Library Journal

Focus on success, not survival.

This morning I was truly fired up after reading fundraising literature and thinking of ways libraries can easily implement many of the ideas used successfully by nonprofits. One thing that was mentioned several times was the importance of not asking for money, but instead sharing stories of people impacted by the organization and then presenting an opportunity to help or contribute to a specific program or project.

Two (free) fantastic online learning opportunities

There are many oppportunities for free online learning in the library world, including of course, TechSoup webinars! Coming up in the next few weeks two events caught my eye that I'm particularly excited about: WebJunction's 2-day online conference, Trends in Library Training and Learning, and Library Journal's The Post Recession Library: Why Technology is No Longer a Luxury, featuring R. David Lankes (great speaker!).

To Vend or Not to Vend?

About a year ago, I helped edit A Swedish Book Kiosk Travels to Rural California, a Library Spotlight article written by Loren McCrory, director of the Yuba County Library. The article described Loren’s experience acquiring and installing two self-service library vending machines in her library system.

Library's Movers and Shakers: Give Kudos to Yours

Full disclosure: I'm a nonprofit gal. My background and work as a professional and volunteer has always been with nonprofits and for the social service community. It's part of why I love working for TechSoup. I was a TechSoup user at three small nonprofits prior to joining the team and by being part of it, I get to hold a teeny piece of helping other nonprofits around the country and world which are doing great work for their communities.