Spotlights, Surveys, and Project Updates

Did you know the TechSoup for Libraries Newsletter is available as an email subscription? This month we focused on online learning to help you save time, energy, and resources so you can focus on important things, like keeping your home fires burning.

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Here are some highlights from our December TechSoup for Libraries Newsletter:

  • Survey: our winner from last month is Lucy Bordewick, from Quincy Public Library in Quincy, IL. We have a new survey this month to learn what topics you'd like us to focus on in our free webinars. Please take a moment to answer our two question survey and if you're lucky, win a prize!
  • Project updates, including a new webpage from the App it Up project and updates on the Public Access Technology Benchmark Initiative.
  • Free Online Events, now archived.
  • Product spotlights include two TechSoup partners that offer donations of webinar platforms for public libraries and nonprofits:
    • Citrix Online has teamed with TechSoup to make its web conferencing services available, including GoToMeeting ($50 admin fee) and GoToWebinar ($94 admin fee), allowing you to hold online meetings or webinars that can be recorded.
    • ReadyTalk ($45 admin fee) can be used various ways, not only for conference calls, but also for recording training materials and webinars.
  • Library Spotlight focuses on Sean Reinhart, the Library and Community Services Director at the Hayward Public Library in Hayward, California. How does a librarian end up running a city's community grant programs for nonprofits, housing rehabilitation, and paratransit program, in addition to its public libraries? Budget cuts. And a firm belief that service to their communities is what unites libraries, nonprofits, and other community organizations. Read Sean's story in Library-Nonprofit Partnership Finds Opportunity in Scarcity.

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