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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.

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.

2 November 2016 - 8:30am | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

If you're attending the California Library Association conference in Sacramento this week, we'd love to see you. We'll be at table 527 in the exhibit hall.

Stop by and tell us what your library is up to and how TechSoup for Libraries can help.

Meet the TechSoup Team

19 September 2016 - 3:21pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

This blog post was originally published on the TechSoup.org blog. Whether you're looking for more creative ways to show your circulation data or want to educate your patrons on data visualization, this series can help you get started. You'll be creating awesome visualizations in no time!

Better ways to visualize your data, including bar charts, line charts, scatterplots, and maps

We know nonprofits and libraries gather piles of data, from program outcomes to constituent data to fundraising or advocacy campaign results. And you probably struggle to turn that data into meaningful insights that can improve your work or tell your organization's story.

That's why TechSoup has partnered with Tableau on a new blog series called "Beyond the Pie Chart."

Have you ever

  • Struggled to translate a bunch of boring spreadsheets into a visual format that's easy for your board, funders, or potential donors to understand?
  • Tried to create a report and couldn't find a chart or graph that would clearly illustrate your point?
  • Thought that analyzing your data was complicated or scary?

Then this series is for you!

25 August 2016 - 2:46pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

To access TechSoup's new online course, you'll need to create an account on our training platform.

Here's how you do it.

1. Go to https://techsoup.course.tc/.

2. Create a training account. You need to create this new training account the first time you access the training platform, even if you're already a TechSoup member.

On the login page, click Need an account? Register now!

screenshot showing Need an Account? Register now! link

18 August 2016 - 1:27pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

sunset over the ocean

OK, I may have exaggerated a tiny bit. But if you're not relaxing on a sandy beach, why not learn some new tech skills?

Office Productivity in the Cloud

On August 18, learn about the ins and outs of using cloud office productivity tools, the benefits and limitations, and get help deciding whether your organization should make the switch.

Clear up the cloud

Training Your Staff on Technology: TechSoup Resources

Join TechSoup on August 23 for a tour of training resources available to help your nonprofit, library, church, and foundation staffers increase their technology literacy and grow their tech skills. Plus, you'll get a sneak preview of our first free online curriculum to help you become a better tech trainer.

Be a better trainer

13 July 2016 - 9:51am | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

The following blog post recaps a NetSquared Toronto presentation by Sarah Lesh, a front-end web developer at hjc. You can watch her full, in-depth presentation. As coding is becoming a necessary skill for libraries, we thought this blog post might be useful our audience. 

The Internet can be a confusing place, and often Internet concepts, like coding a website, may seem complicated and overwhelming. That's why we invited Sarah Lesh, a front-end web developer at hjc, to explain the basics of coding, specifically HTML, CSS, and Javascript. But first ...

30 June 2016 - 9:44am | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. Because Microsoft products are some of the most popular among libraries, we thought this article might be useful for requesting and downloading software. 

 

two people looking at Microsoft software on a laptop

The Microsoft Software Donation Program is by far the most popular of TechSoup's many donation programs. Here's a quick guide to getting the most out of your Microsoft donation requests.

1. Maximize the Number of Microsoft Products You Request

First off, you should know that there's a maximum allotment of Microsoft software donations that eligible organizations can request every two years. Your two-year cycle begins with your first Microsoft donation request. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment is available.

If you aren't sure when your two-year cycle began or how many more donations you can request during the current cycle, there's an easy way to check. Just go to My Microsoft Donation Center. You'll need to log in to your TechSoup account to see it.

Go to My Microsoft Donation Center

 

10 June 2015 - 3:42pm | by Ariel Gilbert-Knight

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. As our fiscal year comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on what resonated with our members this year. While some issues, such as Internet security and technology training, might resonate stronger with libraries than say, crowdfunding, we thought you'd find this list interesting. 

Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit community, found most interesting in 2014–2015.

Here are the top 10 reasons you tuned in to the TechSoup blog this year.

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