24 March 2017 - 9:36am | by Adam Lui

Woman working on laptop in city park

This is the third of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here. Find the second part on audio enhancements here.

23 March 2017 - 8:33am | by Jim Lynch

Sunnyvale Public Library exterior

Sunnyvale, California, is pretty much ground zero for high tech in the U.S. and Silicon Valley. The small city is 40 miles south of San Francisco and is the home of companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn. You'll also find aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and NASA's Ames Research Center. What does a public library do in such a place? The answer may surprise you. Plus, they have discovered a low-cost way to start up a multimedia lab. Meet Sunnyvale Public Library.

20 March 2017 - 1:28pm | by Megan Keane

Bookmark in book

Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we'll share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

16 March 2017 - 1:24pm | by Crystal Schimpf

Libraries should be engaged with their local social sector community. Social sector organizations are a critical part of the community because they provide much-needed services. They also make great programming partners and library advocates, and they may be part of your referral network for library patrons. The social sector is also a huge part of the economy, accounting for 10.3 percent of all private sector employment.

8 March 2017 - 7:21am | by Stephanie Gerding

Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians

I want to announce to all TechSoup for Libraries readers that Pamela MacKellar and I have just published the second edition of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. It is published by ALA Neal-Schuman. We sincerely hope that you like the new edition!

2 March 2017 - 1:43pm | by Adam Lui

Woman working on laptop in park

This is the second of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here.

16 February 2017 - 12:41pm | by Crystal Schimpf

Making is all the rage in libraries nowadays. But what if you want to fix something that's broken? Repair programs are an opportunity to teach patrons new skills while fixing technology, electronics, clothing, and other household items. Repair programs also help reduce waste by fixing items that would otherwise be thrown away.

15 February 2017 - 10:34am | by Megan Keane

Books with bookmarks

Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

We're well into 2017, and if the groundhog is to be believed, we're into another six weeks of winter, at least here in North America. Whether you're shoveling snow or catching some rays in your part of the world, be sure to check out these library reads.

8 February 2017 - 12:00am | by Adam Lui

This is the first of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN Executive Director, Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well.

Elderly users of digital devices are increasing in numbers. More than half of online seniors in America use Facebook nowadays. As seniors continue to make up a growing portion of today's digital society, it is important that they be able to confidently use their devices. The following how-to directions will hopefully be useful for librarians to help their patrons with sight impairment to magnify text and images on their screens so they can more easily see them.

6 February 2017 - 12:00am | by Phil Shapiro

Open source linux laptop computer with an illustrated penguin on the keyboard

People go to the public library to expand their horizons. At the public library, they can encounter new ideas, new perspectives, and new possibilities. Sometimes they'll even find new hobbies and new career paths.

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