Learn by Doing: Teaching Tech to Patrons

Anna Shelton
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Published: 02 September 2014
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Learn by Doing: Teaching Tech to Patrons

Teaching technology can be daunting. But anyone can become a better technology trainer, says Crystal Schimpf, Library Training Consultant and Kixal CEO. In a recent webinar, summarized below, Schimpf shared ten clear, down-to-earth technology training tips – and left participants raving. Thanks to ALA's Learning Round Table for hosting this webinar in collaboration with WebJunction.org. Don't focus on the technology – focus on the teaching. In Schimpf's experience, it's often not the technology part of the equation that is the greatest challenge in teaching technology – instead, it's the teaching part. One of the best ways to become a more... Read more

Open to Possibilities: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy

Mantra Roy
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Published: 29 August 2014
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Open to Possibilities: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy

Do you have great ideas to advocate for your library? Maybe you have charted ways to raise awareness about your programs, but who will go out of the library and do the work? You have a wonderful but already over-stretched staff. Do you have a good team of volunteers? Have you trained them to achieve your goals? If you have questions about how to recruit and train volunteers, you want to check out our recent webinar, "Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy", presented by Sara DeVries, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Herrick District Library, Michigan.

The webinar is divided... Read more

Public Libraries in Times of Need: Ferguson and Beyond

Mantra Roy
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Published: 27 August 2014
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Public Libraries in Times of Need: Ferguson and Beyond

The Ferguson Public Library in Missouri has become a refuge for its community which has been torn apart by the recent race-based conflict. While school has been out, the library has stepped up and offered classes led by school teachers, allowing children to feel secure in their world of learning and lessons. Adults have been able to find their bearings in the library at a time marked by protests between police and the community they're charged to protect.

More than 5,000 miles away, in Ukraine, public libraries continue to offer a refuge in a war-torn nation. Libraries still operating in... Read more

Re-Imagining Public Libraries

Mantra Roy
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Published: 25 August 2014
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Re-Imagining Public Libraries

The Atlantic Monthly video-essay 'Why Libraries Matter' follows people around New York's boroughs as they talk about why they visit public libraries. Whether their patrons are completing unfinished college degrees, filling out online applications to find jobs and career counseling, or finding resources to learn spoken English, public libraries continue to offer a safe haven to their communities. WebJunction's recent articles on public library services that go beyond checking out books and magazines, such as Makerspaces, language classes for immigrants and ESL speakers, and webinars such as health and wellness programs, reiterate the importance of public libraries. Most importantly, libraries... Read more

Public Libraries Promote Health

Mantra Roy
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Published: 19 August 2014
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Public Libraries Promote Health

The recently published 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Report reveals some key features about public libraries in USA and how they serve their communities. Funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the survey draws attention to 4 different aspects of digital inclusion. These areas of research include: 1) Public access technology infrastructure resources and capacity: This section seeks responses to questions such as how many public access workstations exist in a... Read more

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