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Continuing Education Resources for Library Staff

EDGE COHORTS

Digital Inclusion Action Cohort

A six-month long digital inclusion cohort designed to support libraries in actively addressing COVID-19 recovery by addressing the digital divide and advancing digital inclusion in their communities.

Register by January 7, 2022 to participate!

Desired outcomes for participants

  • Grow an evaluation culture, build capacity for and advance outcome measurement in the public library sector.
  • Enable libraries to better serve their communities by harnessing the power of data to make informed decisions.
  • Help libraries expand the reach of the technology services that they deliver to their communities, including expanding digital networks and purchasing hotspots, computers and digital content.
  • Demonstrate public libraries’ vital role in bridging the digital divide and advancing digital inclusion and equity in their communities.

Participants are expected to:

  • Register for the cohort
  • Complete pre- and post-evaluation surveys
  • If new to using the Edge assessment, complete the following asynchronous training:
    • Assessment Building Blocks – A webinar series that guides participants in completing each section of the Edge Assessment and highlights how other libraries have used the Edge Assessment to create change, improve services and increase funding. The webinars will focus on:
      • Community Value
      • Engaging the Community and Decision Makers
      • Organizational Management
  • Complete the Edge Assessment
  • Attend live, online sessions: 
    • Understanding Digital Equity (Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:00p PT) – A stage-setting introduction that highlights the role of public libraries in breaking down barriers to equitable digital opportunities and experiences. This session will map out the greatest challenges and opportunities for fostering digital equity as communities begin to move forward from the pandemic.
    • Measuring the Digital Divide Three facilitated peer discussions that will support participants in discovering new ways to understand and visualize digital access in their community, including: 
      • Understanding Broadband Access (Thursday, February 17, 2022, 1:00p PT)
      • Determining Device Access (Thursday, March 17, 2022, 1:00 PT)
      • Assessing Digital Literacy (Thursday, April 14, 2022, 1:00p PT)
    • Assessing Community Needs (Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1:00p PT) – A training course that helps participants develop and deploy a basic community needs assessment and apply results to enhance decision making and action planning around community needs and goals.
    • Insights to Action workshops – these workshops will guide participants in exploring a variety of service and resource models (hot spots, Chromebook Bundles, Digital Navigators) and determine which would best expand the reach of library services and advance digital inclusion in their communities. The workshops will include:
      • Developing Goals (Thursday, June 2, 2022, 1:00p PT)
      • Selecting Service and Resource Models (Thursday, June 9, 2022)

Register by January 7, 2022 to participate!

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

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Data Fluency Cohort

A six-month data fluency cohort designed to build staff capacity to access, understand and use various data sources including Edge.

Register by January 7, 2022 to participate!

Desired outcomes for participants:

  • Increase libraries’ capacity and skill to collect and analyze data.
  • Improve libraries’ ability to make informed, evidence-based decisions on resource allocation, staffing, and procurement.
  • Enhance libraries’ skills to use timely and relevant data to demonstrate the value of technology investments to stakeholders, decision-makers and local leaders.
  • Build a community of in-state Edge users catalyzing innovation, ideas and best practices.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Register for the cohort
  • Complete pre- and post-evaluation surveys  
  • If new to using the Edge assessment, complete the following asynchronous training:
    • Assessment Building Blocks – A webinar series that guides participants in completing each section of the Edge Assessment and highlights how other libraries have used the Edge Assessment to create change, improve services and increase funding. The webinars will focus on:
      • Community Value
      • Engaging the Community and Decision Makers
      • Organizational Management
  • Complete the Edge Assessment
  • Attend five facilitated peer discussions that will support work in finding, analyzing and using various data sources to inform decisions and communicate effectively with stakeholders to demonstrate how their work is essential in the COVID-19 recovery. The workshops will include:
    • What is Data Fluency (Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 1:00p)
    • Community Data (Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 1:00p)
    • Library Data (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 1:00p)
    • Program Data (Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 1:00p)
    • Data Storytelling (Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 1:00p)
  • Attend the Insights to Action workshops to guide libraries in analyzing Edge and community data, creating goals and taking action to achieve community outcomes. The workshops will include:
    • Developing Goals (Thursday, June 2, 2022, 1:00p)
    • Selecting Service and Resource Models (Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:00p)
  • Complete a capstone project by applying the data skillset developed over the course of six months, creating an Edge Progress Snapshot and using it in a five-minute mock presentation before cohort peers. (Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 1:00p)

Register by January 7, 2022 to participate!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

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Edge Cohort Program for Public Libraries

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceLast year 11 public libraries participated in Oregon’s first Edge cohort with a focus on Data Fluency. Edge is a subscription service that enables libraries to harness the power of data to make informed decisions, better serve their communities and clearly demonstrate their community leadership role.

Over the course of last year, participants used Edge and additional data sources to build their capacity to access, analyze, and leverage data; develop goals and action plans; and use data to form or strengthen partnerships with local leaders. Participants met online numerous times to learn, discuss, and share how to become “data leaders” in their library. They increased their capacity to answer questions, identify opportunities, inform decisions, and communicate with stakeholders by leveraging the information at their disposal from ILS systems to web page analytics to demographic data.

For the upcoming year, the State Library of Oregon will be sponsoring two programs: a second Data Fluency cohort and a new Digital Inclusion Action cohort. The latter program has been created expressly to:

  • Enable public library staff to grow an evaluation culture, build capacity, and advance outcome measurements
  • Empower public libraries to expand their reach of technology services that they deliver to their communities, including expanding digital networks and purchasing hotspots, computers, and digital content
  • Assist public libraries in demonstrating their vital role in bridging the digital divide and advancing digital inclusion and equity in their communities

Participants will meet online from January through June of 2022 and complete several activities throughout the course of both programs.

One member from last year’s cohort noted that there were “great groups and conversations, and it was very helpful to see what other libraries around the state were doing” while a second participant shared, “I believe the Edge platform, toolkits, webinars, and staff are valuable in assisting libraries to assess their needs and put plans into action to benefit the communities served”.