13 October 2011 - 4:49pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Beginning at midnight on Thursday, October 20, will be unavailable while we move several of our back-end systems to a new, long-term datacenter. This will provide you with greater stability when using our systems. We expect to be back online and fully functional by Monday morning, October 24. During this time, TechSoup's product donation programs and learning resources, community forums, and the TechSoup blog will all be unavailable. Also, users will not be able to access their account or donation request history information.

13 October 2011 - 7:45am | by Stephanie Gerding

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

10 October 2011 - 12:55pm | by Stephanie Gerding

TechSoup staff are giving away a full day of volunteer time on October 20 to six lucky San Francisco public libraries or nonprofits.

This contest ends October 14, so get your entry in now! Good luck & we look forward to your submissions!

3 October 2011 - 4:17pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Cloud computing is impacting libraries in many ways. You might already be using the cloud on a basic level, if you have an email account such as Gmail or Hotmail, or if you use Dropbox or Flickr. Cloud computing is a term used for applications and other IT services available over the Internet and can enable your library to save money, but are there risks? 

27 September 2011 - 1:39pm | by Stephanie Gerding

Become your library's strongest advocate when you register for the free online Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy training course. This six-week blended learning program is led by professional facilitators who teach valuable advocacy skills and lead you through the creation of a customized Advocacy Work Plan for your library.

27 September 2011 - 9:44am | by Stephanie Gerding

Interested in learning about TechSoup's Microsoft Software Donation Program and the recent updates? We have new Microsoft Donation Program short tutorials that include five short videos (around 3 to 5 minutes each) which cover key information regarding the Microsoft Software Donation Program.

22 September 2011 - 8:22am | by Stephanie Gerding

Participate in ALA's 4th annual National Gaming Day @ your library on Saturday, November 12, 2011. There will be lots of fun activities, including a national video game tournament in which your players can compete against other libraries across the country.

20 September 2011 - 1:24pm | by Stephanie Gerding

This morning I was truly fired up after reading fundraising literature and thinking of ways libraries can easily implement many of the ideas used successfully by nonprofits. One thing that was mentioned several times was the importance of not asking for money, but instead sharing stories of people impacted by the organization and then presenting an opportunity to help or contribute to a specific program or project.

15 September 2011 - 10:55am | by Stephanie Gerding

Apps can be very helpful tools for libraries. They can help you engage and inform your community members, tell your library's story, and improve internal workflow. Here at TechSoup we are working on a new Microsoft-funded project called "App It Up" to help libraries and nonprofits identify and create apps.

14 September 2011 - 10:11am | by Stephanie Gerding

TechSoup's donor partner GiftWorks is offering First Things First - a series of free webinars covering topics like effective communication, branding, one-on-one fundraising, leveraging volunteers, and technology strategies.