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US Public Libraries and BTOP: A New Report from ALA

US Public Libraries and BTOP: A New Report from ALA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP ) to increase broadband access and adoption in the US. State and public libraries have been critical partners in many of these projects. This May 2013 report from American Library Association (ALA) looks at library projects around the country, exploring the impact on communities.

Hiring and Training Internet Mentors

Hiring and Training Internet Mentors

Find resources and ideas for finding and training people who can effectively guide your community in Internet adoption.

A trainer teaches a group at a row of computer workstations

Library Tech Trainers Sharing Resources and Expertise

Library Tech Trainers Sharing Resources and Expertise

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. In my experience, trainers are great at finding ways to share resources and ideas with one another. Here are a few of the spaces and places of which I'm aware. What has been useful for you?

Libraries Transforming Lives: The Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, CO

Libraries Transforming Lives: The Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, CO

At R-Squared, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Janine Reid, director of the High Plains Library District in Greeley, CO. She shared a bit with me about the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) lab at the Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Free Webinars Next Week!

Free Webinars Next Week!

In case you missed it, Crystal Schimpf took the helm of our TechSoup twitter account yesterday and sparked a great discussions about libraries and technology access.

Thoughts on the Edge benchmarks from Colorado

Thoughts on the Edge benchmarks from Colorado

Last month in Philadelphia, the Edge Coaltion had plenty of opportunities to learn what librarians and staff from libraries big and small thought about the benchmarks being created to support public access technology.

Texas State Library's BTOP Program: Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans

Texas State Library's BTOP Program: Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is the proud recipient of a $7.96 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Teaching Adult Learners about Broadband Internet: A BTOP Digital Literacy Program

Teaching Adult Learners about Broadband Internet: A BTOP Digital Literacy Program

Since October 2010, I’ve been working with a team of educators to create learning content to support digital literacy skills and an understanding of broadband Internet. The goal of the project, which was funded by NTIA/BTOP is to increase broadband adoption in our participating states by supporting digital literacy, proving the relevance of high speed Internet to our learners, and teaching how to make decisions about finding and buying broadband Internet.

Recap of Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs webinar

Recap of Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs webinar

Today's webinar, "Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs" was packed with valuable information on how libraries and nonprofits might approach and implement an evaluation of a technology program. We were excited to collaborate with Community Technology Network on this event, and thrilled by the useful information experts shared.

Webinar Tomorrow: Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs

Webinar Tomorrow: Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs

TechSoup is facilitating a free webinar this Thursday on evaluating digital literacy projects. Libraries have been offering technology training in some form for many years, but it is often still a struggle to figure out how to evaluate this type of service. Whether you received BTOP funding, state library funds, or local funding, it is necessary to be able to track and communicate the effects this important work has on our communities.

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