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7 October 2010 - 8:38am | by Chris Peters

Grants and hiring go hand-in-hand because our ambitions and our current capacity rarely line up precisely. One of the main points of grant programs is they let nonprofits and libraries stretch, build capacity, and accomplish goals beyond their ordinary means. Yet therein lies a conundrum: if a grant project is beyond your current capacity, and you tackle it anyway, you're committing yourself and your colleagues to the difficult work of hiring new staff.

6 October 2010 - 8:41am | by Chris Peters

If you've followed our blog here at TechSoup for Libraries for any length of time, you know that we're fans of Windows Steady State, the free public access security tool from Microsoft.

5 October 2010 - 8:58am | by Chris Peters

When it comes to high-speed Internet access, we exhibit classic symptoms of addiction. That is, we need increasing levels of the desired substance (i.e. bandwidth) to get the same buzz.

16 September 2010 - 8:27am | by Chris Peters

Note: This post was updated on September 23, 2010 to correct factual errors concerning Symantec's disk imaging products.

We wrote about disk cloning (a.k.a. disk imaging) in our third Cookbook, but it's such a useful tool for libraries that it's worth revisiting the topic and sharing new developments in the field.

16 September 2010 - 8:27am | by Chris Peters

Note: This post was updated on September 23, 2010 to correct factual errors concerning Symantec's disk imaging products.

We wrote about disk cloning (a.k.a. disk imaging) in our third Cookbook, but it's such a useful tool for libraries that it's worth revisiting the topic and sharing new developments in the field.

14 September 2010 - 4:00pm | by Chris Peters

We're keeping an eye on the steady stream of press releases coming from NTIA announcing approved BTOP grants. It's great to see the serious attention paid to digital divide issues by the federal government as well as the hundreds of nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies (both state and local) involved in implementing the grants.

14 September 2010 - 4:00pm | by Chris Peters

We're keeping an eye on the steady stream of press releases coming from NTIA announcing approved BTOP grants. It's great to see the serious attention paid to digital divide issues by the federal government as well as the hundreds of nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies (both state and local) involved in implementing the grants.

12 August 2010 - 11:57am | by Chris Peters
21 July 2010 - 2:13pm | by Chris Peters

Net neutrality and related broadband policies are complex, contentious subjects because all parties realize that the decisions made now could determine the distribution of power on the Internet for decades while also shaping its progress and development. Both sides in this debate have rich, powerful allies. On the pro side is the High Tech Broadband Coalition, whose members include employees from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, and the Save the Internet Coalition.

23 June 2010 - 10:05am | by Chris Peters
Is someone at your library following the work of the Knight Commission on Information Needs in a Democracy? Their research and reports provide lots of evidence supporting those of us who argue that our representatives need to support libraries,  good journalism, and a wider ecosystem of adult learning opportunities.

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