Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

I’m in Austin, TX, today engaging with librarians, digital curators, and technologists working at the nexus of communities and knowledge at the Electronic Resources and Libraries annual conference. Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation. When it comes to innovation in civil society, there is nothing that can match the speed and ingenuity of communities that come together to make a change, develop a tool, or feed a need. Why Community?

How Libraries Use Social Media

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Nearly all brands have a social presence, and libraries are no different. Libraries are using social platforms now more than ever before. The New York Public Library has 2.2 We wanted to know how often libraries are using platforms and what some of their biggest challenges are.

Small Library — Big Service to the Community

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How the Natalia Library Helps Patrons Improve Their Lives. The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library serves the small town of Natalia, Texas. With extremely limited resources, librarian Amy Edge must make difficult decisions every day about what her library can provide.

Electronic Resources and Libraries Annual Conference

Amy Sample Ward

Description : Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. And when the community changes, there’s an opportunity for the institution and the service to change or not to change. Nonprofit organizations, local and federal governments, campaigners and even businesses are trying to innovate at the speed of communities. Libraries can and should be doing the same. Date : February 28th-March 2nd, 2011.

How the Providence Community Library Loans Out Internet for Patrons to Take Home

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The more I look, the more I see nonprofit technology innovation happening in libraries, especially in the area of digital inclusion innovation. The Providence Community Library is a case in point. where libraries and nonprofits can get the hotsopts at $15 (or less) per hotspot device, and then $10 per month (prepaid) for unlimited 4G Internet service.

National Library Week and Bookshare

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Guest Blog from Amy McNeely, Bookshare Librarian This past week, April 12th through April 18th, was National Library Week. Every year, the American Library Association picks a different theme for the occasion. This year’s theme was “Worlds connect @ your library.” Bookshare is a unique library. I’ve been working in libraries for nine years. I’ve walked through a few libraries, but I can say that Bookshare is unique within my experience. Library 2.0

Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

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Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Ann Awakuni will share her experience planning multiple e-reader fairs while working at the Mountain View Public Library (California).

5 Ways Libraries Support Disaster Relief and Recovery

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The Saskatoon Public Library opened its doors to these evacuees, and staff members stepped up their efforts to help the evacuees communicate with their family and friends. Staffers also let people from outside of Saskatoon check out books from the library and access other services.

Google+ for Nonprofits and Libraries? Maybe

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Do Library Bloggers Like Google+? While nonprofits bloggers are giving mostly positive reviews of +, library bloggers seem to be more leery of the new platform. This is understandable, considering that Google has been working to digitize books, which could put libraries out of business.

How One Library Is “Loaning out the Internet” Using Mobile Technology

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People rely on their neighborhood library to borrow books, magazines, and movies. Providence Community Library (PCL) is leading the way. Most recently, PCL has been a trailblazer in providing mobile technology to their patrons, redefining what library services means.

Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009

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Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009: "I’m finding that some Communities of Practice (CoPs) at work are lacking leadership even though they have a community leader.This is a broad statement, and there can be many reasons for this, but in this post I want to focus on one particular reason

Save Your Libraries: They're Good for the Economy

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Collecting petitions Last week I stood outside of my local library collecting signatures to save libraries in Oakland. We're facing potential closures of 14 neighborhood libraries, and reduced services at the remaining four.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

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Establishing a Discussion Group - When your volunteers can post and reply to messages to events they have an interest in, it facilitates a type of community in which volunteers feel more connected with their peers and committed to the cause. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Corporate Citizenship and Digital Inclusion: Empowering Communities, Nonprofits, and Public Libraries

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"We hope that free Wi-Fi will be a resource that the city and other local groups will be able to use in their efforts to bridge the digital divide and make their community stronger," said Veronica Bell, a senior manager for public policy and government relations at Google, in a statement.

Interesting Uses of Technology: Virtual Libraries in Second Life

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" Dr. Valerie Hill is an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Science and is also a librarian herself. The Rise of Virtual Libraries. Virtual libraries aren't a new phenomenon.

Community design showcase: NTEN keeps it simple


This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. Let’s look at a few key parts of the community.

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Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

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We benefit from the resources, brainpower, and strength of organizations and individuals to help us support NGOs and public libraries worldwide. We were introduced to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through our common interest in libraries.

SOS: Save Our Site! How Libraries Can Preserve Local Online History

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Websites, blog posts, social media, online news — all of these are part of your community's history, but all are ephemeral in nature. This program is offered in partnership with WebJunction and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Infographic Tools for Nonprofits and Libraries

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I preferred starting from scratch and using's library of shapes, images, and fonts to create my infographic. The free plan includes 2MB of online storage (for hosting your graphics), supports image export, and offers a library of shapes and symbols. Community Organizer 2.0

MathAndCoding Turns the Library into a Coding Classroom (Part 2)

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In part 1 of this series, we introduced MathAndCoding , a nonprofit that offers teen-led programming classes for children in public libraries in the Silicon Valley area. " Library-Specific Curriculum. The concept of] family literacy is also very important in our community.

Get your Online Community Software Selection Guide!


Remember the white paper we produced in 2009 that included a comparison of private online community vendors? I’m constantly asked questions about where to start and who the online community players are. Featured From the Trenches Industry Insider Open Community

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New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

Amy Sample Ward

—– The Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference takes place Febrary 28-March 2 in Austin, TX, and I’m SO honored to be a keynote speaker! The keynote will focus on “Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation”. Libraries can and should be doing the same.

Guest Post: Nell Taylor on the Chicago Underground Library

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Last month, I got a chance to talk with Nell Taylor, founder of the Chicago Underground Library. This combination of technical ability, neutrality, and fierce belief in freedom of expression is undervalued in society and by many existing library systems.

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.

TechSoup for Libraries!

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The start of June brought the official launch of TechSoup for Libraries , where librarians can find stories from the field, hear from experts on libraries and technology, stay up-to-date on the latest offerings from TechSoup, participate in online and offline events , and learn about a new TechSoup product each month. While the site is intended for primarily for libraries and nonprofit friends of libraries, nonprofits just might want to check it out as well.

Internet Safety for Children: What Charities and Libraries Should Know

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It wrote the guide with parents in mind, but the guide is also useful for charities and library who work with children and need to make sure they are safe. On April 19, see how others in the nonprofit community keep their data safe with the Microsoft Cloud during this free webinar.

And the Winner(s) of the Social Media Library Are.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this month, I participated in a social media library giveaway organized by Steve Cunningham , who like me, loves books. For the social media library giveaway I asked folks to leave a comment on how they would use the books to shape their 2010 social media strategy.

Building a Digitally Literate Community

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Libraries, nonprofits, and schools are already working hard to teach digital skills and competency, but they need support of the entire community to help people thrive in the technology age. " The Role of Libraries. IMLS Building Digital Communities.

Windows 8 Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries

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As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore some of the latest desktop apps for Windows 8. cloud Microsoft cloud computing nonprofits mobile phones apps App It Up Windows 8 Transforming CommunitiesWindows 8 is here!

Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

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Some people want an outcome-oriented training (as opposed to a community co-created summer camp). This year, to address these issues, we're experimenting with hosting two camps instead of one: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION BOOTCAMP , June 7-8, 2018.

Calling All Nonprofits and Libraries — Come Celebrate Creativity

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to showcase your nonprofit or library. TechSoup and Adobe have teamed up to bring you a Facebook contest where you can win $1,000 by submitting any and all content your organization has created using Adobe. How fun is that? Here's What You Need to Know About the Contest.

Nonprofits, Libraries, and the California Teleconnect Fund

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If you work for a nonprofit or library in California, your organization might be eligible to reduce your. E-Rate Discount for Schools and Libraries. If your organization is a school or library and does. Eligibility for libraries is defined in Act 20 USCA Sec.

Tech Planning Tips for Every Nonprofit or Library

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In August, we hosted a webinar called Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries. Julie Elmore, library director, Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library (Indiana). Travis Montgomery, technology specialist, Liberty Lake Municipal Library (Washington). Julie Elmore is the library director of the Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library in Indiana and its only full-time employee. Image 2: Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library.

Post Tornado, the Library Is Open in Joplin

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Today I chatted with Jacque Gage, the Library Director at the Joplin Public Library. I invited her to share how her library and community are. original post appears on TechSoup for Libraries. Here's what she had to share: First off, the library received NO DAMAGE. The library is open normal hours today. On Monday, library usage was virtually non-existent, even for the computer lab. Joplin Public Library.

Go Mobile: Why Responsive Web Design Matters for Libraries and Nonprofits

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As smartphones and tablets grow in popularity, mobile optimization is something libraries and nonprofits should pay close attention to in the coming year. Why should mobile be part of libraries and nonprofits' game plan? For example, the Orange County Public Library's Shake It!

Upcoming Free Webinar This Thursday! Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech

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With this year being the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, it's a good time to make sure your organization is prepared to remain resilient and keep the doors open to serve your community - whether you face a natural disaster or a simple server failure.

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

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OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're launching it with partners at community-based libraries, parks, museums, and cultural centers around the world.

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Exciting Changes in the NTEN Community: Our New Community Platform


Recently we took a survey of the NTEN community to get your opinions about online platforms and how you like to engage online. We looked at the survey results and also looked at the concerns raised about our existing community platform.

Delivering Bestsellers to the Bookshare Community

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A note about Bookshare Bookshare , the world’s largest accessible online library, serves more than 100,000 readers with visual impairments, and physical or learning disabilities.

Discounted Computer Program Now Open to Libraries

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For awhile now, we at TechSoup (parent organization to the MaintainIT Project ) have been working with our corporate partners to open more donation programs to public libraries. In the past year, software donations from Symantec , NOZA , and others have become available to public libraries for the first time. We're happy to announce that discounted computers are now available to public libraries through our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI). Good news.

Learning from Example: Innovative methods to engage your online community


What do clean water and foundation libraries have in common? Online community management, for one thing. Learning from my fellowship at EPIP and other organizations’ experiences, I have learned three important lessons about engaging an online community. Community community engagement Program Sophia Guevara. Social Media Fellow. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.

New to TechSoup: BetterWorld Wireless Mobile Devices and Service Plans - The TechSoup Blog - Community - TechSoup

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New to TechSoup: BetterWorld Wireless Mobile Devices and Service Plans - The TechSoup Blog - Community - TechSoup : Need a new mobile plan or a donated smartphone? TechSoup has partnered with BetterWorld Wireless to bring discounted mobile services and donated devices to eligible nonprofits and public libraries in the U.S.