For a Healthy Brain: Librarians as Information Guides!
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 23 October 2012 - 10:51am
Sno-Isle Libraries' "Librarians as Information Guides" project offers classes especially designed for how adults learn. These classes, as well as optional one-on-one follow-up coaching, are always free, thanks to the library and funding by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
Libraries Transforming Lives: The Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, CO
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 17 October 2012 - 10:09am
Librarians with class: What do you teach?
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 2 October 2012 - 8:56am
Many libraries are working hard to increase the level of digital literacy in their communities. Whether it's structured and scheduled classes or one-to-one assistance, library instruction helps people take advantage of all the opportunities that technology can provide.
Edge Benchmarks: Open Lab Assistance
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 11 July 2012 - 4:59pm
We are taking a close look at models of successful technology training programs and sharing ideas for how to create similar programs in your library. In our last post we looked at ways to provide individual technology instruction to maximize flexibility with one-on-one assistance. In this post we look at how offering assistance in an open lab format can also provide flexibility and focus to your technology training.
Interesting Uses of Technology: PowerPoint
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 10 July 2012 - 9:43pm
This month TechSoup is showcasing organizations that are doing interesting things with technology. Three posts have been published that relate to using Microsoft PowerPoint. Whether you are presenting online or face-to-face, PowerPoint can be an excellent tool to add a visual element to your training.
Edge Benchmarks: Individual Technology Instruction
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 3 July 2012 - 11:55am
In this TechSoup blog series we are exploring examples of successful technology training programs and giving practical advice on how to create similar programs in your library. We start off the conversation about technology training models with Model #1: Individual Instruction, and how to make it easy to implement for just about any library.
Libraries Transform Lives and are a Smart Investment in Today's Digital World
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 28 June 2012 - 4:59pm
As demand for technology resources increase, libraries continue to enhance their traditional services. Public libraries are relied upon for free technology training, job seeking help, and free access to digital media. Last week I joined thousands of librarians at the American Library Association conference and was amazed by all the truly inspirational and fundamental NEEDED work that is being done at our libraries. You'd think I'd already know this after more than 15 years in this field, but librarians never cease to impress me.
Free Online Learning: 15 Sites to Explore
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 21 June 2012 - 11:07am
One of our favorite phrases here at TechSoup is “don’t reinvent the wheel.” This has been on my mind this week as I’ve been reading about teachers and professors who are changing traditional education by flipping their classrooms. This term essentially means that lectures are watched online at home and homework is done during class. Teachers assign already developed content, such as videos, to be watched on the student's own time in place of traditional lectures so that classroom time can now be spent on what was originally homework.
Technology Training Series: Models from Libraries
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 5 June 2012 - 2:43pm
Are you looking for ideas for technology instruction services in your library? Tips for how to offer public technology assistance? Ways to improve digital literacy in your community? Then look no further. This is the first in a new TechSoup blog series to explore examples of successful technology training programs, and to give practical advice on how to create similar programs in your library.
Today's TechSoup Guest Tweeter: Librarian Crystal Schimpf!
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 24 May 2012 - 11:28am
Did you know @TechSoup invites organizations to take over our Twitterstream on Thursdays? Today's tweeter is Crystal Schimpf, a librarian and technology trainer from Colorado State Library's Public Computer Center! She works with libraries to coordinate technology instruction, design curriculum, and provide staff training.