8 January 2018 - 1:41pm | by Jim Lynch

A brain lifting weights

We're exploring creative uses of library spaces this month in the TechSoup for Libraries piece Libraries as Co-working Spaces. I recently came across an intriguing think piece by Nick Fouriezos in the online magazine OZY. The article makes a modest proposal on why brick-and-mortar bookshops should reinvent themselves as for-profit libraries. I just wanted to run this concept by you to see what you think.

5 January 2018 - 12:23pm | by TechSoup Staff

People co-working at a table in a library

In the recent past, there has been a tremendous rise in the number of people living the digital nomad lifestyle. As a result, co-working has become a draw for many budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote employees. This new style of workspace gives individuals, startups, small businesses, and the like the opportunity to have an office environment without high overhead or a long-term lease. Often these spaces are filled with like-minded individuals who can capitalize on the networking and collaboration opportunities that can be had as a "resident" of such a space.

3 January 2018 - 12:42pm | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Trends 2018

What's in store for library tech for 2018? We have lots of important and just plain fun predictions for you, including makerspace programming suggestions, why the printed book will survive another year, some bleeding-edge tech, and a trends prediction by LITA's Christina Geuther. Welcome to 2018!

30 November 2017 - 1:53pm | by TechSoup Staff

The TechSoup for Libraries Stories You Loved in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, and the holiday season is upon us, let's take a look back at what you all loved (or really didn't love) in the past year.

29 November 2017 - 7:28am | by Jim Lynch

Hands reaching for TechSoup

Around this time of year, we like to see what product donations public libraries particularly like among the more than 400 offerings on TechSoup. We thought you might like to know what your colleagues like from our Nonprofit and Public Library Tech Marketplace.

28 November 2017 - 12:59pm | by Jim Lynch

Person looking at a calendar through a magnifying glass

For better or worse, 2017 was definitely a year to remember. This past year gave us new political realities and the need for libraries to repair budgets and memory holes. It also gave us a promise of simpler e-book lending, widespread Wi-Fi hotspot lending, and maker programs. We think public libraries met the challenges of this past year admirably. Here is a glance back at 2017 through the lens of library technology.

27 November 2017 - 1:14pm | by TechSoup Staff

2018

With so much to learn from in 2017, we are already looking ahead to 2018.

We are especially focused on the opportunities relating to connection and collaboration — seeing libraries learn the importance of becoming collaborative spaces. Libraries can be spaces where groups in the community can come to meet and where newcomers can learn more about their city. On-site amenities can now be complemented off-site as well.

2 November 2017 - 8:09am | by TechSoup Announcements

TechSoup Services

If your library is a bit thin on tech support, TechSoup has launched four new services for budget-constrained organizations. TechSoup Services now offers libraries anywhere in the U.S. quick help-desk support, ongoing IT maintenance, cloud implementation help, and free referrals to trusted technology consulting firms.

2 November 2017 - 7:53am | by Jim Lynch

Hands reaching out for support

McPherson Square Branch Library is one of 54 branches of the famous Free Library of Philadelphia. It is in a classically designed Carnegie building from the late 1800s north of downtown Philadelphia. The building is situated in McPherson Square Park, known locally as "needle park" because of heavy drug use there. As opioid overdoses mount, staff members at the public library have become first responders to literally save lives

15 September 2017 - 1:09pm | by Phil Shapiro

Witch's Broom region of Veil Nebula

People often go to the public library to get things done. For a public library to fulfill its mission, it needs to be a "zone of the possible." What that means is that every question asked in a library must be given the best possible answer — an answer that a community member might not have been able to find without help. Libraries that are firing on all cylinders are anticipating those questions and are assembling answers before the questions show up in living, breathing form.

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