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29 November 2017 - 7:28am | by Jim Lynch

Hands reaching for TechSoup

Around this time of year, we like to see what product donations public libraries particularly like among the more than 400 offerings on TechSoup. We thought you might like to know what your colleagues like from our Nonprofit and Public Library Tech Marketplace.

28 November 2017 - 12:59pm | by Jim Lynch

Person looking at a calendar through a magnifying glass

For better or worse, 2017 was definitely a year to remember. This past year gave us new political realities and the need for libraries to repair budgets and memory holes. It also gave us a promise of simpler e-book lending, widespread Wi-Fi hotspot lending, and maker programs. We think public libraries met the challenges of this past year admirably. Here is a glance back at 2017 through the lens of library technology.

2 November 2017 - 7:53am | by Jim Lynch

Hands reaching out for support

McPherson Square Branch Library is one of 54 branches of the famous Free Library of Philadelphia. It is in a classically designed Carnegie building from the late 1800s north of downtown Philadelphia. The building is situated in McPherson Square Park, known locally as "needle park" because of heavy drug use there. As opioid overdoses mount, staff members at the public library have become first responders to literally save lives

13 September 2017 - 4:14pm | by Jim Lynch

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Hawking in the Blue Room of the White House before a ceremony presenting him and 15 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 12 August 2009

It almost certainly comes as no surprise to those of us working directly with people in nonprofits and libraries that about one in five people have a physical or cognitive disability. Disabled people are the largest minority worldwide. IT devices can be a real help to people with all manner of disabilities, so we thought you might like our roundup of assistive technology resources. We hope you'll find it useful in working with special needs clients and patrons.

11 September 2017 - 11:01am | by Jim Lynch

A group of immigrants who have made through police blockades rest at the Gevgelija railway station

One of our particular interests at TechSoup is the refugee crisis. This year we launched an online technology informational resource for NGOs and libraries that serve refugees called Refugee Response. Hoping that you share our interest, we thought you might like to know about the volunteer library-on-wheels humanitarian project in Greece called Education. Community. Hope. Opportunity. (ECHO). People in need eventually need more than food, water, and shelter.

8 September 2017 - 1:32pm | by Jim Lynch

Free Hot Spot banners

Over 500 libraries have now requested Mobile Beacon hotspot product donations through TechSoup. After the Oakland Public Library placed a big donation request, we thought we'd call them to find out how it's going with their hotspot lending program. Here's what we found out.

18 August 2017 - 1:13pm | by Jim Lynch

Public library offers free summertime meals to low-income school-age children

I had the chance to chat with librarian Beth Franklin at Beaver Creek Arizona Public Library a few weeks ago about how she dreams of expanding her library's services to include free meals for hungry kids in her rural community. Just after that, I came across a piece in the York Dispatch about Martin Library in York City, Pennsylvania, outside of Harrisburg. They have figured out a way to do just that.

13 April 2017 - 1:28pm | by Jim Lynch

Child using an e-reader

We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety. The guide includes online safety tips for children less than five years of age all the way up through teenage years.

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.

10 November 2016 - 2:46pm | by Jim Lynch

Ready Set Connect participants

We certainly love nonprofits and libraries here at TechSoup. The only thing we like better is when they get together to do extraordinary work. Ready, Set, Connect! (RSC) is a collaboration of Oakland Public Library and the nonprofit Community Technology Network (CTN) in the Bay Area.

Their Ready, Set, Connect! project provides serious technology career training to local teens who then provide digital literacy tutoring at the library. It is an innovative program that both organizations hope can be replicated across the country.

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