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Sharing Messages with Staff

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My husband is retired military and some habits have transferred over to our civilian lives. In the military, before a shift was over, my husband's department completed a “Pass Down Log.”

Asking Your Community for Feedback

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Conducting a needs assessment can sound intimidating, but if you break it down into small opportunities for conversations, you’ll be surprised by how much information you can gather. In this article, Mitchell Community Public Library director Alexis Caudell shares her advice and experiences.

Q & A with an Edge Library

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Bill Young, with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, recently talked to the Miami (OK) Public Library director, Marcia Johnson, to find out about her experiences as a pilot library for the Edge Initiative .

HATCHing fun and learning in young minds

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During a visit to La Veta Public Library in southern Colorado last year, I noticed a colorful keyboard and big monitor sitting in the children’s area.  When Director Sandra Hackbarth told me about her great experiences with the HATCH iStartSmart touchscreen early childhood learning system, I was ready to go back to my library and buy one.

Partnerships are a Win-Win Strategy

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The Auburn Public Library has forged a significant collaboration with Best Buy over the last year.

Edge Benchmarks – Professional Development for Technology Trainers

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In this guest technology training series we have been exploring various public library models and sharing tips and success stories from libraries around the country. 

Technology Instruction Materials for Libraries

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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. 

Awed by AWE at our library

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When our younger visitors come into the library, they all seem to go straight to the same place--our AWE Early Literacy Stations.  If you are unaware of the AWE Early Literacy Stations,

Edge Benchmarks: Gadget Instruction

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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.

Starke County Public Library System: your window to the world

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Describe what your library means to its community.

We are a "third place," some place other than work and home, where people can relax, get information and entertainment, use computers, and feel welcomed and cared about.

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