Calling all libraries ...

As a steering committee member for this valuable project, I was lucky enough to preview the first draft of the "cookbook" and I must say... It looks awesome. Not only is the material well laid out and easy to read (or skim if you're just looking for a quick answer), but it also contains a lot of really valuable stuff as well. I was especially intrigued by the technology cost efficiency charts which outlined savings that both small and large libraries could benefit from with routine maintenance schedules and re-imaging software. The best reading, of course, came from the personal stories that many library staff shared with lots of creative and valuable ideas (both large and small) among the pages.

Anyway, what I reviewed was just the first of several cookbooks and this where the rest of this posts comes in. If you haven't submitted a story or idea yet from your library, this is your opportunity:

Calling all public libraries! Share the good, the bad, and the ugly about how your library maintains public computers.

The MaintainIT Project is crafting guides—called “cookbooks”— that offer practical tips and techniques for keeping public computers available. Share your triumphs, highlights, and daily routines—what’s standard practice for you might just be an “aha!” for someone else. Your experiences will fill Cookbooks with relevant, timely, and practical information, useful for all public libraries. We’d love to spotlight YOUR library!

Please share your story so others can benefit from your experiences. Contact maintainit(at) and we’ll arrange a convenient time to speak with you.


We’re organizing informal chats during the conference, and we’d love to learn about your library. We’ll provide the refreshments, you share your experience. If you’re interested, please get in touch! maintainit(at)

Got a good idea or story share? Why not submit it and help shine a little spotlight on your library? Come on, I know you have one ... why not share :)

PS: You can send them to me too! I'd be happy to pass them along.

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