technology training

Edge Benchmarks: Gadget Instruction

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.

Creations from Scratch

Creations from Scratch

A while back, I asked for examples of libraries providing training on programming languages. I recently found out that the Independence (KS) Public Library (winner of the Best Small Library in America award in 2012) is going to be offering a Scratch programming class this spring. 

Tech Training Resources

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!

Savvy staff, Better Service, Happier Community

Savvy staff, Better Service, Happier Community

During Tuesday's webinar, "Tech Savvy Staff", Penny Talbert and Stephanie Zimmerman discussed the Ephrata (PA) Public Library's approach to increasing staff technology know-how. One of things that I found especially interesting was Penny's assessment of the outcomes she has witnessed since implementing their staff competencies program.

Edge Benchmarks: Volunteer Technology Trainers

Edge Benchmarks: Volunteer Technology Trainers

In this blog series, we are taking a close look at technology training models in public libraries, sharing successful examples and identifying tips and best practices. We recently took a look at mobile lab instruction as a way to reach people in the community outside the library walls. In this post, we examine various ways to utilize volunteer technology instructors, bringing the skills and interests of the community into the library.

Tech Trainers Unite!

Tech Trainers Unite!

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another?

Library Tech Trainers Sharing Resources and Expertise

Library Tech Trainers Sharing Resources and Expertise

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. In my experience, trainers are great at finding ways to share resources and ideas with one another. Here are a few of the spaces and places of which I'm aware. What has been useful for you?

"A librarian in the home?" Yes! Hear the Tech-a-la-Carte Story

"A librarian in the home?" Yes! Hear the Tech-a-la-Carte Story

Thank you to Irene and Alba for sharing their Tech-a-la-Carte experiences with us during today’s webinar! And thank you to the participants for asking great questions and sharing resources, too.

Upcoming TechSoup Webinars

Upcoming TechSoup Webinars

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. 

Knock, Knock, Your Librarian is Here!

Knock, Knock, Your Librarian is Here!

When I first heard about the Poudre River Public Library District's (CO) "Tech-a-la-Carte," I was excited to learn about the training they are doing in their community, at community centers, and in other organizations. While working with Irene Romsa from Poudre River to prepare for an upcoming webinar, however, I learned that they actually take their mobile lab equipment into people's homes to provide technology training. Wow!

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