outreach

Can My Library Use That Image?

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Librarians are naturally sensitive to copyright issues, but sometimes image permissions can be downright confusing. Here are some resources to help you determine which images are okay to use for your library's outreach efforts and marketing materials. 

cat looking at a cat picture on a computer monitor

With so many cute cat photos on the Internet, it's tempting to just grab one and use it on your website. But what are the rules and where can you get good public domain or Creative Commons images to spice up your website?

With the rise of visual social media (like Pinterest and Instagram), a clear trend in digital communications is more images and fewer words — even if you are communicating through your website or an email newsletter.

Top 10 Sources for Free Images for Your Library's Website or Newsletter

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. If you use marketing collateral, such as a newsletter, a Facebook page, or fliers for your outreach, you need good images to go along with it. But you also need to make sure that these images are okay to use. So where do you begin? We made a list of 10 free image sources to help you get started in your search. 

photo of red poppies on laptop screen

There are more places than ever to get free images that are entirely OK for you to use for your communications. Here are 10 sources for images you can freely use on your website or other communications channels. The following list is no particular order.

Libraries Transforming Lives: The Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, CO

At R-Squared, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Janine Reid, director of the High Plains Library District in Greeley, CO. She shared a bit with me about the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) lab at the Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Taking tech training out of the library: Mobile labs and more

One of my favorite things that I'm working on right now is a webinar series for TechSoup for Libraries based on the Edge Initiative Benchmarks. It's an opportunity to find out about and highlight some great examples of technology services in libraries.

To Market, To Zoo: The Wonderful Things Librarians Will Do

During Wednesday's e-reader webinar, we discussed the recent Pew study "Libraries, patrons, and e-books", which discovered that 48% of all owners of e-book reading devices such as original Kindles and NOOKs say they do not know if their library lends e-books.

Library Savings Calculator -- How much is your libary worth to patrons?

I'm a big fan of calculators such as the IT Staff Calculator
that Lori Ayres developed for planning and estimating your IT staff
needs. They're not perfect of course, but they give you a sense of the
big picture and whether your projections line up with the experiences
of other libraries.

Books to the people -- Library-a-Go-Go style!

I'm now in San Francisco at the MaintainIT/TechSoup offices, after having attended the NetSquared conference in San Jose. Post-conference my head is full of ideas about technology and innovation and potential connections. I think there's value in stepping outside of our own specific world of libraries now and then to look at what's happening with technology in other fields. What's happening in the corporate world, for example? Or, as I explored at NetSquared, what's happening in the larger world of non-profits?

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