Submitted by Brenda Hough on 30 July 2013 - 9:08am
One of our favorite topics here on the TechSoup for Libraries blog is digital literacy. We love to share best practices, tips and techniques, and resources that can help libraries with the digitial literacy efforts in their communities. One great new resource that we would like to highlight is DigitalLearn.org.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 24 July 2012 - 4:18pm
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.
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 27 January 2012 - 2:05pm
At a recent ALA MidWinter session on the Edge Initiative, Larra Clark from ALA OITP ended her remarks with, "the benchmarks are meant to be kicked. So kick it." Thus launched a focus group exercise where approximately 50 attendees were asked to provide feedback to a draft set of public access technology benchmarks.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 27 September 2011 - 1:39pm
Become your library's strongest advocate when you register for the free online Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy training course. This six-week blended learning program is led by professional facilitators who teach valuable advocacy skills and lead you through the creation of a customized Advocacy Work Plan for your library.
Submitted by Mary Hirsh on 16 September 2011 - 2:56pm
Earlier this year, the Public Library Association joined 12 other organizations to develop public access technology benchmarks. The group is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Urban Libraries Council is serving as the facilitating organization. Members of the group have been working very hard examining the history and roles of benchmarking and thinking about what sort of common, measurable services libraries offer. The purpose of the benchmarks is to develop a tool that libraries can use to quantify their public access services and to give libraries a common language in talking about these services to local decision makers.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 15 April 2011 - 2:01pm
Turning the Page 2.0 is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters learn how to create and tell their library's story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 25 March 2011 - 12:11pm
The Public Library Association (PLA) provides free technology related articles, named Tech Notes, that contain informative background information on numerous topics such as open source software, RFID, e-commerce, wireless LANS, metadata, and quite a few more. These seem like a great tool for finding out more about techie topics, and also could be linked to for training purposes.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 13 July 2010 - 10:47am