17 January 2012 - 10:09am | by Stephanie Gerding

In this free, one-hour webinar, we will share valuable information regarding creating and using apps in libraries and nonprofits. Thanks to a grant from Microsoft, TechSoup’s App it Up project has enabled us to learn about the kinds of apps nonprofits and libraries are using to engage constituents, tell stories, and accomplish their goals. Discover popular apps you can put to use right now. Listen in when Shawn Michael of NPower explains how her organization effectively uses apps.

23 December 2011 - 9:46am | by Stephanie Gerding

TechSoup offices and Client Services will be closed for the holidays from today, Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2, 2012. 

Please Note: Donation requests will not be processed during our holiday break. 

You can still place donation requests, but we won’t be able to process them until we’re back in the office at 8 a.m. (Pacific time) on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. 

20 December 2011 - 1:56pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Hundreds of people attended our webinar, Training an Invisible Audience: Delivering Effective Webinars, and while we responded to a lot of the questions asked during the presentation, we didn't get to all of them. We had such an interactive group-- it was really fantastic. Following are questions asked in the chat. Please ask other questions in the comments below, and we'll be sure to answer them.

13 December 2011 - 9:25am | by Stephanie Gerding

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.

30 November 2011 - 2:14pm | by Stephanie Gerding

I'll admit when I first saw this webinar description, I had to look up the term geocoding. I soon discovered what a great tool it is for advocacy. You can only influence your local, state, and federal legislators if you know how to contact them. If you are new to this process as well, sign up for this webinar to find out more!

29 November 2011 - 3:30pm | by Stephanie Gerding
28 November 2011 - 3:36pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Interested in delivering webinars, but don't know where to start?  Join us for a free webinar, Training an Invisible Audience: Delivering Effective Webinars, on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

During this one-hour event, you will hear from two webinar experts who have trained thousands of online participants around the world, TechSoup webinar program manager Kyla Hunt and independent library consultant, author, and trainer Stephanie Gerding.

23 November 2011 - 1:41pm | by Stephanie Gerding

In honor of the U.S. celebration of Thanksgiving, TechSoup's San Francisco offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week. Our U.S. office also manages some services for TechSoup Canada, so even though the TechSoup Canada offices may be open this week, customer service may be unavailable until Monday.

In this season of giving we are thankful for everyone hard at work at libraries across the world. Here's a Thanksgiving haiku that I wrote for you:

11 November 2011 - 3:18pm | by Stephanie Gerding

I just saw this notice Pat Wagner shared from Kevin Haney, project director of the LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop) program at the University of North Texas. LE@D classes are high-quality online, self-paced courses, with many library specific topics. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am the author of one of these free online tutorials, Grant Writing Basics. Enjoy!

You can access LE@D classes and information at

31 October 2011 - 5:01pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Every year, foundations give more than 45 billion dollars in grant funding. And while last year saw a slight drop in funding, forecasts for 2012 are very optimistic for increased giving. While grant opportunities from very large foundations are sometimes very competitive, there are also regional foundations that give only to local organizations and may have less challenging proposal requirements. Do you know how to locate these opportunities?