• Nebraska Learns 2.0: 2013′s Best Tech Tools and ‘United Breaks Guitars’

    by  • January 2, 2014 • Books, Tech • 0 Comments

    Nebraska Learns 2.0The Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing for January is ‘The Best Tech Tools of 2013

    For this month’s Thing, we’d like you to tell us what you think was the Best Tech Tool or Service of 2013. The ‘experts’ have had their say, now it’s your turn.

    Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

    The BookThing for January is: United Breaks Guitars by Dave Carroll.

    Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

    Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

    If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate at: http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/sign-up-2/. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

    We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!


    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


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