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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.

The Library as a Newsroom


As a former tech reporter and current MLIS graduate, the intersection of libraries and journalism fascinates me. Really, the two go together perfectly: journalists seek factual information while libraries provide the resources to find it.

Unlock the Internet with Open Web Collection Development Tools


Developing, curating, and assisting patrons with print and electronic collections are ingrained in the daily work of a librarian. As more patrons turn to web resources for research, what is a librarian's role? One tactic is to build a collection of free or low cost web research tools that meet your community's informational, educational, and recreational needs.

Bridging the Digital Divide? Tell Us About It!

We know libraries have a million great stories, and we want to share your story with the world

TechSoup's Digital Connector Contest

TechSoup is looking for inspirational stories about how our members are using technology to promote digital inclusion.

All you need to do is tell us a little bit about your organization and how you're using TechSoup product donations to promote digital literacy. We'll do all the leg work in regards to story writing and polishing.

The winning story will be promoted through all of TechSoup’s channels, including our Local Impact Map. We will also make the final story available to your organization for your own outreach. If that's not awesome enough, the library or nonprofit with the winning story will win a sweeet Dell tablet.

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