Doing research on wikipedia can raise a lot of questions about validity of information. To address these and other concerns, the wiki folks have recently posted this FAQ for libraries and librarians. The FAQ answers a range of questions, from ‘what is wikipedia?’ to ‘how can I be a wikipedia editor.’
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:
- Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
- Click on the site icon next to the Location bar, i.e. where the web address (URL) is shown.
- 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!
Republished from our newsletter — here’s a December to March archive of Holly’s Tech Tips:
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:
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
- Deepfreeze manual – in case you don’t have a copy
- Fun, short videos done by teachers and librarians, that you can download freely
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.
Need funding? All of us wish there was a 1-stop shop for library grants, but, alas, there’s not. Instead, there are these – and other – web resources to help you through the grant seeking process. Happy hunting.
Library Grants – Blog from authors of Library Grants
From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America– report data to support your grant efforts
Public Library Association Blog – keep up with public library grant news
Grants Page – CTLS website
Grants for Librarians – a nice list of grants our friends at Scholastic Books
The Marble Falls Public Library recently asked me to talk to them about collection development for children – especially what I learned at the April 24, 2010 state library workshop on the same topic. To get ready, I asked our members how they managed their own children’s collection.
You guys never fail to impress me. We got almost 50 responses, with over half coming from small libraries. What are your colleagues’ best ideas for keeping up with what to buy for kids? The answers can be found in the CTLS Best Children’s Selection Resources 2010.
New info has been posted to the Senior Spaces wiki after the Senior Spaces Conference held last Tuesday. The wiki contains content since 2007 on “senior spaces” beginning with the first space, which opened at the Old Bridge (NJ) Public Library. If your library is thinking of developing a senior space, this wiki is a great resource to use as part of your planning, design and implimentation process. If you have completed a space in your library geared for the generations of older adults let them know. Contact Allan Kleiman at: kleiman<at>aol<dot>com for more information and details. And be on the lookout next year for a new book entitled: “Senior Spaces: A Step-by-Step Guide”.
This video is about social media and its return on investment for your business. As in, if you’re not doing it, you might not be around in 5 years. Now, this is a little “the sky is falling” in my opinion, but if you’re looking for statistics to take to city council to explain why you need that extra bandwidth for the public access computers, or why your library should have a Facebook account, enjoy!
Even though Mike is not with CTLS any more, his legacy lives on — here’s an archive of the Tang Tech Tips 2006-2009 (most are Mike’s, but some are Holly’s as well!).
from Karen Ellis:
The Sisters in Crime continue to take library photos for their “We Love Libraries” monthly drawing for $1,000.00. Rules are pretty simple—just have at least 2 staff members pose with three mystery books written by Sisters in Crime members. Then you submit your photo through their online entry form. Easy stuff. You only need to submit one picture and it is in the drawing monthly. This random drawing is on the last business day of each month. This runs through December 2010. Not too late to enter. I’ve attached our library’s photo. Even though the drawings are random, we cannot miss the opportunity to have some fun. Posed are Ruth Teggeman, Veronica Ochoa and Lakay Williams. Sally Diaz played dead under the sheet.