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A Fascinating Exhibit

When I was visiting the exhibit hall today, I saw a KABIS Production Book Scanner in operation being sold by Ristech Digitization Solutions.  I was impressed at how quickly the image appeared on the computer after the pages were scanned. It was fascinating–and mesmerizing! Here is a brief video.

Ralph Bingham and Jomathan Amey

Crowdfunding a Library Makerspace

Gloucester Library is part of a county library system in southern New Jersey which has 5 branches serving 14 communities and serves over 100,000 people. There were almost 400,000 visits to the library last year. Its strategic plan drove crowdfunding program. The plan states that the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) libraries are part of an […]

Nancy Herther

Crowdfunding Tips and Tools

Nancy Herther, Librarian at the University of Minnesota, presented a overview of how libraries and researchers are using crowdfunding to raise funds. Crowdfunding is a new tool available to us; we are in a new era of philanthropy. Collaboration is occurring everywhere, and we are crowdsharing to develop a new sense of community. (A 12-page […]

Social Media Voice Panel

Finding Your Social Media Voice

This session was a conversation among the panelists: Kirsten Mentzer, Technology Specialist, Northern Virginia Community College, Meghan Kowalski, Head, Preservation, Catholic University of America, Alex Zealand, Web Editor and New Media Developer, Arlington Public Library, and Lennea Bower, Manager, Virtual Services, Montgomery County, MD Public Libraries. If you are trying to figure out how to […]

Analyzing Content Panel

Analyzing Collections for Decision Making

Being Lean But Not Mean: Weeding Print Collections to Improve Services Lutgarda Barnachea, Assessment Coordinator, University of Maryland Libraries, described a comprehensive analysis of library collections at the University of Maryland. The goals were to reduce the footprint of the print collection and improve services to the community. They wanted the project to go as quickly […]


Right Place; Right Time at #cildc

In her keynote talk opening the second day of the Computers in Libraries conference, author and cultural analyst Patricia Martin had the audience on their feet chanting “Right place; Right time.” It’s the perfect time to be a librarian, she assured us. Digital is changing who we are as librarians and is affecting the role […]