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Will Facebook’s Bridge the Global Digital Divide?


Facebook’s new initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: Miami, OK


In a conversation with Marcia Johnson, Library Director of the Miami (OK) Public Library, we learn about the library, the town, and their experiences with the Edge Initiative.

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: El Paso, TX


In a candid conversation with Dionne Mack, Library Director at the El Paso Public Library (EPPL), we learn that the city of El Paso serves a community where one in three people lack internet access at home, there are specific challenges with broadband connectivity and education, and residents turn to the public library for their technology needs.

Let's talk about tablets!


At TechSoup for Libraries, we collect stories and information from libraries and then share! We exist to help libraries learn from the experiences of others. We're currently working on an article covering tablets in the library and we'd love to hear about (and share) your experiences.

Sparking Interest in Community Assessment


Trying to convince others that conducting a community assessment is a good idea? Sometimes just giving them a "taste" of the process can whet their appetite for more.

El Paso, TX and Miami, OK: Edge Pilot Libraries


Thanks to Dionne Mack and Marcia Johnson for sharing their experiences as pilot libraries for the Edge Initiative during today's webinar! The session recording is now available.

Learn from the Edge Pilot Libraries: Webinar August 21st


For over a year, we have been providing webinars featuring the Edge Initiative public library technology benchmarks. We've featured guests from around the country who have shared stories that represent best practices, lessons learned, and success. The next webinar is Wednesday, August 21st.

Partnerships are a Win-Win Strategy


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

Staff Technology Skills Training at Sacramento Public Library


When Denise Davis, Deputy Library Director of the Sacramento Public Library, discussed the library’s experiences with the Edge Initiative last month, webinar participants wanted to know more about the staff technology skills training that Denise mentioned. In this post, Amy Calhoun, Sacramento Public Library’s Virtual Branch Coordinator, tells us more.

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: Sacramento, CA


The Edge Initiative is an assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the assessment in their libraries and communities. In this post, we share a case study featuring one of those pilot libraries: Sacramento Public Library, CA.

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