7 May 2013 - 10:38am | by Brenda Hough

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP ) to increase broadband access and adoption in the US. State and public libraries have been critical partners in many of these projects. This May 2013 report from American Library Association (ALA) looks at library projects around the country, exploring the impact on communities.

3 May 2013 - 6:44am | by Brenda Hough

Nothing warms this librarian mama’s heart like my three year old son begging to go to the library and then jumping up and down with joy when I agree.  My son refers to my issue of Public Libraries magazine (which lies next to his issue of Ranger Rick on our coffee table) as “Mommy Loves Libraries” magazine. A Pew Internet report released earlier this week confirms we are not the only library loving mother child team out there.

1 May 2013 - 11:02am | by Brenda Hough

Happy May Day!

We're delivering your May Basket virtually... in the form of a newsletter. The May TechSoup for Libraries newsletter was emailed to subscribers earlier today.

29 April 2013 - 10:37am | by Brenda Hough

Please join us for two free upcoming webinars! On Wednesday, May 15th, Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Indiana, will discuss Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success. On Wednesday June 12th, Wendy Street, Director of the Pella Public Library in Iowa, will discuss how to Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets.

24 April 2013 - 7:34am | by Brenda Hough

Do you have a disaster preparedness plan for the library? If not, and you are in the process of creating one, you will be glad to know that TechsSoup's handy resource, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery, has recently been updated. Now, in addition to being available as a PDF or Word document, it's also available in ePUB and mobi formats!

22 April 2013 - 11:35am | by Brenda Hough

Most libraries now offer wireless Internet access within the building, so visitors can use their own devices to get online. Some libraries are going beyond that and are providing wireless access outside of the library, too (and I don’t just mean in the parking lot after hours). If you’re intrigued, read on! And check out the Mobile Beacon donation program at TechSoup.

17 April 2013 - 1:03pm | by Brenda Hough

Thanks to Dana Abbey for presenting today’s webinar, Helping People Find Good Health Information Online. Thank you, too, to all of the participants who asked great questions and shared additional resources. Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Midcontinental Region. If you missed it, you'll be happy to know the session was recorded!

15 April 2013 - 10:55am | by Brenda Hough

Thank you to the West Virginia Library Association for inviting us to be part of their Spring Fling 2013! Last Thursday, we delivered a thirty-minute virtual presentation for the conference. Since we were the last thing on the day's agenda before the evening meal, we called the session "Soup Before Supper: An Introduction to TechSoup for Libraries."

10 April 2013 - 12:38pm | by Brenda Hough

Thinking about providing health information training for your community? Here's advice from a pro! Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region. She has a background in public libraries, library consultation, and prescription drug monitoring. In her current role, Dana works to improve the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

8 April 2013 - 1:55pm | by Brenda Hough

Many of us spend a significant amount of time working at a computer. You have probably heard of "sitting syndrome" and may have seen one of the graphics circulating that depict the devolution of humankind. It's clearly important to consider the real world setup that we use as we interact with the virtual world, not only ergonomically, but from an overall quality of life perspective. What can you do to improve your computing time and space?