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Spotlight on Illinois and the Edge Initiative

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Illinois libraries have been actively involved in the development and testing phase of the Edge Initiative. In this article, we highlight a handful of resources from Illinois.

T-shirt Fundraising with Teespring

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Back in July, we wrote about the Middletown Free Library's t-shirt fundraising campaign with TechSoup donor partner Teespring.  Middletown has now created a repeat of the successful summer fundraising campaign! If you have been looking for a new fundraising idea, check out the Teespring donation program.

Spotlight on Oklahoma and the Edge Initiative

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Oklahoma libraries have been actively involved in the development and testing phase of the Edge Initiative. In this article, we highlight a handful of resources from Oklahoma.

Tricks and Treats for Staff Technology Training

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Thank you again to Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from the Skokie Public Library (IL) for starring in today's Edge Initiative webinar! If you missed the session, you'll be glad to know it was recorded. The archive is available now.

Atomic Training: A Resource for Technology Learning

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As we prepare for Thursday's Edge Initiative webinar with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library (IL), we're highlighting useful technology training resources. Whether your library is training its staff and volunteers to use Windows 8 or Excel, or helping patrons learn to use Google, the Atomic Training Donation Program at TechSoup can help you get started.

Staff Technology Skills: Stories and Resources

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Next week, we'll be talking to Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt about staff technology skills training (register here). It's an important topic and one we regularly address here at TechSoup. As we prepare for next week, we've gathered some of our favorite recent posts and spotlights related to staff training. Enjoy!

Tips for Technology Grant Success

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Many librarians are new to grant work and it can seem a bit intimidating to get started. However, grant work is really about five things librarians are great at: finding information, answering questions, building relationships, serving the community, and being trustworthy and dependable.

Get out there with the help of your Friends

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There's a lot of talk about the value in leaving the library building. Not for patrons, mind you, but for staff. I'm often reminded of a marvelous tip I learned from Gail Santy, a presenter at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference last year (handouts from her presentation).

Asking Your Community for Feedback

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Conducting a needs assessment can sound intimidating, but if you break it down into small opportunities for conversations, you’ll be surprised by how much information you can gather. In this article, Mitchell Community Public Library director Alexis Caudell shares her advice and experiences.

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