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!).

You can learn a lot from a chicken

When new projects first start, often teams feel a little unsure or unclear about what they're being asked to accomplish, conjuring up Gertrude Stein's, "there's no there, there," or maybe leaning more toward Bill Clinton's "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." At any rate, let's just say in the parlance of our time that you may have been a little fuzzy, like Gertrude and Bill once were.

Donate Your Brain!

We just launched an exciting new initiative called Donate Your Brain. It allows libraries, nonprofits, and other community organizations to quickly share technology knowledge.

Creating meaningful and useful Public Access Technology benchmarks

What do you think of when you hear the word, "benchmark"? From my experience, it evokes a range of emotional and intellectual responses. For many, it can sound a bit scary, like "job security for some of us (or the ditch we die in)."

Free Upcoming Webinars: Tech Donations, Grants, Green IT, and Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs

TechSoup has a lot of great webinars coming up in the next few weeks. Plus, they are all free! Learn about getting technology product donations for your library, winning grants, green IT opportunities, and evaluating digital literacy programs. More information and registrations links are on our events page.

Registering Your Organization
Wed., June 15, 2011 - 10:00am-11:00am Pacific, 11 Mountain, 12 Central, 1 Eastern

Technoverwhelmed? Stay mindful.

Yes, I made up that word. I'm not sure that it really works, but for this post, it evokes the multi-tasking, too much to keep track of world we inhabit where technology tends to overwhelm, rather than save time or complete tasks.

Participate in 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information regarding their computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and how they function as public access technology centers in their communities.

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.

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

There is a discussion on LITA-L* right now started by someone beginning to examine OSS ILS (free licensed software used for integrated library systems). Open source and libraries seem to complement each other so well. Libraries using these systems always stress the aspects of collaboration and innovation involved. Since your ILS is the primary point of entry for the public to access library resources, it is a great bonus to be able to update and make changes for your specific needs. If you have used a OSS ILS, what have you found are the strengths and weaknesses involved?

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