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Minnesota Library Association Presentation 2010


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Here is a preview of what I will be presenting at MLA this year. It is a valuble resource to libraries trying to find new technologies to solve problems.

Here is a preview of what I will be presenting at MLA this year. It is a valuble resource to libraries trying to find new technologies to solve problems.

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  • 1. Distance Tech Tools for Your Average Patron: Ten Ways to Make Technology Viable, Marketable, and Cost-Effective in Reaching Distance Patrons
    Warning: This presentation will involve helping your library succeed in a web 2.0 environment and also will require…audience participation, viewer discretion advised
  • 2. The Flip Intro
  • 3. What About the User?
    • Usability is more important than display
    • 4. Tools are only tools
    • 5. Make it simple
    • 6. How the user thinks and how tech can help
    • 7. What do you want to get out of it
    • 8. While I have your attention, you can find more updates and contribute at The Wiki AKA
  • So What Do Users Want?
    Lets talk about them
  • 9. Recommended Reading
    Don’t make me think! : a common sense approach to Web usability
    Interactive information retrieval in digital environnements
    Learning web design : a beginner's guide to (X)HTML, style sheets and web graphics
    Follow the links! Brush up on the user and the libraries toolbox
  • 10. Down to Business: Ten Rules
    Widgets make sense, use them!
    Find the need, then bring the technology some sample freebies are included
    If you know a better way, post it, share it, blog it
    Having a YouTube presence is better than a web presence! Video tours!
    No worries about reinventing the wheel, it still works!
    User behavior should dictate tech
    Don’t abuse Facebook and sites like it, use them
    Use new tech if it’s free
    Wikis work if you work them
    Screencast your message, the web is about multimedia they tell me
    Interface design does not mean glitter, web site audit time
  • 11. Wikis, Widgets and Websites, Oh my!
    Get the patrons involved
    Dynamic Collection development
    Content control over what your patrons need!
    Get it
    Don’t be nervous
    Make a list of frequent questions over the phone
    Give the patrons the visual idea
    Wikis First: How to user them
  • 12. Movies and TinyChat: Communication through the Web Using Power Tools
    The Flip
    Make movies about the library
    Need a new building? Videos are worth a million words.
    Video newsletters (Digitize and make it happen on YouTube)
    Tiny chat
    Why not Meebo?
    The power of voice and video
    Any operating system philosophy
    User needs getting met
  • 13. Websites: How to build them for next to free!
    Free software I use in lie of adobe
    Notepadd ++
    How to learn?
    THE best starting place is at the W3C schools
    All software mentioned will RUN ON A FLASH DRIVE! 
  • 14. Librarything for Dynamic Collection Development
    How to use it
    Get your patrons involved from a distance
    Making people OWN the collection
    Books suggestions make the libraries services better
  • 15. JING
  • 16. Need’s analysis
    • What do your patrons need the most?
    • 17. What software tools do the job?
    • 18. How can you provide them at a reasonable cost?
    • 19. What level of support does the library wish to give patrons on local machines? What license agreements are you willing to enter?
    How to build With Tools Towards User Needs
  • 20. The Power of Portable
    Empower users with portable apps
    Flash drives at the library?
    What about the not so tech savvy? Assume everyone is not so tech savvy
    Guide them through it, you can do it
    Find out more at
    Logo Subject to trademark
  • 21. The Library as a Digital Community Hub
    Issuu and publishing events!
    Video and publishing events! Just get them in the library and using it
    How to make patrons feel good about using technology.
    Making the library come to life, the power of dynamic content!
  • 22. Analyzing Software Licensing Agreements
    Difference between open source and GPL at your library
    When to license, know what to license
    What software do you need?
    I took the IP law class so you don’t have to
    An analysis of the Firefox license agreement.
  • 23. Goals of implementing your tech program?
    Who are your target users?
    What do they need?
    How can these tools provide for those needs?
    Thank you for the conversation !
    New ideas come through sharing! Please update the wiki with your thoughts and comments at