benchmark

Edge Benchmarks: Volunteer Technology Trainers

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.

Tech Trainers Unite!

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another?

"A librarian in the home?" Yes! Hear the Tech-a-la-Carte Story

Thank you to Irene and Alba for sharing their Tech-a-la-Carte experiences with us during today’s webinar! And thank you to the participants for asking great questions and sharing resources, too.

Knock, Knock, Your Librarian is Here!

When I first heard about the Poudre River Public Library District's (CO) "Tech-a-la-Carte," I was excited to learn about the training they are doing in their community, at community centers, and in other organizations. While working with Irene Romsa from Poudre River to prepare for an upcoming webinar, however, I learned that they actually take their mobile lab equipment into people's homes to provide technology training. Wow!

Staff Technology Skills: Ephrata Public Library (PA)

Updated Date!! Penny Talbert and Stephanie Zimmerman will be the guest speakers for next week's Benchmark 11 webinar on staff training. I just love the Ephrata Public Library LibGuide for staff technology competencies. 

Youth-led Tech @ the Library: Thank you Jennifer Nichols!

Thank you so much to Jennifer Nichols for sharing her experiences and ideas related to youth-led technology at the library in today's webinar! Thank you also to the participants for sharing your questions and experiences, too.

Edge Benchmark Seven: Whoa, Horsie!

TechSoup is part of a national coalition of 13 organizations working with the library field to create the first-ever set of technology benchmarks that define quality public access technology services in libraries. As part of this initiative, we are gathering feedback from libraries, and then sharing that feedback.

We recently compiled results from a survey focused on Benchmark 7. This benchmark states: 

Edge Benchmarks: Mobile Computer Labs

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.

Three Free Tech Webinars for October

It's October, the perfect time to cozy up to the computer for a TechSoup webinar and a nice warm cup of cider. Hope you can join us online to talk technology!

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.