**SAVE THE DATE!**
The New Hampshire Library Association will offer a day-long Digital Summit and spring membership meeting on Friday June 1st at Hooksett Public Library. With many more questions than answers about digital media and how libraries can respond effectively, this summit hopes to provide the latest information on digital content as it relates to libraries and new ideas about how to integrate digital media into your library resources and services.
Panels and speakers include:
- Speaker from ALA highlighting the latest news from publishers and vendors of digital media
- Cheryl Abdullah, director of the Dover Town Library (MA) – a finalist for Library Journal’s 2012 Best Small Library in America (“Small” in national standards is under 10,000 population; Dover has a population of 6,000)
- Breakout sessions at lunch including OverDrive Advantage subscribers; eReader lending; NHDB leadership discussion; staff training ideas; and “I don’t want to talk about digital anything at lunch”
- Panel discussion: How to Justify Digital Content in your Budget
- Panel discussion: Beyond Downloadable Books
The membership meeting is extremely important this spring. We plan to officially add two sections (YALS and IT), re-ratify our membership dues per our by-laws, and adopt a few by-laws revisions due to changes that have occurred since the last revision in 2006.
The cost to attend the day is FREE if you are an NHLA member and bring your own lunch. There will be a $10 fee for lunch, payable upon registration, if you so choose. Anyone with dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch. If you are not a member of NHLA and wish to attend, you can become a member when registering. REGISTRATION FOR THIS SUMMIT IS REQUIRED EVEN IF ONLY ATTENDING THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING. This is to ensure we have a quorum of NHLA members.
Registration forms will go out on March 30th, with a deadline of May 18th. Mark your calendars for an information –packed day with your colleagues!
The next NHLA-ITS quarterly drop-in meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th, at 10am at the Hooksett Public Library. In addition to our general conversation of tech topics, we’ll be hearing from Mark Glisson (of the Hooksett Public Library) who will give a brief presentation about how Hooksett has embedded a YouTube video into their website and how they use Google Docs for web-based forms. All NHLA members are invited.
The next NHLA-ITS quarterly drop-in meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 24th at 10am at the Hooksett Public Library. In addition to our general conversation of tech topics, we’ll be hearing from Mark Glisson (of the Hooksett Public Library) who will give a brief presentation about how Hooksett has embedded a YouTube video into their website and how they use Google Docs for web-based forms.
Also, please start thinking about if you would like to nominate yourself or another NHLA-ITS member for President of the section for the coming year (May 2009 – April 2010). I don’t yet know what the
deadline will be for sending in nominations, but I will let you know as soon as I figure it out.
This is a reminder about tomorrow’s NHLA-ITS quarterly drop-in meeting at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. The meeting begins at 10am, and everyone is welcome. In addition to discussing general IT topics of interest and concern, we will also be given a presentation by the Howe Library staff on their new website and the content management system upon which it is based. We’ll also get a chance to take a look at the three new Kindles they have made available to be checked out by their patrons.Kindle
For directions to the Howe Library, visit their snazzy new website, http://www.thehowe.org. Library Director Mary White, an ITS member, will be our host. RSVP by phone, 603-643-4120, or email, mary.h.white at thehowe.org.
p.s. If you arrive early, the library may not yet be open. Mary suggests either waiting for them to open, or try the rear entrance.
The NHLA Facebook group is now an open group, so y’all can join without needing to be approved by the group’s administrator, me. I’ve created an "event" for our Facebook group for the upcoming annual business meeting, and I’ve sent out invites to members of our Facebook group as well as a number of others. I wonder if there may be other NHLA events where member’s would like to use this feature of Facebook to keep track of who is coming and who isn’t. Just a thought. Does anyone know of and/or use other free online event invitation and registration services? If so, please leave a comment.
For those of you who are Facebook fans, NHLA now is a "group" in Facebook that you can join. Just send me an email from within Facebook (search for Steve Butzel) or send me an email at work, skbutzel at lib.cityofportsmouth.com, and I will welcome you into the fold! If you have any creative ideas for how we might utilize Facebook, please leave a comment on this post and/or leave a note on our Facebook wall. Also, if you are not a Facebook member, why not give it a try. It’s free, and it is one of the most commonly used social networking sites on the web. It’s also a lot of fun!
The next NHLA-ITS quarterly drop-in meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct.28th at 10am at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. In addition to discussing general IT topics of interest and concern, we will also be given a presentation by the Howe Library staff about their new website and the content management system upon which it is based. We’ll also get a chance to take a look at the three new Kindles they have made available to be checked out by their patrons.
For directions to the Howe Library, visit their snazzy new website, http://www.thehowe.org. Library Director Mary White and their technology coordinator Pamela Smith, both members of ITS, will be our hosts.
The entire NHLA website is now searchable from the home page. Look for the Google Custom Search form on the right hand side, just below the form for searching the blog. I know that’s a bit confusing, so let me spell it out. If you want to limit your search to blog entries, use the top search box. If you want your search to include blog entries and all other pages within the nhlibraries.org domain, including the CHILIS, READS, READS-TO-GO, URBANS and NHLA websites, use the Google Custom Search form.
If you’re interested in adding a Google Custom Search form to your library’s website, join the Information Technology Section (by sending me an email stating you want to do so, skbutzel at lib.cityofportrsmouth.com) and members of ITS will help you through the process. Remember, joining ITS is completely free. There is no membership fee.
You may not know it, but some NHLA sections have created Google Groups for communicating within their section. Here are links to the Google Groups for the Information Technology Section and the Academics Section.
CHILIS has its own listserv, which you can access via their website, or here: http://maillist2.nh.gov/mailman/listinfo/chilis-l . CHILIS also has an online newsletter named Red Hot CHILIS News which you can also access via an RSS feed. Very cool.
Speaking of communication, another way to communicate with NHLA members is by leaving comments on blog entries. Recently, there was a technical glitch with our blogging software, and submitted comments weren’t getting regularly reviewed and posted, but that’s been fixed, and comments should be reviewed fairly quickly now. (In fact, if you submitted a comment in the last few months, it’s been published earlier today.)
What follows was my attempt to capture the content of the southern NH roundtable discussion on open source software, held at the Manchester City Library. I may add more to these notes in the future, but at least you’ll have a little idea of what was discussed. Thanks to Lichen for facilitating this roundtable in Manchester and to Bobbi who facilitated the north country discussion.
- WordPress plugin, download it into plugins directory and enable.
- Acts as a blog-like interface for content from the ILS.
- Availability info for library materials is available for a library using III (Innovative Interfaces ILS), see Plymouth State implementation.
- Using WordPress dashboard to access the needed plugin
- Example implementation at Tamworth Library, http://tamworthlibrary.org/
- Book discussion via comments on the blog
- Videoconferenced with Bobbi Slossar at the "North Country" open source roundtable discussion using Skype. Skype is free.
- Open source operating system, GUI implementation for Linux
- Free accounts
- From one interface, you can instant message with colleagues who may have different IM clients, for example Yahoo IM, Google Chat, AOL Instant Messaging, and more.
- Meebo rooms: create a private or public IM room for committee work or chatting with librarians elsewhere in the building
- IM widgets on library web pages, allows instant messaging directly from a webpage.
- Online photo sharing
- Flickr badge to put on one’s website, example, Manchester City Library home page
- Microblogging tool, limited number of characters in a post
- Create a Twitter account for your library, include stuff that doesn’t really merit a blog post, but might be fun to make available nevertheless. Little tips, etc.
- Install a Twitter badge on the library website.
- Collect bookmarks online and have access to them from anywhere
- New Firefox extension provides your deliciious bookmarks in a convenient sidebar along with numerous sorting options
Joomla & Drupal
- Both are open source content management systems that enable you and multiple staff to update content without needing to go through a webmaster.
- NHLA-ITS is in the process of building a website for the Richards Free Library using Joomla.