Everyone Needs a Little Break…
… and sometimes that break runs a little longer than expected. It will be good to be back among the network of library bloggers. It is time to share again!
So… alot has happened since October. Nineteen (out of 40) McCracken County Public Library staff completed Learning 2.0, following the example of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library. The prize laptop was won by Michelle Batcher, Youth Services Library Assistant, who blogged her experiences here.
The exercise truly increased staff awareness of all sorts of emerging technologies available for libraries as we work to increase our reach to customers where they are. Prolly most intrigued by the lesson was our director, Marie Liang. Her eyes and ears are open and her intent now is to make sure our staff has access to the hardware and software we need to “play” and practice what we have learned and what we must learn next.
We have a new Staff Tech Lab (that was the January project as we recarpeted and renovated the entire 2nd floor and Youth Services areas… whew) as a result and the upcoming budget proposal includes exciting stuff. Texting, Instant Messaging, along with downloadable video, books and music requires new Smart Phones and MP3 players you know…!!
Life happened too while I was taking this little break. An experiment to add a second income has proved to be beneficial and I intend to continue to develop those avenues. Let us just say that technological skills can be a lucrative as well as a service thing…!!
But the current reason for my return to blogging and wordpress is the upcoming Computers in Libraries conference this week in Arlington, VA. My cohort, Libby Childers, and I will head out Monday (we are late, we know we are horribly but hopefully fashionably late) to share in the learning experiences we excitedly anticipate.