13 May 2015 - 11:37am | by Elliot Harmon

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library has to make hard decisions about how to meet its community's needs on an extraordinarily limited all-donation budget. Here's how the library does it. 

The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library serves the small town of Natalia, Texas. It's open 25 hours a week, with a staff of one. With extremely limited resources, librarian Amy Edge must make difficult decisions every day about what her library can provide. Whenever she's making those tough decisions, she asks herself which option will do more to improve the lives of Natalia residents.

4 November 2010 - 2:25pm | by Elliot Harmon

I recently spoke with Alice Loy, co-founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. GCCE and the New Mexico State Library are partners in Fast-Forward New Mexico (FFNM), a BTOP-funded project. Among other things, the project provides for 64 hours of free Internet training in 17 libraries around the state.

26 October 2010 - 5:47am | by Elliot Harmon

BTOP grants represent a huge opportunity for public libraries and other institutions to redouble the broadband access that they can offer their communities. But of course, with that access means more need for educating and supporting broadband users. For many of the public libraries and community centers I've talked to, how to match that increased access with appropriate staffing remains an open question.

30 September 2010 - 11:17am | by Elliot Harmon

As Sarah mentioned a few weeks ago, TechSoup is currently working on a project funded by the Surdna Foundation to survey the landscape of BTOP-funded public computing initiatives and compile resources, lessons learned, and best practices. It's been fascinating to chat with people about their projects and learn about recent successes and challenges in the world of public access computing.