13 January 2017 - 5:35pm | by Megan Keane

Man reading Storm of Swords

It is hard to believe we are already midway through January of 2017! The new year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plant seeds for the year ahead.

As you put those New Year's resolutions into action, be sure to check out these learning opportunities, resources, and insights from the library world.

13 January 2017 - 7:36am | by Cynthia Adams

 Teammates high-fiving

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We're sharing it here so libraries, like nonprofits, can benefit from the latest grantseeking tips.

My final blog post concerning themes grantseekers should understand in 2017 is about being bold. It is time to experiment with new ways of solving social or environmental problems. To use a much overused word, it is time to think innovatively.

12 January 2017 - 8:35am | by Cynthia Adams

Team of people joining hands in a circle

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We thought our library community could also benefit from Cynthia Adams' advice on grantseeking trends.

In my last blog I talked a bit about transparency and how it will apply to organizations seeking grant awards in 2017. In this post I would like to share my thinking around the importance of demonstrating to the grantmaker that your organization reaches out to, and includes, varying cultures.

Over the past several decades, inclusion has been a hot button for both grantmakers and grantseekers. But recently it has taken on new significance — and I would say new meaning — for many of us.

I think we have all come to realize that just adding a minority seat to your board of directors, or consciously making an attempt to fill that open position with someone from a different cultural background, simply isn’t enough. Both our boards and our staff, not to mention our membership, need to reflect the cultures of the communities where we work and live.

11 January 2017 - 8:33am | by Cynthia Adams

Group of people working together

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blogWe thought our library audience would appreciate Cynthia Adams' advice on how to improve their grantseeking efforts.

For the past nine years, my husband and I have spent the winter months in Baja, Mexico. After 40 years in Alaska, we figure we can handle a few warm winters. One of the best things about my time here each year is taking long walks along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and actually spending time thinking (a rare commodity for any of us these days).

I decided, on my latest foray along the cliffs, to write a series of blogs focusing on the overarching themes that I feel are important for every nonprofit organization to know about and understand as we move into 2017.

9 January 2017 - 4:53pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

Innovative Libraries Online Conference logo

If you're attending the Innovative Libraries Online Conference (ILOC) on January 19, stop by our (virtual) booth in the exhibit hall.

4 January 2017 - 3:11pm | by Susan Hope Bard

Team of people reviewing design layouts

Do you wake up in a cold tech sweat when you know you'll have to adjust an image of your library director for an annual report, post photos on your website from an event, or create an invitation to your library foundation's gala affair? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you are in the design doldrums.

23 December 2016 - 9:52am | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

Snowflake

Wishing you a happy and peaceful holiday.

We'll be taking some holiday downtime ourselves. TechSoup Customer Service will be closed from Friday, December 23, at 12 p.m. Pacific time through Monday, January 2, 2017. We will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

19 December 2016 - 1:27pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

"Our library doesn't have a social worker. We're all social workers here," says Todd Stephens, county librarian, Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

His libraries take what he calls a "tender and attentive" approach to supporting patrons who are homeless. This approach informs everything from security staff training to public access computer policies and much more.

Check out the library spotlight to learn how they do it.

12 December 2016 - 12:00am | by Megan Keane

Open book with yellow 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!

November was quite the month to say the least, what with the aftermath of the elections in the United States. I've found a lot of comfort, hope, and guidance from the response in library circles. Here's a roundup of the latest links, news, and library resources to recover and cope after the tumultuous political season.

9 December 2016 - 5:02pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

Ever wonder what your fellow librarians are interested in learning? Here are the top 5 TechSoup webinars your fellow libraries tuned into in 2016.

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