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Your Library's Guide to Hardware from TechSoup

Your Library's Guide to Hardware from TechSoup

TechSoup's hardware selection is growing! Check out this list of programs, partners, and special hardware offers to help you find all the equipment you need to maximize your library's public access computers and technology services.

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Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public

Why Public Libraries Need to Proactively Teach Chromebooks to the Public

Ten years ago, I started my current public library job in Takoma Park, Maryland. Soon after I started the job, several Hurricane Katrina refugees arrived at my public library. It's scary to lose your entire city to a hurricane. When you show up in a new city, it's vital that the people you meet welcome you as valued members of their community.

One of these refugees, Desiree, was a wheelchair user. When she asked me for help in obtaining a donated computer, I put her at the front of my list of waiting recipients. When a donated Dell desktop came in, I set it up for her in her apartment and told her to contact me when it wasn't working.

Over the years, I visited her apartment to provide tech support, but I didn't feel the burden of tech support as being heavy – until she obtained a Google Chromebook.

Discounted Computer Program Now Open to Libraries

Discounted Computer Program Now Open to Libraries

Good news.  For awhile now, we at TechSoup (parent organization to the MaintainIT Project) have been working with our corporate partners to open more donation programs to public libraries.  In the past year, software donations from Symantec, NOZA, and ot

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