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Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Teen Reading Challenge is back for 2015! »
Buy a wall calendar and a giant red marker so you can circle February 1st. That's when you can start reading as many books...
Friday, December 19, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Join the Mapping Crowd »
Mapping Looks Like This You can help in the fight against Ebola by drawing the maps that groups (including Doctors With...
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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