Audio Conferencing from BetterWorld

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Collaborate on conference calls using your existing phone system with BetterWorld's audio conferencing service. Just added to TechSoup, this service lets participants connect to an audio conference call from anywhere through a toll-free 800 number - no special software or hardware needed. Audio conferencing solutions are important for staff and volunteers spread across the state, country, and world. This offer from BetterWorld is for audio conferencing only.

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Cool App Roundup: Library Edition

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highlights how apps can help libraries connect with patrons and provide services in new ways. Many libraries accomplish this by. creating standalone apps or a mobile-friendly website and library. inspire libraries (and nonprofits!) the university library archives.

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Go Green with Video, Audio, and Web Conferencing

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Some interesting ones are: Skype — the overwhelming favorite free audio and video calling service internationally. So far, the Skype premium mobile phone app allows only group audio calls.

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Creating Digital Signs at Butler Library

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This post was authored by Matthew Maine, computer support technician at the Butler Area Public Library in Pennsylvania, and originally appeared on the TechSoup for Libraries Blog. Technological advances are forcing constant changes in libraries.

Guest Post: Nell Taylor on the Chicago Underground Library

Museum 2.0

Last month, I got a chance to talk with Nell Taylor, founder of the Chicago Underground Library. Someday we want to collect audio and video, too, but we’d need a pretty serious operating budget to do that and at least one full-time employee.

Free Webinar for Nonprofits in Asia Pacific! How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Successfully and Build Their Digital Libraries

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Next, the webinar highlights the need to create a video and digital photography library and demonstrates how to use Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker to create videos and slideshows for YouTube and Flickr.

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Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille. But, some companies want to empty the library shelves and insist that only books that can’t be purchased are allowed to be stocked in such libraries. Imagine what a regular library would look like if it couldn’t stock books that could be purchased by the general public! That would pretty much defeat the purpose of having a library.

Where to Find Great Free Music for a Video

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If you're creating a video, a podcast, an online training, or any other project that might benefit from adding some sweet tunes, the Free Music Archive (FMA) offers more than 80,000 free, completely legal-to-use audio downloads.

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Great reads from around the web on January 5th

Amy Sample Ward

" You can listen to the audio recording of the interview or read the transcript. " Tags: roundup 2009 book bookmarks branding democracy digital entrepreneurship free health innovation interviews library list literature microgiving politics postalicious reputation resources strategy video I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of January 5th).

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Attention all business book enthusiasts!


summarizes best-selling business books into short video, audio and text summaries and give you the most essential lessons from them. has included When Millennials Take Over to their library. Do you love to read? I do!

Private Foundations Are Now Eligible for Citrix Online Donations

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Here in TechSoup’s San Francisco office, we use audio and video conferencing every day to talk with people working remotely in the Bay Area, New York, or Seattle, as well as with our partner nonprofits around the world. Conducting training sessions on the road, or bringing constituents to you, are just some of the many ways Citrix is helping nonprofits and libraries.

Training Your Staff: Online Alternatives

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Another donated service, ReadyTalk , provides web and audio conferencing at an affordable annual subscription and low rates for callers once subscribed. With ReadyTalk , you can hold large web or audio conferences that can be held or listened to by anyone with an Internet connection. BetterWorld , another TechSoup partner, uses your existing phone system for audio conferencing at a low, per-minute, per-participant rate.

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Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Consider how the accessible online library Bookshare – an initiative of Benetech , a Silicon Valley non-profit that builds technology solutions addressing social problems – is transforming the lives of American students with print disabilities.

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Should You Podcast? | Idealware


By Laura Quinn , February 13, 2008 Podcasting is one of these social media tools that is getting a lot of buzz these days – it’s the ability to create an audio program that people can then listen to, or pull in routinely through something like iTunes. And the audience is pretty small – you need people who are familiar enough with technology to know what a podcast is and how to get it, and who also want to listen to a long audio program (commuters, say, or serious runners).

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Twelve years ago, the Fund made its first grant to Benetech, in support of the then newly launched Bookshare , our accessible online library for people with disabilities that get in the way of reading print, including visual impairments and dyslexia.

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New and Notable: What’s Coming With WordPress 4.9

Byte Technology

version introduced a whole bunch of new media widgets such as rich text, audio and video etc. Back in May, we took a look at what was coming down the line with the WordPress update 4.8.

Webinar Recap: Free Windows 7 Curriculum

Tech Soup Blog

Back in June, you may have seen a post from Stephanie Gerding on the TechSoup for Libraries blog about My PC , a free Windows 7 curriculum. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with My PC program manager Todd Watts on the TechSoup webinar, Free Windows 7 Curriculum: Basic Computer Training at Your Library or Nonprofit. You can now view the archive of this event , as well as the presentation slides, audio, and links now. Training Windows 7 Microsoft libraries

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

With a press of a virtual button, an ebook can be printed, displayed in large print (on a page or on a display), made into braille (on a page or on an electronic braille display), or read aloud as audio. Source Note Based on a Keynote Address to the 2017 Internet Archive Library Leaders Forum.

Bookshare Users Downloading Long-Awaited Apple e-Book App

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Graduate student Maria Georgakarakou, who is blind, gave us a rave review for the Read2Go app which allows those with print disabilities to listen to books in the DAISY audio format. Maria was especially excited about Read2Go’s navigation features that allow her to search and download accessible e-books from our Bookshare library directly to her iPad and iPhone. She predicted that the usability of Read2Go will encourage Bookshare members to read more books in the DAISY audio format.

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Rockstar Nairobi Social Entrepreneur

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare is our large digital library for students with disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia. We use digital ebooks at Bookshare’s core, which can easily be turned into braille, large print or digital audio (using synthetic speech technology). Carol Wanjiku is the CEO of Daproim.

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How To Find The Right Learning Management System For Employee Training?


An online library where all the e-content (such as reference materials) can be stored. Not just this, you will need to make sure that the employees get access to a range of content types, such as video, written and audio content. How To Find The Right Learning Management System For Employee Training. Employee training has always been one of the most important concerns of businesses around the world. But, traditional training methods consume much time and costs in the process.

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There was also an associated effort called the Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) project, to ease the exchange of accessible book files between libraries for the blind and print disabled. My biggest argument was the “library with holes” problem.

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Wouldn''t that create more demand for our Bookshare online library? If we and the publishing industry succeed in this, then libraries like Bookshare will gradually move to filling the same kind of secondary role that public libraries fulfill for the general public: access to books for those too poor to purchase them, or for those who need to do research and don''t care to purchase every book they consult.

Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As the nonprofit operator of Bookshare ,the world’s largest online library for people who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic, or have a physical disability that prevents them from reading books, Benetech strongly recommends the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty.

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Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Bookshare also provides free reading technologies and apps for members to read the books they want in a variety of formats, including DAISY Text, DAISY Audio, Braille Ready Format, and MP3, on the device of their choice.

Can You Use Your Own Photos on Your Website? Maybe Not

Tech Soup Blog

They also help demonstrate the human impact of nonprofits' and libraries' work. This means that the rules for consent apply not only to photos, but also to videos and audio recordings. How to Get Consent for Photos, Videos, and Audio.

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What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

However, as the founder of the Bookshare online library, we have a great deal at stake in how the Treaty gets implemented. Plus, it will especially help countries with less-developed libraries and services for people with disabilities by making it easier to tap large collections (like Bookshare) in other countries. So, this means books, periodicals and other similar textual works, including audio versions of those titles.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

What began as a small online library, with a collection built in large part by its users, is now the primary national supplier of electronic accessible educational materials for students with print disabilities. For those who want to use audio with other mobile devices or DAISY players, we have added DAISY audio and MP3 format download capability for all of our titles, in addition to our existing DAISY text and Braille Ready Format (BRF) options.

Two plus hours with the Friends of Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Earlier this week I was invited to speak on an on-line conference by the Friends of Benetech, an independent support group for our digital library for people with print disabilities. They have a neat technology for an on-line audio and text chat room. There were more than fifty people on-line with us, and the entire talk was recorded and placed on the web. I love this kind of opportunity that technology makes possible.

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Big Meeting on the Treaty this Week!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is why the making of accessible books is a classic example of market failure: if publishers could make a lot of money selling braille, large print, audio, and fully accessible textbooks, we wouldn’t need a copyright exception. The goal of the Treaty is to provide access to the great accessible libraries of wealthier countries, as well as make it legally possible to make local content accessible in each country.

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10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The application allows any user to send information—including photos, videos, audio, or text—simply and securely to a Martus account. Our Bookshare online library is continuing to multiply its impact. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our Bookshare library is allowed to scan just about any book needed by a person who is blind or print-disabled: we now have 190,000 of the most in-demand books and textbooks needed in accessible forms like braille, large print, and audio output. This poison pill says that if a book is commercially available in an accessible format, it can''t be provided by a library to a person with a disability.

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On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Betsy Beaumon I recently had the honor to speak at the first-ever Braille Summit , hosted on June 19-21, 2013 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and Perkins School for the Blind.

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Today You Get a Fresh Start on TechSoup Donation Requests

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A new year is a fresh start for you and your nonprofit, charity, or library. Adobe's powerful tools allow you to edit images, design websites, publish newsletters, create video and audio productions, and more. Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

Losing Mobile Users? Easy Mobile-Website Builder Can Help You: New TechSoup Program

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With an exponential increase in people accessing the Internet on mobile devices, the nonprofits, charities, and libraries that don't have a website optimized for mobile devices or that haven't created a separate mobile website risk irritating — or losing — their supporters.

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11 Tips to Get Your Nonprofit Live on Facebook

NonProfit Hub

Check the video and audio quality. For example, the New York Public Library broadcasted a special story time in front of City Hall. John Haydon is one of the most sought-after digital marketing experts for nonprofits and charities.

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In my Fall 2011 President's Update , I mentioned some of our incredible recent achievements in this core program, including the amazing milestones of our Bookshare library. These will enable educators to easily assign accessible books to students, and allow students to access these materials – available in mp3 and DAISY audio – on multiple devices of their choosing, whether at home, on the move, or at school.

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Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Before Benetech was founded, blind people were read to either in person by a family member, volunteer, or paid reader, or via audio cassette tape. Bookshare is terrific, but it’s fundamentally a separate system where a specialized library becomes the primary source of books for its patrons.

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Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A broad functional definition of disability (although awkwardly drafted, as someone who participated in the drafting) including the visually impaired as well as those who “need an accessible format … in order to access a copyright work to substantially the same degree as a person without a disability.” • A broad definition of formats, including Braille, audio, large print, digital text, and video with audio description.

Record Your Grandma's Stories: StoryCorps' National Day of Listening is Nov. 27

Have Fun - Do Good

StoryCorps provides a free, downloadable Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide , as well as an Education Toolkit to use in a classroom or library, and a Community Service Toolkit to use in, "veteran’s hospitals, senior centers, homeless shelters, and other community centers."

This Just In: Wireless Headsets from

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Cut the cord with discounted Sennheiser OfficeRunner wireless headsets , now available to eligible nonprofits and public libraries at TechSoup. ” Compare Audio Conferencing Tools Available from TechSoup. Once you have your headset, put it to work some of the donated and discounted audio conferencing services available to nonprofits and libraries through TechSoup. BetterWorld Audio Conferencing. Audio and Web Conferencing.

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Design, Create, and Inspire with Adobe Creative Cloud

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Creative Cloud is the evolution of Creative Suite: a suite of design applications for creating graphics, video, audio, and interactive content for print, the web, and mobile devices. TechSoup is proud to announce the newest product in the Adobe donation program: Creative Cloud.

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Use TechSoup's Content for Free!

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Content created by TechSoup is available to reuse by any nonprofit or library (for free!), We think this kind of information sharing is the essence of nonprofits and libraries' collaborative spirit. We hope you like our content, and we want you to use it!