TechSoup for Libraries

Free TechSoup Webinar: Social Media Decision Making

You've heard that social media can be useful to your library... but how useful? What measurable outcomes result from social media? Register online to join us Tuesday, September 21, 11 a.m. Pacific time (Noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2 pm Eastern).

Notice Anything Different About Us?

You'll see some changes at as you browse the site, login to your account, and request product donations. We've improved the site's usability and security, making it easier to get the tech products and information you need. Read more about the valuable site updates and improvements that will help you request donations.

Collecting Patron Technology Training Resources

WebJunction is taking a giant leap forward for library trainers across the country, by developing a truly valuable collection of library technology training resources and assets. These materials will be free to download and reuse, which will help reduce your library’s burden of developing and finding training materials. I'm so excited to be working with WebJunction on this project. It is actually a dream come true for me.

Library Cards: there's an app for that!

Library cards can be digitized on an iPhone or iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry using the mobile app, CardStarThis handy video created by Hinsdale Public Library in Illinois shows how to install the app and how easy it is to use in the library.

Community Organizers Handbook

Check out NetSquared's new Community Organizers Handbook that covers all aspects of local community organizing. This wiki is a great resource for your library in connecting with community groups, whether through meetings and programs you sponsor, or by sharing this resource with your local groups. 

ARSL-ABOS 2010 Conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) will have their 2010 ARSL-ABOS Joint Conference in Denver, Colorado, on October 14-16. The theme is "Magic in the Mile High City." Designed for directors, staff and trustees of small libraries, bookmobiles and outreach staff, attendees will find information that is helpful, practical and relevant.

Great Advocacy Tool: OCLC's How Libraries Stack Up Report

This report has been out a few months, but I finally got a chance to look at it. I was surprised that it is only 2 pages (could have read it sooner!). But it is full of great stats about the varied roles libraries play in our communities (economic, social and cultural). This report is great for distribution at community meetings, and it could also be emailed to appropriate leaders and shared with all library staff. The technology training statistics caught my eye:

Upcoming Webinar: Online Collaboration Tools

It doesn’t matter if your library is large or small, or if you have a complex network or have no server at all. Knowing about online collaboration tools can help organizations and individuals be more effective, for less money, especially when your staff is not located in one central place.