13 July 2009 - 8:31pm | by Brenda Hough

I made a quick trip to Chicago for one meeting, but only had time for a taste of the vast ALA offerings. One session I really wish I could have attended is the popular LITA Top Technology Trends session. The next best thing to being there, luckily, is the recorded version available at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1797127.

7 July 2009 - 8:44am | by Brenda Hough
A couple of years ago I was part of a group that worked on the Kansas Core Competencies for Public Library Directors and Technology Core Competencies. Rather than pulling the competency ideas out of the air, one of the things the group did was to find as many pre-existing sets of competencies as we could. It’s the kind of thing that it makes complete sense not to reinvent.
2 July 2009 - 11:25am | by Brenda Hough

Trying to understand ARRA, NOFA, BTOP, and all of the other lingo surrounding the broadband stimulus programs? One of the best ways to learn more is to visit ALA's "Know Your Stimulus" site, which includes regularly updated links to information and resources.

1 July 2009 - 9:16am | by Becky Wiegand

Yesterday TechSoup, along with our pals at Idealware, put out a new article called Comparing Online vs. Traditional Office Software that delves into all the new choices for creating, editing, sharing, and collaborating documents and spreadsheets these days.

26 June 2009 - 9:23am | by Agnieszka_Koszowska

[The TechSoup for Libraries blog frequently features guest posts from library writers around the US.  With this post, however, we are excited to move beyond that to include the ideas and expertise of international library writers, too. Agnieszka Koszowska is a librarian and instructor at The Silesian Library in Katowice, Poland.]

"This is how we got an idea to involve the community members in creating and developing digital resources."

25 June 2009 - 4:19pm | by Becky Wiegand

Adobe CS Design Premium 3.3 MacTechSoup has two new and exciting updates to Adobe donations that affect libraries and (c)(3) friends of libraries:

24 June 2009 - 9:10am | by Amber Slaven

I coordinate the NetMaster program for the King County Library System. NetMasters are volunteer computer instructors who lead classes in the community libraries based on existing curriculum. Potential volunteers apply via our website and I contact them for orientation and training—this process is manageable, but does keep me pretty busy. Here is how it goes:

17 June 2009 - 2:49pm | by Becky Wiegand

Earlier today, we had a question asked in the TechSoup community forums about whether donated and discounted products through TechSoup were available to organizations if they weren't a registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The person was looking for Adobe's Photoshop Elements for their work. I know many folks are familiar with TechSoup's donation program already but for those of you who aren't, here was my response:

16 June 2009 - 8:07pm | by Brenda Hough

Earlier this week, Sharon Moreland blogged about the success the crew at the Northeast Kansas Library System has been having with Jing, a tool that allows you to capture content from a computer screen to create videos. It sounded so good that Cindi Hickey (at the State Library of Kansas) and I decided to try the tool out, too!

15 June 2009 - 2:55pm | by Sharon Moreland

According to Liz (our system administrator), everything good comes from Lifehacker.com...and that is where she found Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/).  As the Web site says, "Use Jing to capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it instantly...as an image or short movie."   You'll need to set up a free (limited use) account, which allows you to post stuff to

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