Facebook’s new Internet.org 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.