Teaching Patrons

  • No Experience Required: Coding for Everyone Webinar Write-up

    Last month, Kelly Smith, founder of Prenda, led the webinar Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code, which introduced coding as an increasingly important digital literacy skill, showed why coding is important for all ages,...

  • Learning Circles - We're Better Together

    We can do better together.

    That's the idea that has stuck with me since participating in a recent webinar WebJunction hosted with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and Chicago Public Library (CPL) on Learning Circles. A Learning Circle brings a gr...

  • Host Learning Circles for Greater Online Learning Success

    Most libraries offer programs that bring patrons together to learn, and many offer access to online learning programs, but what about bringing patrons together as a community around online learning?

    That's the thinking of Peer 2 Peer Universit...

  • Start from Scratch: A New Program of the Bucks County Free Library

    Last month, Bucks County Free Library began offering Start from Scratch, a new program aimed at helping members of the public connect to the digital world.

    During Start from Scratch sessions, patrons bring their "mostly dead" PCs to ...

  • Financial Education Tools for Libraries from CFPB

    As you may know, we've been participating in an OpenIDEO challenge related to libraries and financial literacy. We've been learning about a variety of approaches to financial education, and also wanted to be sure libraries are aware of all the fantas...

  • A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

    Think about the last time you ordered pizza and the numerous considerations that influenced your decisions. You may have weighed surroundings including dine-in versus carry-out or perhaps delivery, contemplated crust style and toppings, and evaluated...

  • Cultivating a Hacker Ethic: Digital Citizenship at Innisfil Public Library

    At Innisfil Public Library, our vision is to spark ideas to ignite a creative and dynamic community. A central pillar of our current strategic plan is to "Cultivate a Hacker Ethic" through integrating technology into our services and spaces...

  • 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 trainin...

  • EveryoneOn: The Importance of Digital Literacy Skills

    On March 21, 2013 a new 3-year national public service campaign called EveryoneOn was launched. This campaign is run by the non-profit Connect2Compete (C2C), and is designed to promote the importance and value of digital literacy. Today, over 60 mill...

  • 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 ...