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Play and Technology Learning

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Library Edge Benchmark 8 states: Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals. Developing technology expertise is an ongoing process and requires creating learning situations beyond the traditional instructor/student computer lab setting. By creating environments that foster creativity and innovation, libraries can help individual staff members learn and can also help build a team that can adapt to rapid change. In this article, we'll introduce several technology learning formats that emphasize play and collaboration.

Create dynamic and interactive virtual meetings and training

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Leaving the “real” world for the virtual world is scary and when I began exploring training in a virtual environment, I was concerned that I would lose the ability to connect with my colleagues. I feared that if I couldn’t see the people who were in the training room with me, I wouldn’t know if they were paying attention. I also knew I’d miss the chitchat of catching up after not seeing people for months at a time. Now I have adapted to the virtual world of training and I’ve found ways to create dynamic and interactive virtual meetings and trainings.

Supporting Technology Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets: A Free Webinar

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A large high tech digital lab, a dedicated full-time training staff, a large budget for training materials... If that sounds like your library, then this is probably not the session for you. If, however, you're dealing with small spaces and limited staff and resources, yet want to provide technology training in your community, then please sign up!

Wireless Beyond the Building: Mobile Beacon

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Most libraries now offer wireless Internet access within the building, so visitors can use their own devices to get online. Some libraries are going beyond that and are providing wireless access outside of the library, too (and I don’t just mean in the parking lot after hours). If you’re intrigued, read on! And check out the Mobile Beacon donation program at TechSoup.

Hands-on e-reader training for library staff: The NTLP success story

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Last year’s Pew Internet report on Libraries, patrons, and e-books looked at how libraries are responding to the growing popularity of e-books. The study found that, “Librarians often are anxious about the new set of demands on them to learn about the operations of new gadgets” and had positive experiences with hands-on training.  In this article, we’ll overview a successful hands-on e-reader training initiative in Texas.

Getting Started with Arduino: At the Library?

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Many libraries are finding new ways to support DIY (do it yourself) culture in their communities. One of the things I'm seeing discussed is the arduino micro-controller, with some libraries providing arduino classes. I've found some resources and references, but would love to hear from you. What are you doing (or thinking about doing) related to arduino?

Library Tech Trainers Sharing Resources and Expertise

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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?

Edge Benchmarks: Mobile Computer Labs

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In this technology training blog series we identify tips and share best practices from public libraries. We have taken a look at individual technology instruction and open lab assistance as methods to provide flexible training in the library. This post explores several ways to offer technology instruction by taking computers out to the community.

Librarians with class: What do you teach?

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Many libraries are working hard to increase the level of digital literacy in their communities. Whether it's structured and scheduled classes or one-to-one assistance, library instruction helps people take advantage of all the opportunities that technology can provide.

Manage Your Events with Ease: Upcoming Webinar on August 16

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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.

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