July 2021 Library Tech Newsbytes

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April 2021 Library Tech Newsbytes

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What's new in library tech! LibrariesWelcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our admittedly great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

May 2021 Library Tech Newsbytes

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What's new in library tech! LibrariesWelcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our admittedly great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

Libraries pivot to survive pandemic

Candid

Libraries store the energy that fuels the Imagination. During COVID-19, libraries across the country have had to re-imagine themselves so they can continue fueling imaginations and serving communities. Libraries have adapted to COVID-19 challenges in unique ways.

6 Ways You Can Safeguard Patrons' Privacy at Your Library

TechSoup

Patron privacy is one of those topics that touches every aspect of a library's operations, and for good reason. After all, from library card sign-ups to public access computer usage to reference desk inquiries, your patrons share a lot of information with you. IT Security Libraries

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. I told one woman that I’d be headed here next, and she said, “Oh, I used to do the library makeovers for Target – I love libraries!” For communities to change, they need a catalyst; are libraries ready?

Content Strategy for Digital Collections: Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Forum One

Museums, archives, and libraries share many goals and functions. The items that museums, archives, and libraries collect reflect the human spirit. Physical archives, libraries, and museums have security guards with hand counters tracking traffic through their spaces.

A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?

Tech Soup Blog

The Kansas City Public Library. They have developed a way for anyone with a Kansas City public library card to use expensive professional applications like those from Adobe and Microsoft without owning them. They are building a free software lending library. Find an expanded version of this story on TechSoup For Libraries that talks about the remarkable people behind this project. The new lending library project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Benetech Featured on the Giving Library

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The recently launched Laura and John Arnold Foundation Giving Library is a unique resource that provides this information about nonprofits through engaging video interviews. We’re delighted that Benetech was selected to be one of the first 250 nonprofits spotlighted on the Giving Library. The Arnolds saw the need for the Giving Library after experiencing multiple barriers to researching nonprofits they were interested in.

Electronic Resources and Libraries Annual Conference

Amy Sample Ward

Description : Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. Libraries can and should be doing the same. Libraries have access to information, engagement, and opportunity – it’s just a matter of setting sail. presentation Presentations from 2011 community driven community engagement digital content future librariesDate : February 28th-March 2nd, 2011. Location : Austin, TX. Topic : Keynote.

Small Library — Big Service to the Community

Tech Soup Blog

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. "It's different from other libraries I've been to where you have a huge parking lot full of cars. " A few years ago, the library was close to closing altogether.

A 2-Day Plan for Launching a Library Giving Day Campaign

Connection Cafe

Developed in 2019 and envisioned by the Seattle Public Library Foundation, Library Giving Day was created to support libraries nationwide. This one-day giving event was formed to encourage patrons to support their individual library systems and this year will be held on April 23.

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

Before the American Library Association’s Annual Conference , I had the privilege of taking a tour of the shoe retailer’s main office to see what libraries and nonprofits could learn from the company. The tour was organized by a group of library consultants from Kixal, Anneal, and Clarion Collaborative. Still, I think libraries and nonprofits can learn from Zappos’ unstructured and unconventional practices. culture training staff nonprofits librarie

Cool App Roundup: Library Edition

Tech Soup Blog

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!) Engaging with Library (and Other) Collections. And these technologies can help patrons engage with library (and other) collections in new ways. the university library archives. Increasing Library Visibility.

TechSoup for Libraries Spotlight: Amber Slaven of Bellevue Library

Tech Soup Blog

We've got a new spotlight up at TechSoup for Libraries that nonprofits might learn from, as well. This one's about Amber Slaven, a librarian who got her start at Bellevue Library with a pretty great gig: driving a Winnebago outfitted as a mobile computer classroom. She also managed up to 100 volunteers at a time to help teach classes in her library system and offered some tips on ensuring a smooth volunteer experience.

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

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Tips for Libraries Providing Health Information Training

Tech Soup Blog

Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region. She has a background in public libraries, library consultation, and prescription drug monitoring. The library or nonprofit could host a table or booth at which demonstrations of MedlinePlus (and other resources) are delivered. It is also the way to get your library listed as a consumer health library.

National Library Week and Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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

Social Media Resource Library: Just Launched from Idealware

Amy Sample Ward

Well, Idealware has just taken it a step further by launching a Social Media Resource Library! As they explain: As a first step in our year-long social media research initiative, Idealware has compiled a library of nearly 200 – and growing – resources on social media. The Social Media Resource Library , compiled in Delicious , will help your nonprofit gain valuable insights into how to best use social media for your organization.

Social Media Resource Library: Just Launched from Idealware

Amy Sample Ward

Well, Idealware has just taken it a step further by launching a Social Media Resource Library! As they explain: As a first step in our year-long social media research initiative, Idealware has compiled a library of nearly 200 – and growing – resources on social media. The Social Media Resource Library , compiled in Delicious , will help your nonprofit gain valuable insights into how to best use social media for your organization.

5 Ways Libraries Support Disaster Relief and Recovery

Tech Soup Blog

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. "This is what a public library is all about," said Carol Cooler, the director of libraries and CEO at the Saskatoon Public Library in a press statement.

App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

How would apps benefit your nonprofit or library? Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries. Thanks to a grant from Microsoft , TechSoup's App It Up project investigated the kinds of apps nonprofits and libraries are using to engage their constituents, tell their stories, and get their work done. See our nonprofit and library app survey results and the nonprofit and library Apps Wish List to see how other nonprofits and libraries are thinking about apps.

Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

Tech Soup Blog

Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Eastern) for Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile , where you can learn how libraries can help meet the need and demand for mobile-device assistance through creative programming. Ann Awakuni will share her experience planning multiple e-reader fairs while working at the Mountain View Public Library (California).

Google+ for Nonprofits and Libraries? Maybe

Tech Soup Blog

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. The Agnostic, Maybe blog writes about Google in general , and its relationship with libraries. So Google finally did it.

Free Webinar: Broadband Basics for Public Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

Register for this free webinar , Broadband Basics for Public Libraries, to be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 a.m. We will be joined by special guest, library consultant Kieran Hixon. Kieran is passionate about rural libraries. His focus is on open-source software and low-cost tech solutions for small, rural libraries. How much speed does your library need? How can I talk to others about the need for broadband at the library?

8 Nonprofit and Library Design Projects That Are on Point

Tech Soup Blog

Belmont Public Library. Great design speaks for itself. These nonprofit designs are getting a lot of love on Behance — an Adobe site that allows designers to show off their work   —   and it ' s no wonder why. Here ' s a roundup of branding and design projects created by freelancers for nonprofits and NGOs. GivePower Foundation. Designs by Kyson Dana and Garth Pratt using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. ANDE Impact Annual Report // Print.

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What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

Before the American Library Association’s Annual Conference , I had the privilege of taking a tour of the shoe retailer’s main office to see what libraries and nonprofits could learn from the company. The tour was organized by a group of library consultants from Kixal, Anneal, and Clarion Collaborative. Still, I think libraries and nonprofits can learn from Zappos’ unstructured and unconventional practices. culture training staff nonprofits librarie

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

Tech Soup Blog

People rely on their neighborhood library to borrow books, magazines, and movies. Providence Community Library (PCL) is leading the way. PCL is a nonprofit network of nine neighborhood libraries that provide free, accessible library services and serve as vibrant neighborhood hubs. Most recently, PCL has been a trailblazer in providing mobile technology to their patrons, redefining what library services means.

Interacting and Gaming at Library 2.011

Tech Soup Blog

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to several webinars that were part of the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference. My kudos goes out to Library 2.0 and The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University for organizing this impressive virtual experience. " Games for Library Instruction. Another fabulous session that I attended was an Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning in Libraries.

Learning Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

Earlier this year, we told you about all the resources available at TechSoup for learning to use technology. But what if you need more? Finding Quick Technology Answers Beyond TechSoup. Because we know that TechSoup may not be able to answer all of your really specific technology questions, here are some of our favorite sites. Plus, we've got some techniques we recommend that are useful for targeted searches.

Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

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. The IMLS is an agency of the federal government that funds programs, innovative projects, and technology to fuel our nation's libraries. TechSoup and the IMLS Are Library Champions.

App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

We're happy to announce the launch of our new App It Up page for nonprofits and libraries. We've already learned a lot about what apps are out there, how nonprofits and libraries are using apps, and what your app needs and interests are. Then help us help nonprofits and libraries "App It Up" by sharing your thoughts with us in the comments below. What would you need to help you use apps effectively in your nonprofit or library?

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

Tech Soup Blog

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. As the first librarian to host it, Karin Bricker, library manager for youth and outreach services at Mountain View Public Library, had to overcome some initial skepticism. " Library-Specific Curriculum. MathAndCoding volunteers are now doing this at more than 12 libraries in the region.

TechSoup for Libraries!

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Interesting Uses of Technology: Virtual Libraries in Second Life

Tech Soup Blog

" Dr. Valerie Hill is an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Science and is also a librarian herself. She came to the Nonprofit Commons to share her areas of expertise in media literacy, human-computer interaction, and the impact of the digital revolution on education and libraries. The Rise of Virtual Libraries. Virtual libraries aren't a new phenomenon.

Post Tornado, the Library Is Open in Joplin

Tech Soup Blog

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. We still have a skeleton crew, with some just not able to find clear routes to get to the library while others have had no difficulties getting in.

Building a Global Library

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I gave my talk here on Tuesday, entitled: Building a Global Library for People with Print Disabilities. I was attending a session organized by the library association, IFLA, and he got up and talked about how Egypt does not have a culture of reading. Tunisia is very interesting this week! The WSIS conference is going on, human rights activists are getting beaten up, and we're talking about how information technology can help build a better world.

Nonprofit and Library App Survey from App It Up

Tech Soup Blog

Back in September, we posted a summary of App It Up's nonprofit and library apps survey. represent the full range of nonprofit and library app experiences. What We Found in the Numbers We made an effort to include both nonprofits and libraries by promoting the surveys in the TechSoup forums, via NetSquared and TechSoup for Libraries , and through social media. Nonprofits and libraries are interested in building their own apps, though they.

Tech Planning Tips for Every Nonprofit or Library

Tech Soup Blog

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.

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. Date: To accomodate all schedules, this webinar will be presented twice – Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26. Time: 12-1:30pm Singapore/Kuala Lumpur. 10-11:30am New Delhi; 2-3:30 Sydney; 4-6:30pm Auckland). Cost: Free.

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Save Your Libraries: They're Good for the Economy

Have Fun - Do Good

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. The American Library Association has created a Save Libraries in Your State page on their website just to help communities take action. Visiting my hometown library I probably wouldn't be who I am today without the library.

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

Tech Soup Blog

This program is offered in partnership with WebJunction and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A competitive application process for selection of libraries from across the United States is now open and will continue until August 25. The Community Webs project is working with partners from Queens Public Library , Cleveland Public Library , and San Francisco Public Library.