Upcoming Edge Benchmark Webinars

Please join us for two free upcoming webinars! On Wednesday, May 15th, Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Indiana, will discuss Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success. On Wednesday June 12th, Wendy Street, Director of the Pella Public Library in Iowa, will discuss how to Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets.

May 15: Planning - A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success

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We all know that planning is important, but the nature of technology can make planning for it especially daunting. How do you decide what technology services to include in your plans? How do you know what your community wants and needs? How do you plan for an unknown future? And once you have created a plan, how do you move beyond the document to the implementation?  Join us on May 15th at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, as we talk about technology planning in libraries with special guest Alexis Caudell, director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Mitchell, Indiana – a  busy small-town library, serving a population of 12,009 across three rural townships.  Alexis focuses on thinking ahead, pursuing grants, and making people a priority – including both staff members who need training and community members whose needs are the driving force.  We look forward to learning from Alexis as she shares her experiences and ideas in this session.

This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks, specifically Benchmark 7, which says: "Libraries integrate public access technology into planning and policies".

June 12: Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets

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In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the Internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide.  Presenters for the session include Brenda Hough, TechSoup for Libraries and Wendy Street, director, Pella Public Library, Iowa.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.This webinar is also part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks, specifically Benchmark 1, which says: "Libraries provide access to relevant digital content and enable community members to create their own digital content".