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Leaner Library Loaner Laptops: Tips from the Pro


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


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!


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.

PLA 2014: What We Learned and Who Inspired Us


It's incredible that the Public Library Association (PLA) conference was only three days because I learned so much. Between working the TechSoup for Libraries booth (great to meet you!) and attending sessions, I came home from Indianapolis with a fresh perspective on public libraries and technology. 

I Never Would Have Looked There: Help and Hope for Jobseekers

What do I do with my free time while traveling? I go to the local library, of course! While visiting Tucson, Arizona last week, I popped in to the Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library to see what the Pima County Public Library was up to. 

Five Free Mobile Research and Reference Tools to Try at Your Library


I spend a lot of time playing with the latest and greatest mobile apps, but I'm always most impressed with reference and research apps. The fact that one little app can give you access to so much information is pretty mind-blowing. You can recommend these apps to patrons along with other trusted web tools on your website or at the reference desk. On a tight budget? No problem: these apps are completely free.

Going to PLA? Stop By and Say Hi!

If you're attending PLA in Indianapolis March 11-15, we'd love to see you at our booth in the exhibit hall. We're especially excited about the chance to meet, learn from, and get energized by other librarians.

Of Makerspaces and Media Labs: Tales From Two Small Libraries

A number of large library systems have successfully implemented makerspaces and media labs (I’m looking at you, Chicago and Chattanooga), but these kind of creative spaces aren’t just for big libraries. Small libraries –  even those with tiny budgets and even tinier spaces –  can do it, too!

Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution


Libraries have the power to impact young people in so many ways. But for Matthew Shields, a nine-year-old in Kansas, a library transformed his way of life. Shields was born with only a thumb on his right hand. Thanks to a family friend and his local library, he now has a 3D-printed prosthetic hand with fingers that curl, grasp, and help him perform everyday tasks.   

Upcoming Webinar: Small and Rural Library Media Labs and Makerspaces

Digital media labs and makerspaces aren’t just for large library systems!
On February 26 at 11 AM Pacific time, we'll host a free webinar spotlighting two small libraries that have integrated digital media and makerspace technology into their libraries. Join us to hear their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

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