Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 29 August 2012 - 4:34pm
We recently conducted a survey to get responses on The Edge Benchmark Three, which is focused on providing technology to meet community members' job-seeking and entrepreneurial needs. The variety of responses to this survey varied widely. One person responded, "Are we supposed to be doing all that?" While others saw this Benchmark as a necessary and essential challenge and some attested that their library is already providing all the services and technology mentioned.
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.
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.
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.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 5 June 2012 - 8:08am
Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts in last month’s survey, which focused on the Edge initiative's first Benchmark. Don't tell the other benchmarks, but this one might be my favorite as it is focused on technology training.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 23 May 2012 - 12:21pm
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 27 March 2012 - 9:35am
If you've ever been involved in creating something the public sees or uses, you know how setting it free feels: you're vulnerable, you want others to believe in it, to see what you see, you want positive feedback. For me, I want to know what people think. To really know, even if it's negative, because that's important information I can use.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 14 September 2011 - 10:11am
TechSoup's donor partner GiftWorks is offering First Things First - a series of free webinars covering topics like effective communication, branding, one-on-one fundraising, leveraging volunteers, and technology strategies.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 7 September 2011 - 4:18pm
We have to focus now, more than ever, on making the case for support of libraries. Today I heard several very disheartening stories from public libraries struggling with budget cuts, dealing with political officials that don't really understand the role of the library, and even supporters who spread misinformation about library goals. It can be difficult to stay motivated in some of these situations. We know how important libraries are and we appreciate the unique and fulfilling role they play in many people's lives.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 30 August 2011 - 9:27am
You can be one of 400 U.S. library systems to join the IMPACT survey pilot. You’ll be provided with free evaluation and advocacy tools useful for measuring and communicating the impact of providing free access to computers and the Internet