31 October 2013 - 9:21am | by Brenda Hough

Thank you again to Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from the Skokie Public Library (IL) for starring in today's Edge Initiative webinar! If you missed the session, you'll be glad to know it was recorded. The archive is available now.

29 October 2013 - 12:00pm | by Brenda Hough

As we prepare for Thursday's Edge Initiative webinar with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library (IL), we're highlighting useful technology training resources. Whether your library is training its staff and volunteers to use Windows 8 or Excel, or helping patrons learn to use Google, the Atomic Training Donation Program at TechSoup can help you get started.

22 October 2013 - 7:53am | by Brenda Hough

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!

10 October 2013 - 2:49am | by Brenda Hough

The University of Washington Information School (iSchool) has launched the Impact Survey, a new survey tool designed to help public libraries assess how their communities use technology services at the library, and how it has had a positive impact on community member's lives. The survey asks patrons about technology use in the following areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion.

7 October 2013 - 9:35am | by Brenda Hough

I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

25 September 2013 - 10:12am | by Brenda Hough

Thank you to today's webinar guests, Mary Haney and Lee Ann Barnes, for sharing their experiences and insights about the Edge Initiative from a small and rural library perspective. Missed it? The session was recorded.

23 September 2013 - 8:27am | by Brenda Hough

I was recently in Columbia, SC to deliver a workshop. If you're like me, you know that travel always means a stop at the local library. A highlight of my visit to Columbia's Richland Library was a peek at the new Teen Center.

19 September 2013 - 6:17am | by Brenda Hough

Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from Edge Initiative pilot libraries located in small/rural communities!

16 September 2013 - 12:20pm | by Brenda Hough

Many people working in libraries spend a significant amount of time troubleshooting technology (printers, computers, wireless routers, etc.). If you're new to this role and are perhaps an "accidental techie", without a background or training in fixing technology, how do you gain the skills you need? And how can you feel prepared to address problems and issues you may not be able to anticipate?

11 September 2013 - 6:00am | by Brenda Hough

Thank you to Sarah Felkar, Digital Access Librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library in West Vancouver, British Columbia, who responded to our call for information about ways in which libraries are currently using tablets!