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22 February 2013 - 1:01pm | by Brenda Hough

Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Debbie Moss, Assistant Director at the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL. In addition to a thorough analysis of bandwidth challenges and opportunities at the library, the spotlight also mentions that the library is building the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology Innovation and Creativity.

20 February 2013 - 11:56am | by Brenda Hough

This morning, Stephanie Gerding and I delivered a ½ hour Introduction to TechSoup webinar for Oregon public libraries (thank you to the Oregon State Library for organizing this!). The session was designed to introduce staff in Oregon public libraries to TechSoup resources.

18 February 2013 - 12:05pm | by Brenda Hough

Anythink (CO) does such interesting things! I've been following tweets (here and here and here) about their TechFest, which is happening today and it sounds great. Donna Feddern from Escondido Public Library (CA) is a keynote speaker. If you can't hear her in Colorado today, you can check out the webinar she delivered with us last fall. Escondido's LibraryYOU is an inspiring project.

12 February 2013 - 2:18pm | by Brenda Hough

Huge thanks and kudos to Joe Olayvar from the WA State Library, who skillfully presented our most popular TechSoup Edge Initiative webinar yet: Basic PC Troubleshooting. Missed the session? Don’t worry! It was recorded. A number of resources were shared during the session and I’ll include links to those here. We'll be going through the questions that were asked during the session and will create a blog post to respond to those that weren't answered.

11 February 2013 - 8:53am | by Brenda Hough

Come On In! at the Skokie Public Library (IL) offers specialized services, programs, and resources for families and encourages children with special needs to "Come On In!" and enjoy the library.  The Youth Services Staff has been trained to better understand and serve children with disabilities. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about this successful program, with special attention to the technology involved.

4 February 2013 - 3:18pm | by Brenda Hough

Why was I thinking about the Library Edge technology benchmarks while watching a Super Bowl ad? The connection was sparked by the RAM trucks farmer commercial. Here in Kansas, pride in farmers and their work is something people think and talk about on a regular basis.

31 January 2013 - 12:24pm | by Brenda Hough

I like to look outside of the library world on a regular basis to see what issues, trends, and ideas are making an impact. Last night, for example, I attended a social media presentation delivered by the team behind the online presence for the University of Kansas (KU) Athletics. Thinking about the ways this group engages sports fans inspired me to think about ways libraries use social media, too.

28 January 2013 - 11:30am | by Brenda Hough

An interesting report from the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy’s Digital Literacy Task Force has just been released. Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy provides an overview of the role of libraries in digital literacy and examines current relevant public policies.

23 January 2013 - 1:07pm | by Brenda Hough

After gathering extensive feedback from the library field and testing beta benchmarks with libraries around the US, the Edge Coalition has completed the Edge Benchmarks Version 1.0. The benchmarks can help library staff understand best practices in public access technology services and determine what steps need to be taken to improve technology that is being provided to the public.

22 January 2013 - 11:00am | by Brenda Hough

When a computer freezes or a printer jams, what do you do? Would you like to know more about basic troubleshooting on a Windows PC so you can minimize downtime? We're providing an introductory level webinar that will introduce you to tips and techniques that will help you understand how to fix common problems.