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4 September 2019 - 10:25am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great Twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer news on the free third annual library 2.0 virtual conference on emerging library technology, how the 2020 census will affect public libraries, the first IMLS grant for esports (that we know of), Microsoft closing its e-bookstore, Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols heralding the end of tablet computers, and the weirdest library of things collection in America. OK. We admit it. We like our library tech news to be useful but a bit on the weird side here at TechSoup for Libraries.

2 August 2019 - 3:21am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun news items from our great Twitter feed or wherever we find them.

This month we humbly offer a nice recap of the entire ALA 2019 Conference, news on some new ALA intellectual freedom resources, hitting the alarm about how big publishers are choking off access to digital content for libraries, the top 10 books written by librarians, social services case management Oklahoma style, and the quest by two enterprising fellows to visit and rank every public library In Massachusetts and beyond! We hope you enjoy our completely random batch of Newsbytes this time around!

10 July 2019 - 4:38am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer news on the new crowdfunding platform just for libraries courtesy of EveryLibrary, lactation pods for nursing moms in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the library-sponsored drag prom for LGBTQ+ kids in Arlington, Massachusetts. Also find out about the free Library Extension browser add-on that tells you which books on Amazon are at your local library, 19 oddball secrets of public librarians courtesy of Mental Floss, and David Lee King's library-centric take on the new Pew Research report on mobile technology and home broadband adoption. We hope you enjoy our curious selection of Newsbytes this time around!

3 June 2019 - 6:33am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer nothing less than the state of America's libraries in 2019 and the hot debate in Colorado on whether libraries should get into the local news business. On a more practical level, check out the new free U.K. cybersecurity tool to discover your vulnerabilities, how Canadians are reinventing tool lending libraries, some DIY makerspace game ideas for teens, and how the Contra Costa and Santa Barbara libraries in California have joined the movement to eliminate overdue fines.

30 April 2019 - 6:42am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun news items from our great Twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer news about the new Emilio Estevez movie The Public, the new #Booklover Community, how the Tel Aviv Library became a tech incubator, the New York University City Health Dashboard to find out how your community is doing, the ultimate glossary of social media words every librarian should know, and the latest puzzling Pew Research on why we get our news from social media. We hope you enjoy our curious batch of Newsbytes this time around!

8 April 2019 - 7:10am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun news items from wherever we find them.

This month we offer an overview of the "libraries as social services organizations" trend across the country, the super green library in Long Island, a heads-up on the Save the Internet Act of 2019, librarian David Lee King's emerging trends for 2019, and some day-in-the-life gems of life as a librarian from BuzzFeed. We hope you enjoy our batch of Newsbytes this time around!

4 March 2019 - 6:51am | by Jim Lynch

Cleveland Library Card

What's new in library tech! We've taken a break for a few months from our monthly collection of fun news items from wherever we find them, but we're back!.

This month we cover the coolest library cards from around the world, the state of libraries and the open data movement, a wrap-up of the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the launch of the EveryLibrary One Million Americans For Libraries Campaign, apps to better understand and control our smartphone use (which I badly need), and news about 3D-printed houses. We hope you heard it here first! We hope you enjoy our batch of newsbytes this time around!

1 February 2019 - 7:14am | by Jim Lynch

A tired man in business suit sleeping in a Japan Railway train

If you're looking for a new theme that is a little different to spruce up your library for late winter, we modestly propose a celebration of World Sleep Day. This fairly new commemorative day was established in 2008 by the nonprofit World Sleep Society and will be on March 15, 2019.

14 January 2019 - 5:54am | by Jim Lynch

A library patron using a mobile device near a book shelf

Here are TechSoup's library tech predictions for 2019. We forecast patron interest in controlling their privacy, particularly for Facebook, how to deal with the now universal fact of cyberbullying, graphic design trends, the state of fake news, tips on updating your media lab and makerspace and, as always, our favorite bleeding-edge tech you'll want to be super careful with. All that plus Ida Joiner's LITA Top Technology Trends Committee predictions. Get ready for 2019!

11 January 2019 - 6:05am | by Jim Lynch

Library patrons using computers

From 1997 to 2018, the Gates Library Foundation (a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) invested $1 billion over 21 years in public libraries both domestically and globally. Its investments have ensured that millions of people around the world have better access to digital tools that can help improve their lives. The program has left a powerful legacy, nothing less than bringing digital inclusion to many thousands of public libraries and their patrons around the world. TechSoup is deeply proud to have had the chance to work with the Gates Foundation to empower public libraries everywhere.