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16 February 2017 - 12:41pm | by Crystal Schimpf

Making is all the rage in libraries nowadays. But what if you want to fix something that's broken? Repair programs are an opportunity to teach patrons new skills while fixing technology, electronics, clothing, and other household items. Repair programs also help reduce waste by fixing items that would otherwise be thrown away.

28 November 2016 - 2:48pm | by Crystal Schimpf

Broadband sign

Does your library have enough broadband to meet the needs of patrons and staff? Technology use in libraries is at an all-time high. Without enough bandwidth coming into the library, patrons are unable to stay connected, and staff productivity is blocked. How can libraries plan for the future when it comes to broadband? And how can libraries leverage the E-rate program to increase bandwidth and the availability of high-speed Internet?

At our October webinar, we received E-rate advice and practical broadband planning tips from Amber Gregory (Arkansas State Library) and Emily Almond (Georgia Public Library Service).

As Emily said in her presentation: "Broadband is part of what makes libraries a beacon in our society.  Our mission is to provide access to everyone, regardless. We can't do that without broadband."

Here are Emily and Amber's tips for increasing the availability of high-speed Internet for your library.

19 June 2014 - 12:53pm | by Crystal Schimpf

It should come as no surprise that mobile device use in libraries is increasing. Research from the Pew Research Internet Project indicates that 43 percent of American adults now own a tablet or e-reader, and 91 percent of Americans own a cell phone. Of those cell phone owners, 60 percent use their phone to access the Internet.

1 April 2014 - 11:33am | by Crystal Schimpf

The issue of Internet safety is arguably one of the most important skills to address in basic digital literacy instruction. At the same time, it can be a difficult topic to teach for many reasons. We took a deeper look at this topic during our March TechSoup for Libraries webinar, and heard from one library that has successfully been offering Internet safety instruction to the public.

14 June 2013 - 9:44am | by Crystal Schimpf

In this guest technology training series we have been exploring various public library models and sharing tips and success stories from libraries around the country. 

10 May 2013 - 11:49am | by Crystal Schimpf

From 2011-2012 I worked at the Colorado State Library as part of a team to help 50 libraries across the state to develop new and improved technology training programs. 

6 March 2013 - 7:10am | by Crystal Schimpf

In this blog series, we are exploring various technology training models in public libraries and sharing tips and real life success stories. In our last post, we looked at how to use volunteers as technology instructors in order to increase the impact of technology training programs. In this post, we look at how to expand technology training to include gadgets and mobile devices. We share best practices for using both library and user devices and for training on a wide range of platforms.

5 December 2012 - 9:15am | by Crystal Schimpf

In this blog series, we are taking a close look at technology training models in public libraries, sharing successful examples and identifying tips and best practices. We recently took a look at mobile lab instruction as a way to reach people in the community outside the library walls. In this post, we examine various ways to utilize volunteer technology instructors, bringing the skills and interests of the community into the library.

12 October 2012 - 3:36pm | by Crystal Schimpf

In this technology training blog series we identify tips and share best practices from public libraries. We have taken a look at individual technology instruction and open lab assistance as methods to provide flexible training in the library. This post explores several ways to offer technology instruction by taking computers out to the community.

11 July 2012 - 4:59pm | by Crystal Schimpf

We are taking a close look at models of successful technology training programs and sharing ideas for how to create similar programs in your library. In our last post we looked at ways to provide individual technology instruction to maximize flexibility with one-on-one assistance. In this post we look at how offering assistance in an open lab format can also provide flexibility and focus to your technology training.

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