Technology

Automation
Related resources to automation information about library automation, including circulation/cataloging, integrated library management systems, open source solutions, retrospective conversion, and more.
E-rate for Libraries
All the E-rate information available in one spot. Help with forms, answers to questions, helpful resources Schools and e-rate
eReader Information
Getting Started, e-reader Comparisons, Loaning e-readers: Policies & Agreements; e-readers & Accessibility; e-reader handout in Word to customize

MSLN and Networkmaine

  • MSLN - The Maine School and Library Network provides internet access, email, web hosting, and other internet related services to almost 1000 schools and libraries across the state of Maine.
  • Networkmaine is a Unit of the University of Maine System providing the states Research & Education community with the access to high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity that is crucial for todays high-technology research. Funding for libraries and schools MSLN connections is provided by the federal E-rate program and the Maine Telecommunications Education Access Fund (MTEAF). See requirements and more information about library and school MSLN/Networkmaine Participation.
  • MSLN Participation Fee Update: While LD256 was passed in late June, the FY18 Budget (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) for Networkmaine was submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in March, and this budget continued to include the participation fee because LD 256 was still making its way through the legislative process. When legislation passes in Maine, unless it’s designated as an emergency bill, the legislation takes effect 90 days after the Legislature officially adjourns from their session. LD 256 was not an emergency bill, and the legislature (after they came back following the brief shutdown), did not adjourn until August 2, therefore LD 256 became law on November 2.
    The PUC is conducting a Rule Making public hearing, and is going through the steps necessary to implement needed changes for service provider fee collection. The PUC provided guidance that they expect the new rule to become effective sometime this spring — around March 2018. Once the rule is in place the PUC must give service providers 30 day notice to change the assessment and implement. The impact of LD 256 will not take effect until the FY19 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) budget year, and it is this budget that the fee being charged to libraries and schools will be eliminated.
  • Sign up for MSLN's Twitter Feed for MSLN Network Status Updates: Get notified if the internet is experiencing problems or down.
  • On-Site Support Technician for MSLN: On-Site Support Technician (former MSLN Circuit Rider) The On-Site Support Technician provides on-site assistance to resolve local technical problems. You must first contact the Help Desk at 1-888-FOR-MSLN (1-888-367-6756) or support@msln.net.
Video Conferencing
Helpful information relating to Video Conferencing, workshops and consultations. Request Desktop Video Conferencing Account

Wireless Hotspot Lending - Starting a Mobile Hotspot Lending Program - Results from an IMLS research grant entitled, At the Edges of the National Digital Platform: Rural Library Hotspot Lending Programs. More information at the grant website.

Educational Media
Educational video library & services, digital video services, tape duplication and video-production, consultation, and technical support

Resources