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?

Online Marketing Strategy Starts With a Map

NetWits

Do you ever feel like you’re approaching your digital marketing without a map? In your neighborhood, this might be the coffee shop where you work sometimes, the park where your kids play, the library, the grocery store. Once you’ve mapped your organization’s presence in the multi-channel ecosystem, you can begin to see the potential. Welcome. Settle in and stay awhile. You’re in good company.

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Beyond the Pie Chart: Maps

Tech Soup Blog

Charts and graphs are useful, but when you have any kind of location data — whether it's postal codes, state abbreviations, country names, or your own custom geocoding — you've got to see your data on a map. You wouldn't leave home to find a new restaurant without a map (or a GPS anyway), would you? Part 4 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series covers mapping. When to Use Maps. Use maps to show geocoded data.

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Election Maps

Beaconfire Wire

Online these days, it seems the major news outlets have really gotten down how to create, quickly update and publish excellent maps that convey a lot of great information. I really like the “balance of power&# bar at the top above the map.

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TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile: Nonprofits Back to School — In Brazil

Tech Soup Blog

Now that TechSoup’s Local Impact Map has officially launched , let's discover one of great new organizations featured there. We'd also like to introduce Bea Dominguez, who is writing about some of the nonprofits highlighted on the map. TechSoup’s Local Impact Map is a great thing because it gives nonprofits like the Luciano Barreto Júnior Institute a way to get some wider attention for their good work.

GNIP, Twitter, Library of Congress Save the Tweets

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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?

TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile: Nonprofits Back to School — In Brazil

Tech Soup Blog

Now that TechSoup’s Local Impact Map has officially launched , let's discover one of great new organizations featured there. We'd also like to introduce Bea Dominguez, who is writing about the nonprofits highlighted on the map. TechSoup’s Local Impact Map is a great thing because it gives nonprofits like the Luciano Barreto Júnior Institute a way to get some wider attention for their good work.

Mapping for Impact: This Week's Free TechSoup Webinar

Tech Soup Blog

Perhaps some organizations make it look simple, but behind the scenes there may be some sophisticated Esri tools that map disease outbreaks and aid distribution. Pacific time , Mapping Your Impact: A Case from Humanitarian Assistance , Andrew Schroeder of Direct Relief International will show just how far geographic information systems (more commonly referred to as GIS) have come in helping nonprofit organizations like his deploy aid to those in need.

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Seniors Learn to Use Tablets in Georgia — TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile

Tech Soup Blog

Blue Hair Technology Group is featured on TechSoup’s new Local Impact Map. Get Your Story Up On the Local Impact Map. If you use any of TechSoup’s resources and want to have your story on the Local Impact Map, just email community [at] techsoup [dot] org with "Community Story" in the subject line. We’re looking for great stories like this one about nonprofits and libraries doing good work with technology. Is back to school just for kids?

Two ways to make your own Google map | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Google Maps now lets us all take our map fascination to the next level: over the past few years they’ve given us multiple views, fantastic ( and sometimes astonishing ) detail, driving directions, and even the ability to create custom content.

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

Tech Soup Blog

At TechSoup, we support the efforts of nonprofits and public libraries working to build digitally inclusive and literate communities through donated technology from our corporate partners. At TechSoup for Libraries , we've been covering the Edge Initiative , an assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools, and resources to support public technology services. " Grist's Susie Cagle mapped.

Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. Read more stories on our Local Impact Map from around the world that show the impact of technology donations on organizations and communities like yours.

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Online Marketing Strategy Starts with a Map

Tech Soup Blog

Do you ever feel like you’re approaching your digital marketing without a map? In your neighborhood, this might be the coffee shop where you work sometimes, the park where your kids play, the library, or the grocery store. Once you've mapped your organization’s presence in the multi-channel ecosystem, you can begin to see the potential. This guest post was written by Misty McLaughlin, who is the principal user experience consultant. Blackbaud.

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Seniors Learn to Use Tablets in Georgia — TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile

Tech Soup Blog

Blue Hair Technology Group is featured on TechSoup’s new Local Impact Map. Get Your Story Up On the Local Impact Map. If you use any of TechSoup’s resources and want to have your story on the Local Impact Map, just email community [at] techsoup [dot] org with "Community Story" in the subject line. We’re looking for great stories like this one about nonprofits and libraries doing good work with technology. Is back to school just for kids?

Mapping Your Technology Plans with TechSoup Donations

Tech Soup Blog

I'd like to go over the layout of our donor partner and product pages and discuss licensing — both of which will be very helpful for nonprofits and libraries who may be requesting technology through TechSoup. "Wishing consumes as much energy as planning." - Anonymous.

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Discovering Nonprofit and Library Apps with App It Up

Tech Soup Blog

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. For example, an app that maps your community's local endangered species habitats or your organization's facility locations, or a handy add-on for your constituent relationship management system (CRM) or content management system (CMS).

Pottsboro Area Library: The Winner of TechSoup’s February Success Story Digital Connector Challenge

Tech Soup Blog

Pottsboro Area Library in Texas. We of course got lots of great stories, and our winner is the Pottsboro Area Library. When librarian Dianne Connery came to the library a few years ago, she found a classic small town library situated in a converted post office building with the requisite institutional green paint job. Here’s Dianne’s winning submission in its entirety: “The Pottsboro Library has made bridging the digital divide for teens a priority.

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Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what lots of nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured-IT to further their missions. Read more stories on our Local Impact Map from around the world that show the impact of technology donations on organizations and communities like yours.

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

Tech Soup Blog

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. Maybe it's answering a question as simple as mapping where all your top donors live in a particular city? And you probably struggle to turn that data into meaningful insights that can improve your work or tell your organization's story.

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User Experience Design Patterns from the Yahoo! Library

Museum 2.0

maps and Yahoo! If the fantasy sports staff never interact with the maps staff, how will they align what common user actions (e.g. The solution is a design pattern library, a place where Yahoo! You can access a limited design pattern library here.

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Great reads from around the web on August 23rd

Amy Sample Ward

'" Grants Maps – I'm a huge fan of maps and I love social impact – check this out: "The Skillman Foundation has partnered with the New York City-based Foundation Center to provide Skillman Foundation website visitors with a custom version of the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy In/Sight data visualization platform, which utilizes Google maps to show the scope and reach of the Skillman Foundation’s work in Detroit."

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The story of culture shift told from Youtube. (Great Presentation at the Library of Congress)

Network-Centric Advocacy

As passionate progressive organizers we want to get the jump on this organizing and find formulas and frameworks that are road maps to pull these together around the big issues of the day.

Funding Rural America: Bridging the Resource Gap

Tech Soup Blog

Cynthia Adams, CEO of TechSoup donor partner GrantStation , recently did an important online training webinar on how rural charities and libraries can get grants. If your charity or library happens to be located in rural America, it's not your imagination that it is harder to get grant funding in rural locations. Written narrative is best enriched with graphs, maps, photos, and other illustrations. Just for Libraries.

Upcoming Webinar on April 26: Finding Funders for Your Cause

Tech Soup Blog

As you may recall, last month we held a webinar with the Foundation Center titled Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good. Our second presenter will be of particular interest to the library community. The center opened in March 2009, and is operated by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Event Fundraising Online Grantseeking Online Seminar libraries nonprofits TechSoup Event webinars

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Webinar Recap: Finding Funders for Your Cause

Tech Soup Blog

David also walked us through Foundation Directory Online , a resource that we heard a bit about during our previous webinar Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good. These are libraries and resource centers across the country that provide free access to the Foundation Directory Online. ONEplace at the Kalamazoo Public Library. An excellent example of a Cooperating Collection is ONEplace at the Kalamazoo Public Library.

The Power of the Crowd: A New Frontier in Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

Additionally, make sure to get a copy of The Resilient Organization , TechSoup's disaster planning guide for nonprofits and public libraries. disaster recovery disaster relief tsdisaster maps Ushahidi In times of disaster, social media can provide an on-the-ground view of what's happening, who needs help, and where they're located. But this high volume of information can be overwhelming for relief organizations.

Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, January 1-12

Tech Soup Blog

Use our newly launched Local Impact Map to learn how organizations are using technology products and knowledge to further their missions. From TechSoup for Libraries. App It Up highlights library apps and apps by and for nonprofits , and shares their nonprofit and library app survey results. blog library nonprofitsHere's what we've been talking about so far this year. From the TechSoup Community. TechSoup Blog.

Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center: Webinar Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Mapping Philanthropy: How you can use Data Visualization to do Good. Online Seminar libraries nonprofits TechSoup Event webinars Webinar grants foundation center Foundation Directory OnlineThis post was written by Crystal Schimpf, a webinar producer at TechSoup Global. View the archived recording of the Got Grants? webinar on ReadyTalk. On September 6, 2012, TechSoup held a free webinar with two guest presenters from The Foundation Center.

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.

New and Notable: What’s Coming With WordPress 4.9

Byte Technology

As far as “under the hood” changes go, look for better mapping for theme widgets and navigation menus when you choose to switch themes; a ditching of the SWFUpload library; and recurring and automatic searches for files in plugin and theme editors. Back in May, we took a look at what was coming down the line with the WordPress update 4.8.

Notes from the Future: Reflections on the IMLS Meeting on Museums and Libraries in the 21st Century

Museum 2.0

What’s in the crystal ball for museums and libraries? The IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) has commissioned a preliminary proposal for an NAS (National Academy of Sciences) report on museums and libraries in the 21st century.

Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The power of open source means that we work with and build upon best-of-breed technology components, such as strong crypto libraries, the Tor anonymity tool, and others. The request went like this: I need an Android application for collecting certain important information, as text/surveys/videos/pictures, from staff/contractors/whistleblowers/clients/the public that I can upload to a server so we can respond/analyze/put on a map/put into a progress report.

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Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

To explain our approach, let’s look at Bookshare , our accessible online library for people with print disabilities. The Bookshare breakthrough put our users in charge of the collection with a crowd-sourced library built by—and for—the people it serves. As a result, we quickly became the world’s largest online library for people with print disabilities.

One Click Community Organizing: Instant Portals

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A CommunityOS Portal provides client tracking and case management, resource directory and asset mapping, content management (everything from calendars to message forums, eNewsletters, file libraries and more), and some seven levels of reporting, all of which can be deployed for the specific needs of an agency, or a program, or a stakeholder group, or a specific purpose. Okay, right off the top we know full well that one click partnership building is not possible.

Android factory reset on a Samsung S7: The ugly, the bad, and the good

Robert Weiner

At first, I was getting occasional errors like, “Unfortunately, Google Maps has stopped working.” Even stranger, they no longer showed up in the Google Play library of apps I’d previously installed. I recently had to perform a factory reset on my year-old Samsung S7. Here’s my tale: The Ugly. ” But over time the errors increased until they became a constant problem.

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Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

Map your community’s assets and needs and how they align with your goals. Our first registrants for Bootcamp are from a library and a religious institution. Most sponsors are generous former campers or amazing companies serving museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, and grassroots community organizations. For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp.

Recruiting Geeks for Human Rights!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Design and implement data visualizations, including everything from simple static charts and maps to custom interactive visualizations on the web. Familiarity with python, R, and JavaScript libraries for charting, mapping, and vis is helpful. Scientist / Data Analysis Engineer / General Techie Want to help save the world with your code? Like going to hackathons and wish you could get paid to work on a good cause full time?

The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We've covered bar charts, line charts, scatter plots, and maps in Beyond the Pie Chart. Overlay pies on maps. Using pie charts on this map shows the distribution of oil rigs on land versus offshore in Europe. Free Data Visualization Webinar for Nonprofits and Libraries. We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. When to Use a Pie Chart. As we state in our white paper, Which Chart or Graph is Right for You?

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How to Design from Virtual Metaphor to Real Experience, and an Example

Museum 2.0

Recently, I learned about an innovative, super-low tech tagging pro ject in a library that does this beautifully. I’ll come back to it at the end to demonstrate how it maps to the example. The library created a book drop for every tag.

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Poet will give readers with vision impairments access to fully described images which is especially important for textbooks that contain lots of charts, graphs, and maps. Benetech's digital Bookshare library is currently using Poet to add image descriptions for its accessible ebooks used by people with print disabilities. Books with image descriptions will go back into the Bookshare library for students with print disabilities to use in their coursework.

Top 20 Best WordPress Plugins for Nonprofit Websites

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Enable Media Replace – easily replace an image or file without having to delete, rename, and re-upload to the Media Library. The Events Calendar – display a responsive calendar as a day-by-day, list, month, and detailed page views with search; supports Google maps and colors can be changed to match your brand; purchase Events Tickets Plus to extend it further. By Chuck Spidell , a Nonprofit WordPress Security Expert with ILLUSIO.

The Power of Free Learnings – Non-SCORM Content

Gyrus

Develop a mapping that shows where the content holes are, and use this as a form of reference going forward. Utilizing the free learnings, start filling in the blanks of the mapping document you and your design team created within the step of evaluating your current content offerings. There is an incredible library of learnings, completely free, available on whatever platform you are reading this blog on. The Power of Free Learnings – Non-SCORM Content.

Feeding a Need: New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

Tech Soup Blog

And there's a new free mobile app called Range that helps libraries, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and others working with youth locate those free meal sites this summer. There are tens of thousands of libraries, community centers, nonprofits, and other organizations nationwide that offer free summer meals for school-age youth through this program. Register for TechSoup for Libraries' upcoming free webinar on May 28.

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