The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information regarding their computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and how they function as public access technology centers in their communities.
Submit your digital story during TechSoup Global's Digital Storytelling Challenge open now through October 16th.
Full disclosure: I'm a nonprofit gal. My background and work as a professional and volunteer has always been with nonprofits and for the social service community. It's part of why I love working for TechSoup. I was a TechSoup user at three small nonprofits prior to joining the team and by being part of it, I get to hold a teeny piece of helping other nonprofits around the country and world which are doing great work for their communities.
While looking for anything to watch other than Tom Delay shake his bum on Dancing with the Stars the other night, I came across one of the new commercials from Microsoft about their upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever seen.
Our spokesmodel can't talk yet, so she is modeling for us instead. Quite a creative declaration for one so young, but her mother (Sarah Washburn) encourages her to express herself. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, the importance of the First Amendment, and the benefits of free and open access to information. It highlights the harms of censorship by spotlighting book bannings.
TechSoup is about to embark on a grand series of events to help nonprofits learn and demonstrate ways to effectively tell their stories. Some of my favorite causes have captured my loyalty and heart strings through amazing use of video and images. Last year, I blogged about what a hoot the AARP voting video was.
Flip Video has partnered with TechSoup to make its pocket-sized digital camcorders available to 501c3 libraries and nonprofits in the United States. Flip Video's simple camcorders can be used by people with any level of video experience to create, edit, and share movies. Libraries can use these camcorders to give their staff, volunteers, and constituents the ability to further their causes through digital storytelling in a fun and easy way.
Not long ago, I blogged here about how many libraries have seen an uptick in demand for their free Internet access as a result of burgeoning unemployment rates. Well, a co-worker dropped the local section of the San Jose Mercury News on my desk last week because of a front-page article that expands on the topic.
There was a great article posted on CNN last week, The Future of Libraries, With or Without Books. I was happy to see many familiar names that have been involved with TechSoup for Libraries and the MaintainIT project. I love hearing about libraries that transform and that are true community centers. How has your library evolved? What role will technology play in the new library spaces? Will we ever have a Netflix model for library books? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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