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

Tech Soup Blog

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.

? Art iPads from Darien Library - YouTube

AFP Blog

? Art iPads from Darien Library - YouTube : Published on Nov 11, 2013 Darien Library is offering iPads loaded with apps and programs designed to allow users the opportunity to explore the relationship between art and technology.

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.

App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries

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From TechSoup App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries : App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries App It Up for Nonprofits and Libraries As part of a grant from Microsoft, we've been learning about the kinds of apps nonprofits and libraries are using to engage constituents, tell their stories, and get their work done.

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.

7 Tips to Make This Year Your Best #GivingTuesday Ever

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Giving Tuesday Resource Library. #GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Whether you’re still putting together your plan, or just double checking to make sure that everything is ready to go, here are seven tips to decrease your stress and increase your fundraising this year.

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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

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

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

Cloud Basics for Nonprofits and Libraries

AFP Blog

Cloud Basics for Nonprofits and Libraries: "Cloud Basics for Nonprofits and LibrariesConsidering the cloud? What organizations should know before making the plunge By: Jim LynchNovember 2, 2010GreenTech LogoFind tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative, where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to

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!) the university library archives.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Ann Awakuni will share her experience planning multiple e-reader fairs while working at the Mountain View Public Library (California).

GNIP, Twitter, Library of Congress Save the Tweets

VisionLink

The good folks at GNIP, Twitter, and the Library Congress are working together to preserve Twitter conversations for posterity, as announced by the Library of Congress. The work that GNIP is taking on with Twitter and the Library of Congress is at a tremendous scale--with over a billion Tweets being generated every week. All those tweets with which so much around the world is being shared?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Infographic Tools for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

I preferred starting from scratch and using Easel.ly'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.

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.

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. " Library-Specific Curriculum. This post was originally published on the TechSoup for Libraries blog.

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.

Introducing Idealware's Social Media Resource Library

Idealware

With that in mind, and 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. I hope you find the Social Media Resource Library helpful

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. The Rise of Virtual Libraries. Virtual libraries aren't a new phenomenon.

Internet Safety for Children: What Charities and Libraries Should Know

Tech Soup Blog

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. We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety.

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

Mobile Commons

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.

Creating Digital Signs at Butler Library

Tech Soup Blog

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.

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?

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

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.

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.