Sweating the small stuff…

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Have you guys seen this TED talk? Ad-man Rory Sutherland discusses how modest solutions can often have a greater impact than the big expensive ideas and strategies. He emphasizes incentives for behavior change instead of trying to twist people’s arms. He also says that because people in power often have big budgets, they then deploy big budget solutions because they need to spend the money. So he wants to see a group of people with a lot of power but not that much money (oh, does that sound like some of our library budgets recently?). Very funny guy, take a look if you’ve got 12 minutes…

New resources to prepare for hurricane season

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from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

June 1 marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Is your community prepared? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added new resources to its Web page, Tools and Resources to Help Communities Prepare for Hurricane Season,to help communities prepare for and respond to hurricane events and other natural disasters. Visit AHRQ for information on more public health emergency preparedness tools and resources.

FAQ – Fax Service for Patrons

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Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.

Q:

Does your library offer faxing service to patrons? How much do you charge?

A:

  1. We charge 25 cents per page for local faxes and 50 cents per page for long distance. We do not accept faxes for the public.
  2. We offer fax service – $1 per page (sending or receiving).
  3. Our pay phone was removed, so we just decided to let people make local calls and local faxes from the same phone at the reference desk for free.
  4. We have fax service and charge 1.00 per page on outgoing and incoming. If there are 6 pages or more, starting with the 6th page we charge .50 for the rest. So if they fax 5 pgs we charge 5.00. If they fax 7 pages we charge 6.00.
  5. Over 9 years ago, we charged $1.00 to send & $.25 to receive. Ink & paper were involved in receiving. But it took staff longer to send & most of the faxes were long distance, so I justified the 1.00 toward those costs. TPLS was instrumental in getting fax machines in all the system libraries, & in the small towns the library was often the only “fax in town”. This is one of those services the library can recover costs, but not make a profit.
  6. We charge 50 cents per page regardless of local or long distance to send and receive. Very popular. We were getting so many request, we thought it would be a good service to add.
  7. We charge $2.00 per page to send a fax(we don’t charge for our cover sheet)
    and $1.00 per page to receive a fax.
  8. We charge $1 for local and $2 for long distance per page. We require a cover sheet. We do not accept faxes except by efax. We have waived the fees for hurricane victims that needed to submit paperwork. We have nearby places but not everyone likes to use them so we continue to provide this service. We have provided international long distance in the past at $5 per page as it requires more staff time and long distance fees are higher.
  9. We’ve had fax services for about 8 years now. This is a very useful service for our community, everyone loves the convenience. We are now getting our 3rd fax machine.We charge $1 per page for every page; local and long distance. We do not receive faxes for people.
  10. Yes, we do charge for faxes. The charge is $2.00 for the first page, and $1.00 thereafter.

from the ctls-l archives, circa 2008

Share Your School Library Stories

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As a part of its continuing advocacy efforts, AASL is collecting school library stories to compile into a printed piece.  They are looking for short stories (one or two small paragraphs) on the successes of school librarians relating to education, college & and career readiness, equity, effective teachers, collaboration, leadership, ELLs, and increasing school performance.

The way we were…

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Well, we have a brief respite today from the heat, but there’s no denying it’s summer here in central Texas. Since the highs are forecasted at 100 degrees this weekend, I thought we’d reminisce on colder days – here are some shots from members on that fated snowy day: February 23, 2010. Library popsicles! — I’m feeling cooler already.
Kingsland
Waco
Taylor

 

Smith-Welch in Hearne

TANG Tech Tips

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Republished from the April 2010 Newsletter:

Creating a desktop shortcut to your Apollo Catalog

You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to any page you’ve visited, including your Apollo Catalog:

  1. Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
  2. Click on the site icon next to the Location bar, i.e. where the web address (URL) is shown.
  3. While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.

New CTLS workforce website!

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TANG Tech Tips – December 2009 to March 2010

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Republished from our newsletter — here’s a December to March archive of Holly’s Tech Tips:

December 2009

Getting discounts for AVG Anti-Virus Software

OK, first off, if you are currently using AVG Free, you will need to upgrade your AVG to 9.0.  Here is the page for that.  It is a little hard to see where the free version is, but the download is at the bottom, on the left.  There is also a how-to here. But you really shouldn’t be using AVG Free for anti-virus control in your library — it is only for home use. AVG does give discounts for libraries, and here is the information for getting discounts.

I do not know how cheap AVG is going to be with discounts, so you will want to also look at TechSoup to see the prices for Symantec, etc.  For instance, a 10 user license for Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 is only $50 on TechSoup.  If your library is not already set up to receive discounts on TechSoup.org, I can help you through the registration process.

My favorite site of the month – MakeUseOf.com

I’ve discovered a really fun resource for information on all things tech:

http://www.makeuseof.com

I suggest you subscribe to this site, so you can get downloads only subscribers can access, such as the Laptop Buying Guide for 2009.  With a subscription you also get regular reminders of their articles, how-to’s, reviews, etc.  They are big proponents of open source software (such as my favorite, OpenOffice) – but remember to check that these are OK for use in your library.  Some products are only for home use (such as AVG Free.)  Two goodies from MakeUseOf:

More websites for fun and learning

January 2010

I need more memory!!!

Many of you have realized that your PCs are SLOW.  There can be many reasons for this but a common problem that is pretty easy to fix is that there is not enough memory on your PC. Upgrading the memory in your computer is the fastest way to better performance in Windows.   I’d recommend at least 1GB of RAM, but don’t bother going over 3GB if you are using 32-bit XP or Vista because Windows won’t be able to use all of it.  More about 32-bit vs 64-bit in a future Tech Tip.

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