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Helping People Find Good Health Information Online

Thanks to Dana Abbey for presenting today’s webinar, Helping People Find Good Health Information Online. Thank you, too, to all of the participants who asked great questions and shared additional resources. Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Midcontinental Region. If you missed it, you'll be happy to know the session was recorded!

Seven success-makers chime in

We've interviewed a lot of people from libraries for the Edge Initiative. In our interviews we're trying to uncover what factors or best practices aligned to create a situation for success in a particular benchmark area. In our seven published Edge Spotlights, we uncovered that it all comes down to...

Edge Benchmarks: Gadget Instruction

In this blog series, we are exploring various technology training models in public libraries and sharing tips and real life success stories. In our last post, we looked at how to use volunteers as technology instructors in order to increase the impact of technology training programs. In this post, we look at how to expand technology training to include gadgets and mobile devices. We share best practices for using both library and user devices and for training on a wide range of platforms.

Learn more about LibraryYOU, Escondido Public Library's Local Knowledge Project

Anythink (CO) does such interesting things! I've been following tweets (here and here and here) about their TechFest, which is happening today and it sounds great. Donna Feddern from Escondido Public Library (CA) is a keynote speaker. If you can't hear her in Colorado today, you can check out the webinar she delivered with us last fall. Escondido's LibraryYOU is an inspiring project.

Buy and Maintain Public Access Computers and Labs: the easy way!

Do you want to find ways to make it easier and cheaper to set up, improve, or simply maintain your public library computers or training lab?

Register for our free webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to find out find out about the TechSoup donation that could make your life easier and extend your tech budget at the same time! Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server can save you over 60% in costs and upkeep.

Feedback on Edge Benchmark: sharing expertise & best practices

We've been surveying the library community to get feedback on the Edge Initiative's beta benchmarks. Beta Benchmark 9 focused on libraries sharing their best practices and expertise. The new version of the benchmarks was just released, strengthened by your feedback! A bit of tweaking and consolidation happened so that Benchmark 9 is now Benchmark 6. There have been a few changes to the indicators, however the core benchmark remains the same. 

Reduce downtime with these quick fix it tips (free webinar)

When a computer freezes or a printer jams, what do you do? Would you like to know more about basic troubleshooting on a Windows PC so you can minimize downtime? We're providing an introductory level webinar that will introduce you to tips and techniques that will help you understand how to fix common problems.

Broadband Basics: Webinar Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended today's "Broadband Basics for Public Libraries" webinar! A special thanks to guest speaker Kieran Hixon. If you missed the webinar, but are interested in learning more about broadband, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources (linked to below).

Tech Training Resources

Thanks to everyone who attended today's "Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise" webinar. A special thanks to everyone who shared resources and ideas.If you missed the webinar, but are interested in tech training, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources!

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