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Sunnyvale Public Library — What a Library Does in the Heart of Silicon Valley

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Sunnyvale, California, is pretty much ground zero for high tech in the U.S. and Silicon Valley. The small city is 40 miles south of San Francisco and is the home of companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn. You'll also find aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and NASA's Ames Research Center. What does a public library do in such a place? The answer may surprise you. Plus, they have discovered a low-cost way to start up a multimedia lab. Meet Sunnyvale Public Library.

5 Graphic Design Resources for Non-Designers

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We wanted to share it with the library community as so many of you are designing flyers, websites, and promotional images for programs and events. 

Whether you're creating a postcard, flyer, presentation, or fundraising email, a little design know-how goes a long way.

Don't have a graphic designer in-house? No problem. With the recent launch of discounted Adobe Creative Cloud memberships on TechSoup, we have been doing some great webinars and blog posts on graphic design basics and how to use Adobe tools.

Basic Know-How: Graphic Design for Non-Designers

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Four Things Non-Designers Should Know About Graphic Design by our Laura Kindsvater is a very plain language intro if you're just getting started, including

  • The basics of layout so that the important stuff gets noticed.
  • Figuring out which colors to choose.
  • Where to find good images.
  • Not overloading with too many fonts.
  • Finding handy free tools and design templates.

Calling All Libraries — Come Celebrate Creativity with #CelebrateAdobeCC

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Because the contest is open to libraries, we wanted to share it with our creative community. 

'Imagination is more important than knowledge. ... imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.' — Albert Einstein

TechSoup and Adobe have teamed up to bring you a Facebook contest where you can win $1,000 by submitting any and all content your organization has created using Adobe.

How fun is that?

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Design, Create, and Inspire with Adobe Creative Cloud

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. At library conferences this past year, we regularly got one question: Are you getting Adobe Creative Cloud soon? Now we can finally give you the answer you want: Yes! Public libraries are eligible for discounted Creative Cloud individual licenses for staff. Your library can use Adobe Creative Cloud to create flyers, make promotional videos, design newsletters, and more. 

TechSoup is proud to announce the newest product in the Adobe donation program: Creative Cloud.

Creative Cloud is the evolution of Creative Suite: a suite of design applications for creating graphics, video, audio, and interactive content for print, the web, and mobile devices. You can use Creative Cloud to tell your story in a variety of media.

TechSoup offers access to 60 percent off the retail rate on the first year of a Complete plan membership for one user. Adobe will then automatically bill you at 40 percent off the retail rate for every year after until you cancel. You can request discounted rates for as many individual memberships as you need, and this offer is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public libraries regardless of their size and budget.

This plan includes the full version of every Adobe Creative Cloud program, full access to its related services, access to Behance ProSite, and 20 GB of cloud storage space. Adobe also provides all updates and upgrades without any additional cost. See the program page for more details about this membership offered through TechSoup.

Your Top 10 Tech Topics

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. As our fiscal year comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on what resonated with our members this year. While some issues, such as Internet security and technology training, might resonate stronger with libraries than say, crowdfunding, we thought you'd find this list interesting. 

Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit community, found most interesting in 2014–2015.

Here are the top 10 reasons you tuned in to the TechSoup blog this year.

Get E-Crafty: Bringing Creativity Online

Your library probably offers some sort of craft programming, either for kids, teens, adults, or all of the above! Have you ever considered taking crafting online? At the California Library Association's annual conference (also known as CLA), the librarians from the Santa Clara County Library presented on bringing traditional programming online. I had never heard of the term "e-craft," so that portion of the presentation was intriguing.

The idea is that patrons can do craft time at home by using online instruction sheets. This is a great way to involve community members who might be unable to physically get to the library for a craft program.      

Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Design Contest 2010

Adobe and TechSoup Global are pleased to announce the 2010 Adobe Show Your Impact Design Contest for libraries and nonprofits using donated Adobe software. Submit a piece of work created with Adobe products that demonstrates how your library addresses issues that impact the communities you serve. You could win a $1,000 grant and Adobe products.