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Atomic Training: A Resource for Technology Learning

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As we prepare for Thursday's Edge Initiative webinar with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library (IL), we're highlighting useful technology training resources. Whether your library is training its staff and volunteers to use Windows 8 or Excel, or helping patrons learn to use Google, the Atomic Training Donation Program at TechSoup can help you get started.

Staff Technology Skills: Stories and Resources

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Next week, we'll be talking to Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt about staff technology skills training (register here). It's an important topic and one we regularly address here at TechSoup. As we prepare for next week, we've gathered some of our favorite recent posts and spotlights related to staff training. Enjoy!

Tips for Technology Grant Success

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Many librarians are new to grant work and it can seem a bit intimidating to get started. However, grant work is really about five things librarians are great at: finding information, answering questions, building relationships, serving the community, and being trustworthy and dependable.

Get out there with the help of your Friends

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There's a lot of talk about the value in leaving the library building. Not for patrons, mind you, but for staff. I'm often reminded of a marvelous tip I learned from Gail Santy, a presenter at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference last year (handouts from her presentation).

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.

Ask your community about technology needs: The Impact Survey

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The University of Washington Information School (iSchool) has launched the Impact Survey, a new survey tool designed to help public libraries assess how their communities use technology services at the library, and how it has had a positive impact on community member's lives. The survey asks patrons about technology use in the following areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion.

Loaning Out Internet Access at the Providence Community Library

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Libraries offering free Internet access is nothing new. But the Providence Community Library (RI) is taking an innovative leap by allowing patrons to literally check out free home Internet access for a week.

How does Providence do it? They loan out Mobile Beacon hotspot devices.

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

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I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

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 .

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