2014 / Look Through Your Community Lens: Technology Planning


2014 / Look Through Your Community Lens: Technology Planning

Lourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager, Edge, Urban Libraries Council

Crystal Schimpf, Librarian, Kixel

Edge was developed with an understanding of the challenges libraries face today. Technology demands and challenges are different for every library, just as each community has unique needs and demographics. By participating in this session, attendees will be introduced to and discuss a framework to think about and authentically evaluate their current services and identify opportunities for improvement based on community need. This session will be built on the framework of the Edge that assesses technology based on community value, engaging the community and organizational management. From this shared understanding, participants will begin to build their resources to connect their technology to their community outcomes including advocating for technology and building partnerships. Central to this discussion, each participant will share solutions and best practices in using technology to advance learning. 

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Speaker Bio

Lourdes Aceves
Senior Program Manager – Edge
Urban Libraries Council (US)

Lourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager for the Edge Initiative at the Urban Libraries Council, managed the development of a robust online toolkit that helps libraries use the Edge benchmarks in strategic and technology planning, as well as in strengthening partnerships with local leaders. She currently leads her organization’s engagement efforts with the library field. Lourdes’ background in project management spans the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Her experience includes helping launch Illinois’ Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Program, a $445m  federally funded foreclosure prevention program, serving the U.S. State Department in Serbia and corporate security for United Airlines post-9/11.

Twitter: @UrbanLibCouncil   @LibraryEdge

Crystal Schimpf

Crystal Schimpf is a librarian and a trainer with a passion for digital literacy and technology issues. As co-founder of Kixal, she provides collaborative, transformative training for libraries and nonprofits. She has provided training on projects for the Urban Libraries Council’s Edge Initiative, the Public Library Association, TechSoup, the Colorado State Library, Community Technology Network, and the R-Squared Conference.

Twitter: @crystalschimpf

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Comment by Michelle Frisque on June 25, 2014 at 4:59
Comment by Crystal Schimpf on June 23, 2014 at 22:53

Here are the links to our session materials:

PPT Slide Deck

Community Needs Assessment Worksheet


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