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Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs

Making is all the rage in libraries nowadays. But what if you want to fix something that's broken? Repair programs are an opportunity to teach patrons new skills while fixing technology, electronics, clothing, and other household items. Repair programs also help reduce waste by fixing items that would otherwise be thrown away.

PLA 2014: What We Learned and Who Inspired Us

It's incredible that the Public Library Association (PLA) conference was only three days because I learned so much. Between working the TechSoup for Libraries booth (great to meet you!) and attending sessions, I came home from Indianapolis with a fresh perspective on public libraries and technology. 

Do what you do best: helping after a storm

Libraries often play a big part in the moments and months after a natural disaster. Mostly, libraries offer refuge, comfort, and contact; they're a warm place with big hearts filled with folks who know how to find help. But after those first few days of extreme need, what else can libraries offer?

Partnerships are a Win-Win Strategy

The Auburn Public Library has forged a significant collaboration with Best Buy over the last year.

US Public Libraries and BTOP: A New Report from ALA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP ) to increase broadband access and adoption in the US. State and public libraries have been critical partners in many of these projects. This May 2013 report from American Library Association (ALA) looks at library projects around the country, exploring the impact on communities.

Read and share this report to "Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library"

Learn how public libraries can partner with local governments to support important community issues such as economic development, public safety, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, education, and literacy. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, awarded grants to nine jurisdictions to develop programs that help communities strengthen government and library partnerships and develop strategic and innovative library programming. ICMA's recent report,  

BTOP Projects at Work: Building Successful Intercultural Partnerships

Last week I shared some ideas about how to identify partners likely to help your organization and community development BTOP project succeed. Our efforts to build partnerships with entrepreneurial community development organizations have been fairly straightforward: Encuentro and La Comunidad Habla share many of our organization’s communication norms and practices.  Creating effective partnerships with public libraries has, however, not been as easy to do.

BTOP Projects at Work: Making the Most of Government Partnerships

Providing services in underserved and remote areas can be difficult without support systems. In such communities, leveraged resources and partnerships can range from helpful to downright critical. Maine’s state library and a non-profit organization in Washington are using NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding and partnerships with government agencies to attain their goals despite challenging circumstances.

BTOP Projects at Work: Successful Partnerships

Finding the right community development partners can be difficult for non-profit organizations. Sometimes, because resources are scarce, non-profit leaders compete with one another when they should collaborate.  Fortunately, as we launched the Spanish language components of our Small Business Success Series, I could turn to people with whom I had worked successfully over the past decade: Sara Nelson, Founder of La Comunidad Habla, and Andrea Plaza, Founder of Encuentro.  Both these women are bold, visionary, and willing to partner to get their programs built and accomplish their goals.

BTOP Projects at Work: Fast Forward New Mexico’s Small Business Success Training

America didn’t invent entrepreneurship - but we sure do love it here.  Even President Obama is getting on the entrepreneurship bandwagon, announcing new programs to spur technology innovation that will lead to new companies being formed and hopefully, more jobs. 

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