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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Take Photos You'll Want to Show »
Photography sure is different now that $10 can buy you a 16GB memory card that can easily hold 2,400 photos. So here are...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Be a Hero. Draw a Map. »
I’m still troubled by an NPR interview I heard four months ago with Emily Veltus, a health educator who’s working with...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Seeing in 3D »
It wasn’t a Cyber Monday deal, but SWON finally bought a 3D printer. We had discussed the idea for a couple years. What...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Through Adversity »
In Ferguson, Missouri, the public library is a point of light. When schools were closed for safety yesterday, the librar...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Changing a Light Bulb »
When a blinker went out on my car a few weeks ago, I looked up the part number in my owner’s manual and went to...
Friday, November 14, 2014
Timing Matters »
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you’ll probably hear lots of turkey talk. Brine or baste? Bake or deep-fry?...
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Teams and Trials »
When you've been handed a project, you might start brainstorming ways to accomplish the project’s goal. You might start...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Whose news? Your news! »
One of the things we love about SWON events is the chance to talk to you, face to face. You share stories of what you’ve...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
A Maker Space, Unplugged »
Becky Reilly heads up Library Services at McAuley High School with paper and scissors in hand. McAuley is an all-girls,...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
E-Rate: Modernize and Terrify »
In July, the FCC published a modernization order of changes to the E-Rate program, and it paints a new focus for t...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Overdrive, or Out of Gas? »
After buying my dad a Kindle, I was describing to him how to check out library ebooks from Overdrive. Go here to find hi...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
No Goggles Required »
Here’s a brief look at upcoming Labs on SWON’s schedule. Don’t see the topic you want help with here? Tell us, don’t be...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Capes and Community Heroes »
At Monday’s Summer Reading Program workshop, people shared hero-related programs they had held in the past and pitched i...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Smart Apps For Your Smartphone »
Apple is releasing a new version of the iPhone’s operating system today, iOS8. To celebrate this (I guess?) several of...
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Performance Reviews: Don't Panic »
When performance reviews are coming up (and they always are, right?) the way to prepare for them is to pay attention, no...
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Starting Sensory Story Times »
At yesterday’s Picture Book Read-In, Tricia Twarogowski shared some of her experiences in setting up Sensory Story Times...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
It's About Literacy »
School is starting back up, and that means a return of one of the favorite questions educators hear: “When will I eve...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Website Redesign Worries »
Our website needs a redesign . That’s a scary thought. You start to imagine countless hours and dollars disappearing as...
Friday, August 15, 2014
It's Hero Time »
Next year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Heroes , and we’re already thinking about programs you might use....
Thursday, July 31, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Smart Marketing for Smart Patrons »
At last week’s Content Marketing Level-Up Lab, we discussed ways to tell people about upcoming opportunities at librarie...
Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Feel-Good Marketing »
I went to an email marketing class several years ago, put on by Constant Contact (an email marketing company). SWON had...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Plotting and Brushbotting »
In the last week I’ve gotten to lead two brushbot programs in public libraries. Brushbots, you might remember, put a coin...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Does the Shoe Fit? Assessing a Potential Maker Space for Your Library »
Should you open a maker space in your library? That’s a lousy question. It poses a solution before it even states the prob...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Staunching the Heartbleed Bug (What a Nosebleed!) »
Hopefully you’ve heard about the Heartbleed bug. It’s a problem that affected about 2/3rds of the internet’s secure server...

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