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Saturday, November 18, 2006

LIS 753 Post 3

I read an interesting article called “Big Tech for Every Library” by Sarah Houghton. She discussed how an organization called EngagedPatrons.org is helping small libraries that cannot afford high tech services. (The creator of this organization is Glenn Peterson who is a former librarian.) This organization provides free web page enhancements to libraries in the United States that have an annual income of less than $1 million. Larger libraries can receive some of the services for free but the other services they can receive at a reduced rate. The organization provides five services: event calendars, blogs, contact forms, RSS Feeds, and custom databases.

I thought it was nice that the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” is getting smaller. It is good that finally the patrons in the low income communities will receive updated technology services. I think the nice thing about this organization is that they set up the program for you. Also the services they are adding to your website will look just like your library’s website. It will not be confusing then to the patrons. I think it is great that 50 libraries have signed up for this program since April of 2006. It is encouraging to see that libraries are talking advantage of this service and not wasting it.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Lindsay said…

    I think that your right. Libraries should provide social networking sites to their patrons to stay abreadth of the technological changes that are occuring around them. Also libraries should educate their patrons who don't have much experience using sites like Myspace because it not only provides a needed service in many communities but educates them of the dangers of using sites like these. As you said in your blog, their information or comments could be hacked or even subpoenaed, so its important that libraries are aware and make the communities they serve aware of internet 'pitfalls'.

     
  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger Michelle said…

    Wow! What a great idea for those who aren't able to get more technologically advanced services. Great find!

     

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