21 April 2017 - 10:22am | by Crystal Schimpf

The Solution: Training and Empowerment

Library services rely heavily on technology, but many libraries face the challenge of staying up to date with technology, especially when it comes to basic information technology (I.T.) concepts. While libraries may have I.T. managers or access to I.T. services, few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts. Having adequate training can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons.

21 April 2017 - 7:32am | by Megan Keane

Library book with a TechSoup bookmark

Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we'll share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

13 April 2017 - 1:28pm | by Jim Lynch

Child using an e-reader

We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety. The guide includes online safety tips for children less than five years of age all the way up through teenage years.

7 April 2017 - 9:24am | by Phil Shapiro

A windows logo and a gold dollar symbol outweighing a linux logo on a scale

Like everyone, I have my preferences about the hardware and software I like. I think it is natural to want others to share your tastes. My Somali-American programmer friend has taught me to be more open-minded. Here is how that happened.

6 April 2017 - 12:00am | by Sarah Washburn

#SaveIMLS - Thanks to The Institute of Museum and Library Services data, TechSoup has made a larger impact. Served 9,521 libraries; Provided 178,782,415 dollars (FMV) in tech to libraries; Saved libraries 169,542,344 dollars

At TechSoup, our work is never solitary. We benefit from the resources, brainpower, and strength of organizations and individuals to help us support NGOs and public libraries worldwide. Our relationships boost our impact far beyond what we might have achieved alone.

24 March 2017 - 9:36am | by Adam Lui

Woman working on laptop in city park

This is the third of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here. Find the second part on audio enhancements here.

23 March 2017 - 8:33am | by Jim Lynch

Sunnyvale Public Library exterior

Sunnyvale, California, is pretty much ground zero for high tech in the U.S. and Silicon Valley. The small city is 40 miles south of San Francisco and is the home of companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn. You'll also find aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and NASA's Ames Research Center. What does a public library do in such a place? The answer may surprise you. Plus, they have discovered a low-cost way to start up a multimedia lab. Meet Sunnyvale Public Library.

20 March 2017 - 1:28pm | by Megan Keane

Bookmark in book

Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we'll share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

16 March 2017 - 1:24pm | by Crystal Schimpf

Libraries should be engaged with their local social sector community. Social sector organizations are a critical part of the community because they provide much-needed services. They also make great programming partners and library advocates, and they may be part of your referral network for library patrons. The social sector is also a huge part of the economy, accounting for 10.3 percent of all private sector employment.

8 March 2017 - 7:21am | by Stephanie Gerding

Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians

I want to announce to all TechSoup for Libraries readers that Pamela MacKellar and I have just published the second edition of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. It is published by ALA Neal-Schuman. We sincerely hope that you like the new edition!

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