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Leaner Library Loaner Laptops: Tips from the Pro

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After the Zion-Benton Illinois Library had some of their expensive laptops stolen and broken, they didn't give up on loaning out laptops to patrons. Instead, they decided to try using sturdier, but less expensive refurbished laptops. Here's how they did it.

The Internet Archive: The Digital Library of Alexandria?

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The fabled ancient library of Alexandria was one of the great achievements in human history. Its mission was to compile all knowledge in one place. Its greatest fame came when it burned 2,000 years ago.

Refurbished Computers Are Gaining Traction in Maine Libraries

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Information Technology Exchange (ITE), a charity in Belfast, Maine (near Bangor) operates the PCs for Maine program, which provides refurbished computers to schools, nonprofits, and libraries for use as public access stations. What is unusual is not that this low-cost equipment is available to Maine libraries, but that it is becoming popular. How did this happen?

Doing A Quick Tech Plan

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Many libraries have part time or accidental techies taking care of their technology. Is it any wonder that proper technology planning is something we have a hard time getting to? The problem is that it takes some tech planning to come up with a budget for the New Year. Here’s some resources for doing quick tech planning so you’ll have some money to work with in 2014.

Loaning Out Internet Access at the Providence Community Library

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Libraries offering free Internet access is nothing new. But the Providence Community Library (RI) is taking an innovative leap by allowing patrons to literally check out free home Internet access for a week.

How does Providence do it? They loan out Mobile Beacon hotspot devices.

Kansas City Library’s New Software Lending Library

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Inspired by the coming of ultra-fast gigabit broadband Internet to their city this year, the Kansas City Public Library has devised something new for public access computing – lending software over the Internet.

Will Facebook’s Internet.org Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

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Facebook’s new Internet.org initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?

Outlook.com — The New Hotmail

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If you’re one of the 300 million or so people who used Hotmail free webmail, you probably know by now that Hotmail is no more and that you’ve been switched over to Outlook.com.

TechSoup Global Goes to Congress (Again)

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It's not our first time advocating for charities and libraries in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Congress, but this time I've created a catch phrase that I hope will capture some hearts and minds of policymakers. I call it "humanitarian electronics recycling and refurbishment." Perhaps I should explain.

Burlington Public Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

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Windows MultiPoint Server is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing software solution in which one host computer is shared by multiple users simultaneously. Basically, it allows one computer to serve several people in a lab or library at very low cost and with minimum maintenance.

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