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Can You Get Tech Advice from a Print Book?

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I was scanning the ALA Store when a book caught my eye: Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries: A LITA Guide. Given how many of our TechSoup for Libraries members come from small libraries, I thought this book would be a great subject for our very first book review! Is this guide something that belongs on every rural librarian's shelves? Can you get technology tips from a printed book? Will even the tech-savviest of librarians get something out of this book? Yes, yes, … and yes!

A Quick Caveat on Books About Tech

I'm possibly stating the obvious here, but it's important to note that when you buy a book on technology, there is almost always going to be something out-of-date in it. Technology moves so fast that even if the publisher were to continuously release updated versions of the book, it still couldn't keep up.

 Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries was published in 2013, and although the authors do a great job of keeping the descriptions and names of technology general, there is some information that isn't quite current. For example, the social media chapter lists a few platforms and tools to check out, but doesn't include Tumblr, Instagram, or Pinterest, which have become quite popular among libraries.  

How to Recruit and Engage Tech Volunteers at Your Library

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Could your library use some assistance in staffing? Whether you work at a large city library or a small one- or two-staff-member rural library, volunteers can make a huge difference! But how do you recruit, manage, and engage volunteers? How do you make sure your volunteers keep coming back?

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Share Files and Collaborate Online with Your Library's Staff with Box

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This post was originally published on TechSoup.org. We're excited to share that eligible public libraries can now request donations of Box, a file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. You can use Box to share files, such as photos from a recent event, with staff and volunteers. 

TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, Box.org.

Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service.

See the Box.org Donation Program for details about this offer.

Can My Library Use That Image?

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This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Librarians are naturally sensitive to copyright issues, but sometimes image permissions can be downright confusing. Here are some resources to help you determine which images are okay to use for your library's outreach efforts and marketing materials. 

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With so many cute cat photos on the Internet, it's tempting to just grab one and use it on your website. But what are the rules and where can you get good public domain or Creative Commons images to spice up your website?

With the rise of visual social media (like Pinterest and Instagram), a clear trend in digital communications is more images and fewer words — even if you are communicating through your website or an email newsletter.

Top 10 Sources for Free Images for Your Library's Website or Newsletter

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This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. If you use marketing collateral, such as a newsletter, a Facebook page, or fliers for your outreach, you need good images to go along with it. But you also need to make sure that these images are okay to use. So where do you begin? We made a list of 10 free image sources to help you get started in your search. 

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There are more places than ever to get free images that are entirely OK for you to use for your communications. Here are 10 sources for images you can freely use on your website or other communications channels. The following list is no particular order.

Donated Technology Helps Libraries Save Money and Time

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$19 Million Saved with TechSoup for Libraries

Yes, you read that correctly: The donation and discount programs through TechSoup for Libraries saved public libraries a total of $19 million in 2014. That's a lot of e-readers, tech instructors, resume reviewers, new hires, flyers, 3D printers … and so on.

Teens and Seniors Learn New Skills Through Genealogy

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I first got hooked on genealogy in library school — a reference services course to be exact. We had an assignment where we had to look up information about an ancestor using primary and secondary library resources. After that little taste, I was hooked and started exploring even more of my family's history (and yes, signed up for an Ancestry account).

Genealogy is a great way to learn library resources, but I never really considered how it might be a tool for digital inclusion until I heard about the Burlington (Washington) Public Library's ROOTS program.

7 Ways to Give Your Next Presentation Oomph

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This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Whether you're using a slide deck for a computer class or adding some pizzazz to storytime, these tips on giving presentations will help you hold your audience's attention and help you feel better prepared.

Hey. Did you know that audiences forget 90 percent of what's presented to them? Well, of course you did! You've sat through your fair share of screamingly dull presentations where you felt proud that you remembered even 1.7 percent of what was presented (well, at least the parts you were awake for).

The Digital Public Library of America: A Look at the Future of Online Archives and Content

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I have to admit that it is kind of hard to describe what the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) does. Fortunately, I had a chance to hear directly from the founding executive director, Dan Cohen, on what DPLA is doing when he spoke last week at the San Francisco Public Library.

How to Build a Better Public Library Website: Three Stories

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Does your library's website need an updated look? Or maybe you're looking to start from scratch and build a whole new website? No matter where you are with your website, you'll find some useful tips from three librarians who talked about their web-building experience with us in our webinar, Library Websites on a Budget: Tips, Tools, and Tales

These three public librarians told us about the tools they used to build their websites and shared their learnings:

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