Kansas City Library’s New Software Lending Library
Submitted by Jim Lynch on 24 September 2013 - 7:18am
Edge Benchmarks – Professional Development for Technology Trainers
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 14 June 2013 - 9:44am
Technology Instruction Materials for Libraries
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 10 May 2013 - 11:49am
From 2011-2012 I worked at the Colorado State Library as part of a team to help 50 libraries across the state to develop new and improved technology training programs.
Seven success-makers chime in
Submitted by Sarah Washburn on 12 March 2013 - 3:37pm
We've interviewed a lot of people from libraries for the Edge Initiative. In our interviews we're trying to uncover what factors or best practices aligned to create a situation for success in a particular benchmark area. In our seven published Edge Spotlights, we uncovered that it all comes down to...
Edge Benchmarks: Gadget Instruction
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 6 March 2013 - 7:10am
In this blog series, we are exploring various technology training models in public libraries and sharing tips and real life success stories. In our last post, we looked at how to use volunteers as technology instructors in order to increase the impact of technology training programs. In this post, we look at how to expand technology training to include gadgets and mobile devices. We share best practices for using both library and user devices and for training on a wide range of platforms.
Feedback on Edge Benchmark: sharing expertise & best practices
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 29 January 2013 - 1:18pm
We've been surveying the library community to get feedback on the Edge Initiative's beta benchmarks. Beta Benchmark 9 focused on libraries sharing their best practices and expertise. The new version of the benchmarks was just released, strengthened by your feedback! A bit of tweaking and consolidation happened so that Benchmark 9 is now Benchmark 6. There have been a few changes to the indicators, however the core benchmark remains the same.
Broadband Basics: Webinar Follow-up
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 15 January 2013 - 2:08pm
Thanks to everyone who attended today's "Broadband Basics for Public Libraries" webinar! A special thanks to guest speaker Kieran Hixon. If you missed the webinar, but are interested in learning more about broadband, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources (linked to below).
Tech Training Resources
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 11 December 2012 - 1:59pm
Thanks to everyone who attended today's "Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise" webinar. A special thanks to everyone who shared resources and ideas.If you missed the webinar, but are interested in tech training, you'll definitely want to check out the recording and the resources!
Savvy staff, Better Service, Happier Community
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 7 December 2012 - 8:41am
During Tuesday's webinar, "Tech Savvy Staff", Penny Talbert and Stephanie Zimmerman discussed the Ephrata (PA) Public Library's approach to increasing staff technology know-how. One of things that I found especially interesting was Penny's assessment of the outcomes she has witnessed since implementing their staff competencies program.
Edge Benchmarks: Volunteer Technology Trainers
Submitted by Crystal Schimpf on 5 December 2012 - 9:15am
In this blog series, we are taking a close look at technology training models in public libraries, sharing successful examples and identifying tips and best practices. We recently took a look at mobile lab instruction as a way to reach people in the community outside the library walls. In this post, we examine various ways to utilize volunteer technology instructors, bringing the skills and interests of the community into the library.