Submitted by Lynn Hoffman on 18 July 2012 - 12:15pm
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.
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 11 July 2012 - 4:59pm
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.
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 3 July 2012 - 11:55am
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.
Submitted by Mike Crandall on 12 June 2012 - 8:41am
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.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 11 June 2012 - 12:56pm
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.
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 5 June 2012 - 2:43pm
Are you looking for ideas for technology instruction services in your library? Tips for how to offer public technology assistance? Ways to improve digital literacy in your community? Then look no further. This is the first in a new TechSoup blog series to explore examples of successful technology training programs, and to give practical advice on how to create similar programs in your library.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 5 June 2012 - 8:08am
Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts in last month’s survey, which focused on the Edge initiative's first Benchmark. Don't tell the other benchmarks, but this one might be my favorite as it is focused on technology training.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 23 May 2012 - 12:21pm
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 30 April 2012 - 3:25pm
Last month in Philadelphia, the Edge Coaltion had plenty of opportunities to learn what librarians and staff from libraries big and small thought about the benchmarks being created to support public access technology.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 27 March 2012 - 9:35am
If you've ever been involved in creating something the public sees or uses, you know how setting it free feels: you're vulnerable, you want others to believe in it, to see what you see, you want positive feedback. For me, I want to know what people think. To really know, even if it's negative, because that's important information I can use.