Katie Paul

Katie Paul

It’s always exciting to offer patrons something for which there is a need. 

A couple of weeks ago, we added a capability to the library that patrons have been asking for since well before I joined the team. You can now send print jobs to the library via your phone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. 

For those of you who can’t remember your passwords — and it’s more people than you may think — this will make printing at the library much easier. 

There are three options: you can visit the printer website, email directly to the printer workstation, or download the app to your phone or tablet. After the files are sent, you have 24 hours to come in and print them off. For detailed directions, you can visit the library or the library website at maquoketa.lib.ia.us. There is a button on the homepage that will take you to step-by-step directions.

As with all software, this program had a fairly high price tag. Our Senior Library Technician, Evie Redling, applied for a grant through the A. E. Pearson Foundation last year. We were lucky enough to be awarded an amount that covered the entire cost of this upgrade. Thanks to Evie, we can now say yes when we are asked at least once a week, “Can I print from my phone?”

Another technology service we offer is do-it-yourself photo scanning. This is one of my favorite gadgets in the library. It is the Epson FastFoto FF-640 Scanner and it was purchased by our Friends group in mid-2018. It shares a workstation with the microfilm machine, which is also pretty neat, and is located in the History Room. 

The machine can scan one photo a second and can handle photos of all sizes. It automatically crops your files to the appropriate size, which is a huge time saver. 

Possibly my favorite feature is that it will scan the front and back of your pictures so you can preserve anything written on them. I’ve scanned a couple photo albums myself and really enjoy using it.

If you’ve got a lot of photos to scan, I would consider reserving the room for a couple hours. You can find out the availability by calling or emailing the library. Our friendly staff is happy to show you how to use this device, so don’t be intimidated. This is a perfect opportunity to backup those old shoeboxes of photos you have in the closet. Be sure to bring along a flash drive or transfer the files to whichever cloud service you use.

Around here, we like facts and statistics in addition to books and technology. I thought it would be nice to share some of the statistics I gather each month (see sidebar), they might surprise you. Hopefully, one or two of the visits I report next month will be you. See you soon!