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Survival Guide for Idaho Librarians: Technology

This guide is designed to be a quick start for an individual who suddenly is in charge of a public or school library in Idaho.

LiLI Tools - Libraries Linking Idaho Databases

LiLI Tools: Or, Hey, where did that database come from?

Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) is a statewide program bringing networked services to Idaho residents through their public, school, and academic libraries - and through LiLI.org. The database program is coordinated by staff at the Idaho Commission for Libraries with funding through the State of Idaho and additional grant-funded support through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The tools available through the LiLI Databases are collected and paid for by ICfL and available to all Idahoans through LiLI.org. Important information about LiLI Databases for you library:

  • Linking to the Databases: Libraries may choose to direct users right to LiLI.org or link to individual databases with a unique account for the library.
    • Any links should be properly branded to note they are provided by LiLI - ICfL provides instructions with multiple options for branding.
    • To set up accounts for your library, contact the vendors' technical support. Contact information is provided on the LiLI Databases Information page on the ICfL Website.
  • Promoting the Databases: A number of promotional items are available by request for Idaho libraries to Boost Database Usage. Promotional items include products provided by the vendors and products available through ICfL through the online order form.
  • Learning About the Databases: A guide addressing LiLI Database Tools for Schools is available for school library staff to learn about the databases most applicable to their needs along with resources to try them out and tutorials to learn about particular features and functionality.

Technology

Technology:  Or, What's New Today?

eBranch:  If your library has an ebranch (website) hosted by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, this link will provide valuable information on how to use and manage the site.

Blog:  Special Projects Library Action Team

Blog:  Tame the Web

Blog:  ALA Tech Source

Digital Literacy Curriculum:  Texas State Library

Training Curriculum:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/youcandoit

http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/online-tech-training-staff

Speed Tests:

http://www.speedtest.net/

https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

http://openspeedtest.com/

https://sourceforge.net/speedtest/