Ask your community about technology needs: The Impact Survey

The University of Washington Information School (iSchool) has launched the Impact Survey, a new survey tool designed to help public libraries assess how their communities use technology services at the library, and how it has had a positive impact on community member's lives. The survey asks patrons about technology use in the following areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion.

Planning: Webinar Follow-up

Thank you to Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Library (IN) for sharing her planning experiences and expertise during today's "Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success" webinar! If you missed the webinar, but are interested in a thoughtful approach to technology planning, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources.

Upcoming Edge Benchmark Webinars

Please join us for two free upcoming webinars! On Wednesday, May 15th, Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Indiana, will discuss Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success. On Wednesday June 12th, Wendy Street, Director of the Pella Public Library in Iowa, will discuss how to Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets.

Do you have a disaster preparedness plan?

Do you have a disaster preparedness plan for the library? If not, and you are in the process of creating one, you will be glad to know that TechsSoup's handy resource, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery, has recently been updated. Now, in addition to being available as a PDF or Word document, it's also available in ePUB and mobi formats!

Spotlight on Planning, Privacy, and Passion

Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Laura Speer and the Fayetteville Public Library. Laura and the library are spotlighted for their success with Library Edge Benchmark 10, which includes technology management policies, with hardware and software upgrades, network security policies, and patron privacy policies. 

Just so handy: The impact of smartphones on public access computer usage in libraries

Ever since I bought a smartphone, my digital camera, video camera, and Nook have been gathering dust on the shelf. I also find that I use my laptop a lot less on the weekends. It's just so handy to use my smartphone to do those things (take photos, shoot videos, read e-books, and check email). I also used to stop at libraries and coffee shops to use wireless when I was traveling. Now I just use my smartphone to keep up while away. Thinking about my own changed habits since acquiring a smartphone has me wondering, how are smartphones impacting public access computing in libraries?

IT Staff Calculator

In our latest Cookbook, we featured a lot of content about technology planning, technology budgets and IT hiring, and I kept searching for decent formulas, guidelines and calculators to help libriarans make IT decisions.  I didn't find as many as I'd

Leasing computers: cons and considerations

Last week, I shared an excerpt from our next Cookbook about the pros of leasing computers. Today, I'll share what we've learned about the cons of leasing computers for your library: