 3-5 days.  Personal device, need to spend time one-on-one with it.  Modified laptop policy.  Catalog them?  Cases? Will use original packaging to check out.
  • Screen protectors – Yes.  But another student did it (jeweler)…practicum student slave labor.
  • Danger that tech moves SO FAST and hardware changes, should you invest?  iPad won’t be obsolete any time soon.  Android has a lot of different hardware and vendors, but only one Apple
  • Just use the Barnes and Noble App in the Android store to use the rooted Nook Color as an eReader…and you can use Kindle App and 3 M Cloud Library.

Very interesting program and I think Dan needs to look at these notes.  We are using the SD card to root our Nook Color.  I like Earl’s better.

Kansas Library Association Conference 2012

Featuring, Dr. R. David Lankes.  I have The Atlas of New Librarianships on my desk, waiting for a quiet afternoon I can devote to professional development reading time.  Heather has already read it, taken oodles of notes about it and created a promotional video about Dr. Lankes, the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the 2012 KLA Conference.  I am very much looking forward to it, and not just because I like to hang out with my library buddies and missed that this year (I was at MPLA).  Mickey and Royce are working very hard to organize an awesome conference and gather sponsors to help ensure we have top-notch speakers and great exhibitors.

Later this month, I get to learn from Steve Andrews how to update the Conference site (all database driven and way beyond my abilities, but I’ll give it a go).

For your viewing enjoyment: