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National Research and the Local Experience

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National level research can be an interesting way to consider local experience. It can help raise your awareness as you consider the questions you want and need to ask when looking outside of the library at your community. For example, a couple of weeks ago, another interesting study was released by Pew Research called Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell. It describes the preferences of younger Americans (ages 16-29) when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. How can a local library learn from and use this national level data?

Going First: Learn from the Edge Pilot Libraries

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For almost 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 and success. They have shared their experiences and tips and also their lessons learned. We're getting ready to begin a new series of webinars and would love your input!

Six Libraries Spotlighted

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Our July newsletter has been released and it features six new Library Spotlights from around the country!

Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA

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On Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a session at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago: "The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator". Thank you to the presenters, Tameca Beckett, Youth Services Librarian at the Laurel Public Library (DE), and Andrea Berstler, Director at the Wicomico Public Library (MD), for the ideas and inspiration.

Video Conferencing Apps: Take Virtual Meetings on the Road

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Video conferencing software makes it easy to connect with partners, volunteers, applicants, committee members, or remote staff. But what's even better? Video chat and conferencing apps. These handy apps let you keep in contact when you're on-the-road.

Innovation at the Anchorage Public Library

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Paul Baker is the Innovation Lab Coordinator for the Anchorage (AK) Public Library. In this article, he tells us about his position and about the exciting things happening with the library and Makers and Hackers in the Anchorage community.

Product Demo Video: Mobile Beacon

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Does your library have a slow Internet connection or bandwidth constraints? Would you like to "loan out the Internet" to patrons via mobile hotspots, just like Providence Community Library (RI) and Salado Public Library (TX)? Maybe you want to take training out of the building, like the Poudre River Public Library District's Tech-a-la-Carte program, but you're not sure how to make it happen. With a couple of laptops (or tablets) and a mobile broadband device (like Mobile Beacon), you can take your technology almost anywhere.

What's Involved in Technology Planning — Tech Planning for Your Mission

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Welcome to the first of three blog posts in our technology planning series. We’ll discuss how to maximize your resources with a well-thought-out plan, how to conduct a technology assessment, and technology planning for disaster preparedness.

What’s Involved in Technology Planning?

Play and Technology Learning

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Library Edge Benchmark 8 states: Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals. Developing technology expertise is an ongoing process and requires creating learning situations beyond the traditional instructor/student computer lab setting. By creating environments that foster creativity and innovation, libraries can help individual staff members learn and can also help build a team that can adapt to rapid change. In this article, we'll introduce several technology learning formats that emphasize play and collaboration.

Children and Library Technology

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Members of the TechSoup for Libraries team bond over many things -- love of libraries, interest in technology, an appreciation for delicious food -- but we also bond over parenting. Several of us have small children and enjoy sharing stories, photos, and questions with one another. Our own experiences may be a reason we've been focused on finding so many children and library technology stories and resources to share here recently.

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