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Edge Pilot Library Case Study: New Braunfels, TX


The Edge Initiative is an assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the assessment in their libraries and communities. In this post, we share a case study featuring one of those pilot libraries: New Braunfels Public Library, TX.

New Site for Digital Literacy


One of our favorite topics here on the TechSoup for Libraries blog is digital literacy. We love to share best practices, tips and techniques, and resources that can help libraries with the digitial literacy efforts in their communities.  One great new resource that we would like to highlight is

Sacramento, CA and New Braunfels, TX: Edge Pilot Libraries


Thank you to Gretchen Pruett and Denise Davis for sharing their Edge experiences in today's webinar: Going First - Learning from the Edge Pilot Libraries. The session recording is available now.

T-shirt Fundraising Made Simple


Have you been looking for a new fundraising campaign? Check out Teespring, which is an online fundraising platform that allows you to crowdfund custom t-shirts. Right now, a special offer is available for TechSoup members, which provides a one-year premium consultation package and a one dollar discount off the base price of each shirt sold during a one-year period.

The Story of an App


One of the things I like best about working with TechSoup for Libraries is our connection to TechSoup, which provides opportunities for me to think beyond libraries and to consider technology in the broader non-profit environment. Last week I attended attend a TechSoup webinar, Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch. The session featured the story of SafeNight, an app for domestic violence service organizations. The webinar was not specifically about libraries and apps, but I found myself considering possibilities for libraries based on what I was learning.

Technology Engagement Survey: Help TechSoup Better Serve You


Would you please take a few minutes and complete this important survey about technology engagement? The information you provide will help TechSoup improve and tailor content to you and your library.

National Research and the Local Experience


National level research can be an interesting way to consider local experience. It can help raise your awareness as you consider the questions you want and need to ask when looking outside of the library at your community. For example, a couple of weeks ago, another interesting study was released by Pew Research called Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell. It describes the preferences of younger Americans (ages 16-29) when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. How can a local library learn from and use this national level data?

Going First: Learn from the Edge Pilot Libraries


For almost a year, we have been providing webinars featuring the Edge Initiative public library technology benchmarks. We've featured guests from around the country who have shared stories that represent best practices and success. They have shared their experiences and tips and also their lessons learned. We're getting ready to begin a new series of webinars and would love your input!

Six Libraries Spotlighted


Our July newsletter has been released and it features six new Library Spotlights from around the country!

Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA


On Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a session at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago: "The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator". Thank you to the presenters, Tameca Beckett, Youth Services Librarian at the Laurel Public Library (DE), and Andrea Berstler, Director at the Wicomico Public Library (MD), for the ideas and inspiration.

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