Edge Webinar Roundup

Each month I have the pleasure of hosting a webinar featuring libraries and librarians from around the country talking about the Edge Initiative. We started way back in August of 2012 and each session has been recorded. By request, here is a list of all sixteen webinars and speakers so far. Thank you to these excellent speakers for sharing their experiences and expertise! Info on upcoming webinars is at the end of the post.

Want to Hear Librarian Perspectives on the Edge Initiative?

In this session, special guests Mary Haney, Hennessey Public Library (OK)  and Lee Ann Barnes, Okeene Public Library (OK) respond to the question, Is the Edge Initiative useful for small and rural libraries, too?

In this session, special guests Marcia Johnson, Miami Public Library (OK)  and Dionne Mack, El Paso Library (TX) discuss their experiences and insights as Edge Initiative pilot libraries.

In this session, special guests Denise Davis, Sacramento Public Library (CA) and Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels Public Library (TX) discuss their experiences and insights as Edge Initiative pilot libraries.

Want to Explore Best Practices and the Edge Initiative Benchmarks?

The eleven Edge Benchmarks are at the heart of the Edge Toolkit. The benchmarks are divided into three main categories that assess Community Value, Engaging the Community and Decision Makers, and Organizational Management. Each of the following webinars features a guest discussing one or more of the benchmarks.

In this session, special guests Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library (IL), talk about techniques and resources for creating a culture of continuous technology learning.

In this session, special guests Stephanine Gerding, Independent Consultant, Wendy Street, Pella Library (IA) and I talk about ways to support technology training for patrons when you have limited resources.

In this session, special guest Alexis Caudell, Mitchell Community Library (IN) shares her approach to technology planning, from connecting with community needs to sharing the plan with others.

In this session, special guest Dana Abbey, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region, shares resources and tips that can help you better assist people who are seeking health information online.

In this session, special guest Holly Jin, Skokie Public Library (IL), discusses technology and ways it can be used successfully with children on the autism spectrum.

In this session, special guest Joe Olayvar, Washington State Library, introduces basic PC troubleshooting techniques.

In this session, special guest Kieran Hixon, Colorado State Library, helps us understand broadband basics, from connection types to speed tests.

In this session, special guest Stephanie Gerding and I talk to technology trainers from around the country about favorite resources and techniques for technology learning.

In this session, special guests Penny Talbert, Ephrata Public Library (PA) and Stephanie Zimmerman, Library System of Lancaster County (PA), overview the use of competencies for ensuring staff technology abilities.

In this session, special guests Irene Rosa and Alba Williams, Poudre River Public Library District (CO), share their experiences with Tech-a-la-Carte, a program in which they take a mobile lab into people's homes to provide technology training.

In this session, special guest Jennifer Nichols, Pima County Public Library (AZ), discusses the ways in which teens have been involved in designing and implementing the technology services provided by the library.

In this session, special guest Donna Feddern, Escondido Public Library (CA), introduces LibraryYOU, an innovative project that helps capture and share the expertise of community members.

In this session, special guests Diana Weaver, Basehor Community Library (KS) and Amber Slaven, King County Library System (WA), describe the ways in which they support community members who want to learn more about ereaders.

Thank you again to each of these guests for sharing their time and talents! I hope you enjoy the recordings.

Join us for Upcoming Webinars!

Please join us for two more Edge Initiative webinars scheduled this year:

In this session on November 20th, Soon Har Tan, Itasca Community Library (IL) and Tom Perski, The Chicago Lighthouse, will discuss the creation of the library's Vision Center. Register!

In this session on December 3rd, Sam Becker, University of Washington, will help libraries understand the Impact Survey, which public libraries can use to survey their communities about technology. Register!

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