Submitted by Roger Donaldson on 6 June 2017 - 11:13am
Ah, the joy of conferences. Whether you attend a large national event or a small state chapter event, you are sure to come back to the library full of ideas. After all, that is the intended goal — seeing what is and isn't working in other libraries. Implementing these ideas back at your library requires getting other workers on board for the change and also requires selling the change to your supervisor. This is part two of our series on identifying and overcoming resistance to technological change at your library. Find part one on overcoming resistance from co-workers here.
Submitted by Roger Donaldson on 25 May 2017 - 6:54am
The good news: Your library is finally upgrading to the latest and greatest technology! The bad news: You are in charge of the upgrade and getting your co-workers to accept the change.
In any technological change, there is always the possibility of resistance from the people in your organization. The only way to make our projects successful is to get everyone on board with the change. With no direct authority over your co-workers, this could be the most difficult part of the change. Understanding why people are resistant and the types of resistance will help you overcome opposition and have a successful project.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 17 December 2013 - 7:49am
The Edge Initiative toolkit helps libraries assess how their community is using library technology, identifying strengths and also areas for improvement. The toolkit includes benchmarks and Benchmark 8
states, "Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals." This article will highlight one library's approach to fostering staff technology skill building.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 22 October 2013 - 7:53am
Next week, we'll be talking to Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt about staff technology skills training (register here). It's an important topic and one we regularly address here at TechSoup. As we prepare for next week, we've gathered some of our favorite recent posts and spotlights related to staff training. Enjoy!
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 13 August 2013 - 11:20am
When Denise Davis, Deputy Library Director of the Sacramento Public Library, discussed the library’s experiences with the Edge Initiative last month, webinar participants wanted to know more about the staff technology skills training that Denise mentioned. In this post, Amy Calhoun, Sacramento Public Library’s Virtual Branch Coordinator, tells us more.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 9 November 2012 - 11:47am
We have lots of great webinars coming up soon. Our webinars are always free, and include great speakers in an interactive online learning environment. Get your questions answered! See our events page for full listings.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 25 October 2012 - 9:50am
Updated Date!! Penny Talbert and Stephanie Zimmerman will be the guest speakers for next week's Benchmark 11 webinar on staff training. I just love the Ephrata Public Library LibGuide for staff technology competencies.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 5 October 2012 - 1:40pm
It's October, the perfect time to cozy up to the computer for a TechSoup webinar and a nice warm cup of cider. Hope you can join us online to talk technology!
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 6 February 2011 - 9:51am
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.