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Keep the discussion going: Tips for training people to use e-readers

Wow! Thanks to everyone who participated in today's webinar, "E-readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips from Trainers." A recording of the session is now available. Continue the conversation in the Community Forum.

In addition to the resources that were mentioned by the presenters, there were numerous great links shared by participants.

Presenters and Organizations:

Edge Benchmark Two Stirs Up a Conversation

Well, if I'm ever in a library crowd and need a conversation starter, maybe I'll turn to the Edge Benchmark Two. Our survey respondents shared their thoughts and a lot of persectives on the issue of providing access to digital content as well as enabling community members to create their own digital content.  Some people shared that these services just weren't possible to offer in their libraries, while others definitely expressed the desire to offer these services, if they weren't already. What do you think? Should the bar be lowered? Or is it just right?

Small Libraries on the Edge

If you’ve been following this blog, you have an idea of the scope of the Edge Initiative.  It’s a big project, with a lot of to-do items:

Interesting Uses of Technology: Digital Video

Digital video can help you connect with your community, share knowledge, engage and energize your staff and patrons, and demonstrate value on a personal level. Seeing is believing!

Edge Benchmarks: Community Assessment and Partnerships

I just read Tom Sloan's highly informative Public Libraries magazine piece on the Naperville Public Library (NPL) titled, "What Makes an Award-Winning Public Library Successful." This article is jam-packed with practical tips on how to manage people, data, and create a culture that is nimble and open to change. What's more, the tips Sloan outlines are directly related to the Edge Benchmarks. Read on to find out how, and while you're at it, please take a few minutes to tell us your thoughts about the Edge Beta Benchmarks. We rely on your thoughts and expertise!

Good Enough isn't Good Enough: Thoughts on the Edge Benchmarks

As a librarian and as a leader, I’ve always loved standing at the crossroads of the Big Picture and the Day-to-Day Details, but it’s an uncomfortable place for a lot of people whose strengths lie in one area much more than the other. In spite of that, I have a habit of dragging people closer to that intersection than they really want to be.

Edge Benchmarks: Open Lab Assistance

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.

Edge Benchmarks: Individual Technology Instruction

In this TechSoup blog series we are exploring examples of successful technology training programs and giving practical advice on how to create similar programs in your library. We start off the conversation about technology training models with Model #1: Individual Instruction, and how to make it easy to implement for just about any library.

Early Impressions from Edge Initiative Beta Test Data Analysis

Although we’re still in the early stages of digesting the rich data provided to us by the 160 libraries that took the time to participate in the Edge Initiative beta test, the University of Washington team has gained some initial impressions and insights from the responses.

Benchmarks need your help

You’ve likely heard about the Edge Initiative, a collaborative effort to create benchmarks for public access technology, where benchmarks and resources combine to help libraries of all sizes drive investment and spark continuous improvement toward technology services. TechSoup is part of the effort, and we’re asking libraries to help us create resources that work for everyone.

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