Thursday, June 29, 2006

Upcoming training

Representatives of the regional systems and the state library are invited to attend a day of technology training!

Friday, July 28th
At NCKLS in Manhattan, Kansas


Friday, August 4th
At SCKLS in South Hutchinson, Kansas


9:00 - 12:00 p.m. Kansas Libraries on the Web hands-on training
Kansas Libraries on the Web is a statewide project designed to help libraries create and maintain an attractive and up-to-date web presence.

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. WebJunction Tech Atlas hands-on training
Kansas will officially become a WebJunction community partner state on July 18th. Learn more about this resource and the tools it includes.

To register, please email Brenda Hough, Northeast Kansas Library System, In the body of your message, please indicate which date you will attend the training. Also indicate whether you will be attending the morning KLOW session, the afternoon WebJunction session, or both.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

learning is fun

If you want to know more about TechAtlas (the FREE online technology planning tool from WebJunction), there is now an online course (also free!).

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

6-6-06 Meeting

Statewide Tech. Consultant’s Mtg
June 6, 2005
10:00 AM (via an annoyingly temperamental OPAL)

Brenda (NEKLS), Charlene (SWKLS), Dave (NWKLS), Jeff (KS State Lib), Richard (NCKLS), Rhonda (KS State Lib), Sharon (SCKLS), Steve (CKLS)

Headsets/Webcams for OPAL and Marratech etc
Richard – they bought headsets Audio 50 Mono PC headset $12-15?
Charlene – they got a grant and bought headsets and webcams Logitech Fusion $80
Rhonda – state library got Logitech Extreme PC Gaming headsets
Dave – NWKLS got them, too – had some Dell driver issues, but were able to get those worked out
Steve – they bought 70 of them from Computer Geeks for about $11
SC and NE haven’t purchased any for members

Gates Machines
Cent Guard
--Must unlock Cent Guard then log-in to exec to make changes that stick

-- may have to change jumper from cable select to master before the DVD drive is recognized

-- using service pack 2 from disk rather than download

-- multi language options can cause headache during upgrade

-- computer warranties end soon! Varies from july – October

-- printers are out of warranty – replacing the jet direct card can be cost – prohibitive – can use parallel cable to connect and go through one computer – or get an external jet direct for $60-90?? has refurbished jet direct cards for around $100-125 –

How much longer will the gates computers last?
May be able to get a couple more years out of them??

Overdrive on Gates – need to remove profile restrictions and then go into each profile and enter the path – also media player updates
Rhonda is working on instructions for burning to CD – will send via email
(some of the titles don’t allow)

Microsoft’s Shared Computer Toolkit
Anyone used?
Mixed results

Some prefer DeepFreeze – new version of DeepFreeze allows you to set it up to unlock itself and do updates automatically at night – just need to get library to leave the computer powered on that night ;)

Ohio Tech Conference
Lucky Charlene is going! She is meeting with them to find out more info about the planning so that we can plan something equally wonderful here in KS

OCLC transfer of records into the KLC
Jeff talked about the cost of having OCLC transfer records into the KLC (accounts for 2/3 – 3/4 of the titles that are in the KLC) – OCLC’s request is for a quarter of a million dollars – it will continue to happen, but looking at .. what are other options?