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Why Net Neutrality Matters for Libraries

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On May 15, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to release a proposal to reinstate net neutrality rules. The proposal, written by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, would allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge websites for faster services. What does this mean?  Companies can pay money to be in a virtual "fast lane" for sending content, leaving less lucrative websites in the dust. 

Fiscal Year–End Reminder: Place Donation Requests Before June 30

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Make sure your library gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Supporting Job Seekers at Your Library: Webinar Recap

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The public library means so much to so many different people: a place to check out the latest fantasy novel, a quiet workspace, or a center for picking up new tech skills. The library can also be a place to find a new job – though your patrons might not know that yet.  

Library In A Box: How Worthington Brings Library Services Anywhere

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Move over bookmobiles, there’s a new way to get library services out into the community. I’m calling it a “library in a box”. It was devised by Susan Allen at Worthington Libraries in Ohio. It's not very expensive, and I think it's a genius idea.

It’s not news that libraries have ample digital collections of eBooks, magazines and academic journals, music and much more. Imagine being able to show people all the resources your library can offer, wherever people happen to be hanging out.

Feeding a Need: New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

Millions of low-income students rely on free or low-cost school meals. But when summer vacation starts, the school meals end. This means youth who had access to nutritious meals during the school year may be undernourished or hungry over the summer.

The good news is:  there are thousands of sites serving free summer meals to low-income youth.

And there's a new free mobile app called Range that helps libraries, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and others working with youth locate those free meal sites this summer.

National Library Week: Why TechSoup Loves the Library

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In honor of National Library Week, we asked TechSoup staff to share why they love their local library. Some shared fond library memories, while others talked about how the library impacts them and their families today.

Heartbleed: What It Is and What To Do About It

By now you've probably heard of a massive IT issue that could potentially affect millions of Internet users. Learn what it is and what TechSoup is doing about it.

Leaner Library Loaner Laptops: Tips from the Pro

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After the Zion-Benton Illinois Library had some of their expensive laptops stolen and broken, they didn't give up on loaning out laptops to patrons. Instead, they decided to try using sturdier, but less expensive refurbished laptops. Here's how they did it.

Internet Filtering: Don't Do It

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To filter or not to filter: that's a big decision public libraries face. Ever since the Supreme Court upheld the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), libraries have felt pressure to filter Internet on public access computers.

Teaching Internet Safety to the Public: It’s Easier than you Think!

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The issue of Internet safety is arguably one of the most important skills to address in basic digital literacy instruction. At the same time, it can be a difficult topic to teach for many reasons. We took a deeper look at this topic during our March TechSoup for Libraries webinar, and heard from one library that has successfully been offering Internet safety instruction to the public.

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