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Software and hardware tools and best practice stories relating to PC management.
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Software and hardware tools and best practice stories relating to public computer management.
  
== MaintainIT Project ==
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== MaintainIT Project of TechSoup==
  
The [http://www.maintainitproject.org MaintainIT Project] is collecting success stories from public libraries and other settings with public access computers, and spreading the word about best practices for keeping the computers hummming. In addition to the information on the project website, MaintainIT is producing a series of free guides customized for different kinds of public libraries (e.g. rural, small, suburban, urban)
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The [http://www.maintainitproject.org MaintainIT Project] interviews hundreds of librarians, staff, and tech support personnel from across the US about supporting public computers. They publish all of the great ideas they capture from libraries in guides (called [http://maintainitproject.org/cookbooks Cookbooks]) and [http://maintainitproject.org/spotlight articles] on [http://www.maintainitproject.org www.maintainitproject.org].  
  
The first free "cookbook" for rural libraries is available now, and can be downloaded at: [http://maintainitproject.org/cookbooks]  If you work in a rural library, please take a look and let the project know what you think.   
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Learn from the experiences of others so you don't have to reinvent the wheel:
  
Also, please share your thoughts and methods on any aspect of managing public access computers, including:
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'''A Cookbook for Small and Rural Libraries'''
  
* Technology planning
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Learn about locking down public computers, use a handy maintenance checklist, and more!
* Budgeting for tech support
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    * Download the [http://maintainitproject.org/files/Cookbook%20one%20rural_0108.pdf entire pdf] (381 KB)
* Using volunteers for tech support
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    * Download [http://www.maintainitproject.org/node/240 individual chapters]
* Computer security
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    * Once you've used the Cookbook, please take a moment to complete this [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=MI3SofUlYSkuC8SFwzIkdA_3d_3d anonymous survey]. Thank you.
* Wireless public computers
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* Reserving time and managing printing
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Share your best practices, so others can learn from them!! Contact the project at:  maintainit'''AT'''techsoup.org
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'''Recipes for a 5-Star Library'''
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Learn about wireless, print and time management, and laptop checkout programs!
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    * Download the [http://maintainitproject.org/files/CB2-FiveStarLibrary-022108.pdf entire pdf] (4.27 MB)
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    * Download [http://www.maintainitproject.org/node/240#CB2 individual chapters]
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    * Once you've used the Cookbook, please take a moment to complete this [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=HgVJOFdpcfr2Qnq_2fN5EwwA_3d_3d anonymous survey]. Thank you.
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'''Library Feature articles'''
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[http://maintainitproject.org/spotlight Read articles] that delve deep into the experiences of librarians and staff.
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'''Get in touch with the MaintainIT Project'''
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If you haven't yet been interviewed by the MaintainIT Project, contact them now to set up an appointment. Your experiences are valuable! Remember, what may be, "that's nothing!" to you, may be an "aha!" to someone else.
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Contact Sarah at:  maintainit '''AT''' techsoup.org
  
 
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Revision as of 15:00, 18 April 2008

Software and hardware tools and best practice stories relating to public computer management.

MaintainIT Project of TechSoup

The MaintainIT Project interviews hundreds of librarians, staff, and tech support personnel from across the US about supporting public computers. They publish all of the great ideas they capture from libraries in guides (called Cookbooks) and articles on www.maintainitproject.org.

Learn from the experiences of others so you don't have to reinvent the wheel:

A Cookbook for Small and Rural Libraries

Learn about locking down public computers, use a handy maintenance checklist, and more!

   * Download the entire pdf (381 KB)
   * Download individual chapters
   * Once you've used the Cookbook, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey. Thank you.

Recipes for a 5-Star Library

Learn about wireless, print and time management, and laptop checkout programs!

   * Download the entire pdf (4.27 MB)
   * Download individual chapters
   * Once you've used the Cookbook, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey. Thank you.

Library Feature articles

Read articles that delve deep into the experiences of librarians and staff.


Get in touch with the MaintainIT Project

If you haven't yet been interviewed by the MaintainIT Project, contact them now to set up an appointment. Your experiences are valuable! Remember, what may be, "that's nothing!" to you, may be an "aha!" to someone else. Contact Sarah at: maintainit AT techsoup.org

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