Library Innovations for 2022

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Libraries have always played multifaceted roles in their communities. LibrariesThey are not only resources for avid readers, but they are also places of refuge and teaching, spaces for communities to gather, and sources of help and comfort for many.

Providence Public Library: “A Most Democratic Insitution”

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Ah, public libraries! We enjoy every opportunity to speak with library customers, learning how they serve their communities and how DipJar supports those efforts. A recent conversation with Erica Busillo Adams of Providence Public Library is a perfect case in point!

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June 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.

Keep Your Library Cybersecure

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If you manage a library, you have most likely invested a significant amount of time and resources in the physical security of your building. IT Security Libraries

July 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.

Public-Access Solutions for Libraries

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For those without access to a reliable Internet connection or computer, public-access devices at libraries can be a lifeline. Libraries

May 2021 Library Tech Newsbytes

TechSoup

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.

Curtis Memorial Library: A Tradition of Local Support

DipJar

Public libraries are some of our favorites. If you haven’t been to your library lately, check it out! We recently spoke with Joyce Fehl of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. It should be noted that Curtis is not a public municipal library in the traditional sense.

How Salado Public Library Serves Its Rural Texas Community

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Salado Public Library is situated in a small town of 2,400 people in Bell County near Killeen and Fort Hood in Central Texas. I spoke with Jeanie Lively, who has been the Salado Public Library director for 10 years now. Digital Divide Libraries

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Helping Public Libraries Navigate Microsoft's Program Changes

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On December 9, 2021, the team at TechSoup ran a webinar to explain what these changes mean for the public libraries we serve. Tech Planning LibrariesThe Microsoft donation program is going through some major changes.

Libraries pivot to survive pandemic

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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.

11 Inventive Library Fundraising Ideas

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Ah, the local library. The comforting feeling of a good book, peace, and everlasting quiet that a library affords its visitors is one that can’t be beat. The post 11 Inventive Library Fundraising Ideas appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

6 Ways You Can Safeguard Patrons' Privacy at Your Library

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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?

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 Social media is playing a significant role in helping libraries stay relevant in our ever-growing digital society. TechSoup recently teamed up with WebJunction to find out the details on how libraries are using social media. Libraries use Facebook more than any other social platform.

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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

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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. "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.

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. 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

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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!) 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.

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

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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.

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.

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. 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.

Tips for Libraries Providing Health Information Training

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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.

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.

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

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

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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

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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. 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

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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. 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

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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?

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

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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. Most recently, PCL has been a trailblazer in providing mobile technology to their patrons, redefining what library services means.

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. 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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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.

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. 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.

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. 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?