benchmark

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!

Taking tech training out of the library: Mobile labs and more

One of my favorite things that I'm working on right now is a webinar series for TechSoup for Libraries based on the Edge Initiative Benchmarks. It's an opportunity to find out about and highlight some great examples of technology services in libraries.

Librarians with class: What do you teach?

Many libraries are working hard to increase the level of digital literacy in their communities. Whether it's structured and scheduled classes or one-to-one assistance, library instruction helps people take advantage of all the opportunities that technology can provide.

Libraries fostering content creation: Webinar follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended today's webinar, "From Content Consumers to Content Creators." I would like to give a special thanks to Donna Feddern, who shared her experiences working on LibraryYOU at the Escondido Public Library.

The Assets in Your Community

I attended the R-Squared Conference earlier this month and participated in a track on asset-based community development, led by John McKnight and John Creighton.

Free Webinar: From Content Consumers to Content Creators

Thinking about how to empower your community members to create digital content? Register to join our free webinar on Tuesday, September 25th at 11 a.m. Pacific time, to find out more. 

The Edge Initiative and Small and Rural Libraries

Small and rural libraries comprise the dark matter of the American civic universe. Within the space beyond the bright lights of urbanity, they underpin the cultural energy of communities.

Edge Benchmark Three: Survey Said!

We recently conducted a survey to get responses on The Edge Benchmark Three, which is focused on providing technology to meet community members' job-seeking and entrepreneurial needs. The variety of responses to this survey varied widely. One person responded, "Are we supposed to be doing all that?" While others saw this Benchmark as a necessary and essential challenge and some attested that their library is already providing all the services and technology mentioned.

Creative Commons License

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