Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Snippets of Knowledge

TechSoup for Libraries
TechSoup for Libraries
TechSoup is a resource for public libraries to explore occasionally when seeking free technologies, articles, and webinars.

Free Webinars

Get Your Tech Before Fiscal Year-End!  (Tech Donations) 
May 28, 1:00 p.m. Central time
Tech donations are available to you right now! This program introduces the donation program at TechSoup and you will learn which ones reset July 1 after the fiscal year has ends.

How to Get Microsoft Software Donations
June 4, 1:00 p.m. Central time
This webinar will demonstrate eligible nonprofits, libraries, churches, and foundations that can access Microsoft donations.

Archived Webinars

Teens and Tech: Successful STEM Programs in Libraries 
Held May 20, 1:00 p.m.
Experienced youth librarians share what they do to develop tech programs for teens.

Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets)
Held May 21, 1:00 p.m.
A 90-minute webinar takes viewers through a few basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduces the power of pivot tables.

Digital Learn.Org

Digital Learn is a Public Library Association (PLA) project and in its recent newsletter, Michael Starks, a computer instructor at Indianapolis Public Library, shared information about how he helps to support users of computers, mobile devices, classes for patrons and library employees.

He shared some success stories and his outlook on what he feels needs to happen on the local level
to increase the impact of digital literacy.  His answer was: Data and partnerships. "We need much better local-research data to help us understand the specific digital-literacy needs of each major segment of the community. We also need collaborations of libraries and other community organizations to increase the overall effectiveness and scale of digital literacy learning in a community."

Of particular interest were his answers to several questions:

A new digital skill recently learned?
The use of Box and Dropbox for managing files and seeking to master the major cloud-computing platforms.

A digital skill that he recently taught?
How to edit photos, audio files, and videos in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Favorite online tools for digital literacy support and/or training?
DigitalLearn.org, GCFLearnFree.org, TechSoup, and WebJunction. Suggest to those being trained to visit GCFLearnFree.org to reinforce material learned in class and to move to the next stage in learning a technology subject.

Posted by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team