Information Technology Exchange (ITE), a charity in Belfast, Maine (near Bangor) operates the PCs for Maine program, which provides refurbished computers to schools, nonprofits, and libraries for use as public access stations. What is unusual is not that this low-cost equipment is available to Maine libraries, but that it is becoming popular. How did this happen?
Many libraries have part time or accidental techies taking care of their technology. Is it any wonder that proper technology planning is something we have a hard time getting to? The problem is that it takes some tech planning to come up with a budget for the New Year. Here’s some resources for doing quick tech planning so you’ll have some money to work with in 2014.
The Edge Initiative toolkit helps libraries assess how their community is using library technology, identifying strengths and also areas for improvement. The toolkit includes benchmarks and Benchmark 8 states, "Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals." This article will highlight one library's approach to fostering staff technology skill building.
As you may have heard, beginning in January 2014, libraries across the U.S. are invited to participate in the Edge Initiative. It is an exciting way to focus on aligning your library's public technology services with community needs for greater impact. Since August 2012, we have been hosting webinars that feature libraries and librarians from around the country talking about the Edge Initiative. The recordings are a great way to learn more about Edge and its potential for your library and community. Here is a list of the eighteen webinars and speakers, with recordings.
Libraries often play a big part in the moments and months after a natural disaster. Mostly, libraries offer refuge, comfort, and contact; they're a warm place with big hearts filled with folks who know how to find help. But after those first few days of extreme need, what else can libraries offer?
A big thank you to Sam Becker for providing an introduction to the Impact Survey today. And thank you to Gretchen Pruett for sharing her experiences with the Impact Survey and the Edge Initiative at the New Braunfels Public Library (TX). If you missed the session, you will be glad to know it was recorded. Feel free to share the recording with others!
At TechSoup for Libraries, we share stories from the field so libraries can learn from each other. We are grateful every day for the libraries who take the time to share their examples and experiences with us! This thankful time of year, however, is the perfect opportunity for us to highlight and appreciate some of the recent contributors.