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?

All-In-One Nonprofit Marketing Library (Link Roundup)

NonProfit Hub

The post All-In-One Nonprofit Marketing Library (Link Roundup) appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Nonprofit marketing is a tough thing to wrap your head around. There are so many different approaches to take, and none of them is a silver bullet on their own. In order to pick and choose strategies that are right for your nonprofit, it’s easiest to start by looking at the big picture.

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Learning Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

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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.

8 Nonprofit and Library Design Projects That Are on Point

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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.

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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.

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.

Visualize Better-Looking Data for Your Nonprofit or Library

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The webinar was presented by Linda Hofschire, a research analyst at the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library. Remember the libraries to Starbucks example? Is your library creating infographics or fancy charts?

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

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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.

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.

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.

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. This post was originally published on the TechSoup for Libraries blog.

App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

How would apps benefit your nonprofit or library? Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries. 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. Library Apps.

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.

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

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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. In the library setting, this might apply to the circulation desk.

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.

Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

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We know nonprofits and libraries gather piles of data, from program outcomes to constituent data to fundraising or advocacy campaign results. Why Data Visualization Matters for Nonprofits and Libraries.

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.

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: Thursday, April 26.

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.

SMS Nation: Mobile Strategists, Renewing Library Books, And Child Services Support

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A Springfield, Missouri library uses text messaging for patron services. Despite the fact that libraries are quiet places, for years they have required patrons to call in – or even drop in – in order to renew books or follow up on items that are ready for pick up.

TechSoup for Libraries Spotlight: Amber Slaven of Bellevue Library

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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.

Nonprofit and Library App Survey from App It Up

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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. Nonprofits and libraries are interested in building their own apps, though they. apps for nonprofits and libraries.

Upcoming Free Webinar August 20: You're Invited! Easy Postcard Creation with Adobe InDesign (for Nonprofits and Libraries!)

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Need help designing beautiful but simple print collateral for your nonprofit or library? Save-the-date postcards, bookmarks, and double-sided event invitations are a great place to begin and Adobe's InDesign is the most popular tool to use among printers and designers.

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Benetech Featured on the Giving Library

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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.

App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries

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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.

Upcoming Webinar: Endpoint-Level Security at Your Library or Nonprofit

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Our upcoming webinar, Endpoint-Level Security at Your Library or Nonprofit , may be for you! Symantec product manager Andrew Singer will explain some of the major threats facing your nonprofit or library. This webinar is suited for nonprofits and public libraries in the United States concerned with information security at their organizations. Wondering how to best protect your organization from security threats?

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.

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.

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. 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.

Interacting and Gaming at Library 2.011

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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.

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. PCL is a nonprofit network of nine neighborhood libraries that provide free, accessible library services and serve as vibrant neighborhood hubs.

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.

Upcoming Webinar on April 18: QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and Libraries!

Tech Soup Blog

Now, you can also participate in a live webinar, QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and Libraries! QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and Libraries! During this webinar, we will be hearing from QuickBooks Made Easy instructor Gregg Bossen about how this tool can aid your nonprofit or library, giving you an in-depth look at the new updates to the QuickBooks software. This webinar is appropriate for technology decision makers in nonprofits and libraries.

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).

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

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Eastern for Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech , a free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm from CARD. Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month ?

Social Media in Crisis Communication: A Lesson Learned by Charlotte Meckelnburg Library


Jenifer R Daniels, Communications & Marketing Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Unfortunately, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s budget woes were defined by all three. In March of 2010, the Mecklenburg County manager advised library leaders that we should plan for a 50% reduction in our operating budget due to a drastic reduction in taxable revenues throughout the county; projecting an $85million shortfall.

Webinar Recap: QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and Libraries

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Last week we had a spectacular turnout for our webinar, QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and Libraries ! With the product geared towards nonprofits, the CD and accompanying handbook will provide insight on using QuickBooks in a nonprofit or library setting. You can now view the recording of this webinar on the TechSoup YouTube page.

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Discovering Nonprofit and Library Apps with App It Up

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However, many nonprofits and libraries aren't using apps, for various reasons. The App It Up project is here to help, by identifying - and even creating - apps specifically for nonprofits and libraries. Some nonprofits and libraries are even creating their own apps.

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.

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.