Submitted by Janet Chase-Williams on 23 August 2011 - 9:05am
Benchmarks. These are words of foreboding for this rural librarian. Great. On top of non-existent funding now the library is going to have to live up to some Queens Library-quality technological advancements.
Submitted by Ariel Gilbert-Knight on 11 August 2011 - 10:43am
Submitted by Josie Parker on 9 August 2011 - 9:30am
When I was first invited to be a representative of public library directors in the Public Access Technology Benchmarks Initiative (joining the consortium of 13 organizations including TechSoup Global, ALA, PLA and the Urban Libraries Council), I was reluctant.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 3 August 2011 - 2:17pm
When new projects first start, often teams feel a little unsure or unclear about what they're being asked to accomplish, conjuring up Gertrude Stein's, "there's no there, there," or maybe leaning more toward Bill Clinton's "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." At any rate, let's just say in the parlance of our time that you may have been a little fuzzy, like Gertrude and Bill once were.
Submitted by Ariel Gilbert-Knight on 28 July 2011 - 9:30am
What would you think about a tool that:
- Creates a common language for discussing public libraries' and public access technology's role in supporting community goals
- Sets clear, achievable and measurable standards for public access technology for libraries of all sizes
- Supports strategic planning, budgeting and advocacy processes
- Provides an extra layer of legitimacy and authority to library technology discussions
- Helps you find new and clearer ways to tell your library's story
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 6 July 2011 - 2:00pm
What do you think of when you hear the word, "benchmark"? From my experience, it evokes a range of emotional and intellectual responses. For many, it can sound a bit scary, like "job security for some of us (or the ditch we die in)."