Tech Centers are Coming to a Library Near You!

My latest article for Public Libraries Online: Public libraries will not be removing their books from their spaces to accommodate for technology, but we are instead seeing an increase in community partnerships, maker spaces/labs, and public interest for technology programs and technology help. And the Do Space in Omaha, Nebraska, is another aspect of what is a part of the future for libraries.

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From Bookmobile to Techmobile

My latest article on Public Libraries Online: Tech mobiles are popping up in big cities as well as small, narrowing the digital divide for underserved communities. These tech mobiles offer a variety of resources including classes, Wi-Fi access, computers for the homeless to apply for jobs, opportunities for youth to mess around with technology, as well the ability for patrons to borrow Wi-Fi hotspots to take home. As the advent of technology becomes more and more a regular part of our lives and a requirement for schools, it’s imperative to provide the same opportunities for everyone in order to be able to become modern twenty-first century learners and professionals.

Spotlighting Self-Published Authors – the Challenge to Libraries

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2015/08/spotlighting-self-published-authors-the-challenge-to-libraries/

Check out my latest article on Public Libraries Online!

The gist: The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project™ shows that public libraries have an influence on what their patrons read. Public libraries in other states can replicate their own self-published author rewards program, thereby staying current with their patrons and highlighting the self-publishing industry, which has exploded in recent years.

What a Librarian Looks Like

What a Librarian Looks Like is a Huffington Post article that showcases the chic styles of librarians at the Los Angeles Public Library. These kinds of articles are great for reflecting on the relevancy of public libraries because they are working to take away the stereotype that librarians are frumpy and boring. Not only are we fairly stylish as a profession, but we are also on top of new and existing technologies and focus on making the public library a community space that can serve everyone. We are not your grandma’s librarians!