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Wisconsin School Libraries Split $32 Million

Wisconsin’s K-12 public school libraries will receive $32.1 million, thanks to earnings from the state's Common School Fund.  That was the word today from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  Commissioner Doug La Follette, Secretary of State, presented Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kurt Kiefer with a ceremonial check at a conference in Wisconsin Dells Monday.

NASA@ My Library

APPLY NOW! Public libraries are invited to apply to be part of the NASA@ My Library STEM education initiative. Sign in or visit the guidelines for details. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on March 22, 2017. Questions? Contact ALA’s Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org.

NASA@ My Library will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

CLIR Invites Applications for Digitizing At-Risk Audio Materials Grant

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of magnetic audio materials, as part of the pilot phase of the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitally reformatting “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value.

You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills

The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program.

Tips For New eReader and Tablet Owners

The wrapping paper has been bagged up, the dairy-free, sugar-free eggnog has been drunk, the sacrificial micro-drones have been fed to the fire, and the annoying in-laws have been suitably tranquilized.  So now is the time to get started with your new gadget. Here are a few links that can help you get set up, find and load content, manage your ebook library, and (if you want) strip the DRM.

How to Get Set Up:

21 Technology Tipping Points We Will Reach By 2030

  1. 90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018.
  2. The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the US 2021.
  3. 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022.
  4. 10% of the world’s population will be wearing clothes connected to the internet by 2022.
  5. The first 3D-printed car will be in production by 2022.
  6. The first implantable mobile phone will become commercially available in 2025.
  7. The first government will replace its census with big-data technologies by 2023.


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