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13 September 2012 - 9:23am | by Stephanie Gerding

Thinking about how to empower your community members to create digital content? Register to join our free webinar on Tuesday, September 25th at 11 a.m. Pacific time, to find out more. 

29 August 2012 - 4:34pm | by Stephanie Gerding

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.

23 August 2012 - 2:40pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Well, if I'm ever in a library crowd and need a conversation starter, maybe I'll turn to the Edge Benchmark Two. Our survey respondents shared their thoughts and a lot of persectives on the issue of providing access to digital content as well as enabling community members to create their own digital content.  Some people shared that these services just weren't possible to offer in their libraries, while others definitely expressed the desire to offer these services, if they weren't already. What do you think? Should the bar be lowered? Or is it just right?

10 August 2012 - 12:29pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Sponsoring an event requires a lot of planning and involves many details.

Whether your event is free or requires collecting payments, you need an easy way to handle registrations, wait lists, program listings, email marketing, surveys, reports, and online calenders.

27 July 2012 - 3:57pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Digital video can help you connect with your community, share knowledge, engage and energize your staff and patrons, and demonstrate value on a personal level. Seeing is believing!

19 July 2012 - 10:33am | by Stephanie Gerding

In continuation of our July theme of "interesting uses of technology," we've collected tips and resources to help you use social media.

10 July 2012 - 9:43pm | by Stephanie Gerding

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.

28 June 2012 - 4:59pm | by Stephanie Gerding

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.

21 June 2012 - 11:07am | by Stephanie Gerding

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.

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