public training

PLA 2014: What We Learned and Who Inspired Us

It's incredible that the Public Library Association (PLA) conference was only three days because I learned so much. Between working the TechSoup for Libraries booth (great to meet you!) and attending sessions, I came home from Indianapolis with a fresh perspective on public libraries and technology. 

To touch or not to touch: Patron devices in the library

It has been a week since our first Edge Initiative benchmark webinar, but I keep thinking about the questions and ideas that were shared. In the webinar, we were discussing Benchmark 1:

Beyond Lecture: Training Delivery Methods

Listening to a lecture isn't the best way for anyone to learn. So how can you add some zip to your technology training? If your participants are actively involved, they will learn more and (even better!) they are more apt to retain what they've learned. Let them do it!

Here are engaging training delivery methods to incorporate into your training:

Staff and Public Technology Training Programs

These excellent examples of library training programs can help you design innovative workshops and plan for training. Some of these were devised for staff training purposes but could be easily adapted for public training, or vice versa. If you need specific lesson plans, handouts, or PowerPoints, read this post for library and nonprofit websites that share their materials for free. If your library has a technology training program or if you know of other great examples, please share in the comments.

on not reinventing the wheel...

All sorts of ideas are coming together this fine December morning...

First, I wanted to tout the inspired work of Annie Adamson, the System Administrator/Teen Young Adult Librarian/Reference Clerk -- that's a lot of hats! -- at the Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, ID. You can read more about her in the latest Library Feature.