Technology Planning

  • Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

    Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technol...

  • Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

    Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from t...

  • You Shall Not Pass! iPad Passcode Problems and Other Insights

    Since her first article, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Sally-Adrina has heard from several librarians struggling with a common problem: iPad passcodes. At Rapid City Public Libraries, they experienced the same issue. A child or an ad...

  • Libraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books'

    The recent news about Amazon's Netflix-like service for eBooks and Kindle subscriptions has done more than raise eyebrows. At a time when we see budget crunches and misleading reports about dwindling interest in books and public libraries, an entire ...

  • iFought the iPads (and iWon)

    When Rapid City Public Libraries decided to add iPads to the Children's Area, I volunteered for the project. In the end this project took me a couple of months to tackle but the number of children using the iPads made it worth the effort. I hope by s...

  • Connecting: Interaction Design and User Experience

    The 18 minute "Connecting" documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry's thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be n...

  • 3D-Printers: a revolution headed for your library

    3D printing conjures notions of the Star Trek replicator—a computerized machine that can turn a verbal command into 3-dimensional objects, including food items. The evolution of 3D printers is advancing rapidly toward and even beyond that sci-fi visi...

  • Ensuring Broadband Access For All

    We all know that partnerships are often time-consuming, occasionally cumbersome, but sometimes bring rich rewards. The Freedom Rings Partnership, a digital inclusion initiative funded by Federal stimulus monies, is an example of a partnership that is...

  • Digital Inclusion: It Takes a Community

    The challenge to increase broadband connections and adoption is an action call to the entire nation.The whole community of the United States needs to own the challenge and understand that the nation is stronger when every citizen is digitally empower...