Highlights from the Field, April 2012

  • Butte Silver Bow Public Library launched its new “Technology S.O.S” program, promoting it in      newspapers, radio, television, the web, and social networking sites.
  • Flathead County Library loaned equipment to nonprofit groups, reaching 50 participants.
  • Phillips County Library held a BTOP Open House and Gadget Training with 22 participants.
  • Rosebud County Library attended a Community Collaboration workshop, which led to new partnerships and project ideas including: the Parents Teachers Students  Association, the Human Resources Department, Public Health, the Sheriff’s Department, and the City and County Planners.
  • Darby Community Public Library led an off-site HomeworkMT orientation with a 4th grade class. They passed out thumbdrives afterwards.  The library also called Missoula Public Library to compare computer programs offered on public computers, which led to them adding iTunes, Picassa and Adobe Creator.
  • The Browning Branch Library held a “Tame the Wild, Wild Web” Open House.  They promoted BTOP computers, laptops, and HomeworkMT.  One parent was especially excited as the information was in a better format for her ADD child.
  • Broadwater School and Community Library hosted a presentation from staff from Fish, Wildlife and Parks using BTOP equipment.
  • Lewis and Clark Library had 206 laptop check-outs in one month alone!  Having printing capabilities for the laptop has been a big plus.
  • Great falls Public Library uses Facebook and Twitter to promote library services, including technology workshops.
  • Glasgow City-county Library uses newspaper and radio ads to promote its Tech Nite programs.
  • Parmly Billings’s teen Librarian participated in a summer job career fair in partnership with Montana Job Service.  She brought books on resumes, career information and pamphlets about HomeworkMT an online tool which includes resume help.  160 teenagers attended the event which was held at the MSU-Billings College of Technology.  Each month, the Assistant Director tapes “The Library Show”, a 1/2 hour interview show about Library activities that airs on Community 7, the Billings local community TV channel.  The show airs twice a week.
  • Sidney-Richland County Library used Facebook and the web to advertise a Demo Day & E-reader Petting Zoo in April.
  • Lincoln County Public Library partnered with Kootenai Job Services. Clients used the library’s computers for their emergency unemployment program.
  • Chouteau County Library held an open house during National Library Week.
  • Livingston-Park County Public Library had 82 laptop users in one month alone! They also held an open house, which included a technology petting zoo provided by Lauren McMullen. One commissioner attended the event.
  • Quote from Laurel Public Library patron: “I am so grateful to have the library to come to when I need help with computer training or troubleshooting.”
  • Bozeman Public Library’s new scanner has been used 18 times in less than one month. They are also promoting the availability of laptops with signs throughout the library; they had 270 laptop checkouts in one month alone!

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