9 February 2015 - 12:24pm | by Jim Lynch

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. If you use marketing collateral, such as a newsletter, a Facebook page, or fliers for your outreach, you need good images to go along with it. But you also need to make sure that these images are okay to use. So where do you begin? We made a list of 10 free image sources to help you get started in your search. 

photo of red poppies on laptop screen

There are more places than ever to get free images that are entirely OK for you to use for your communications. Here are 10 sources for images you can freely use on your website or other communications channels. The following list is no particular order.

5 February 2015 - 12:35pm | by Ginny Mies

$19 Million Saved with TechSoup for Libraries

Yes, you read that correctly: The donation and discount programs through TechSoup for Libraries saved public libraries a total of $19 million in 2014. That's a lot of e-readers, tech instructors, resume reviewers, new hires, flyers, 3D printers … and so on.

4 February 2015 - 10:45am | by Ginny Mies

I first got hooked on genealogy in library school — a reference services course to be exact. We had an assignment where we had to look up information about an ancestor using primary and secondary library resources. After that little taste, I was hooked and started exploring even more of my family's history (and yes, signed up for an Ancestry account).

Genealogy is a great way to learn library resources, but I never really considered how it might be a tool for digital inclusion until I heard about the Burlington (Washington) Public Library's ROOTS program.

23 January 2015 - 5:40pm | by Dulcey Reiter

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Whether you're using a slide deck for a computer class or adding some pizzazz to storytime, these tips on giving presentations will help you hold your audience's attention and help you feel better prepared.

Hey. Did you know that audiences forget 90 percent of what's presented to them? Well, of course you did! You've sat through your fair share of screamingly dull presentations where you felt proud that you remembered even 1.7 percent of what was presented (well, at least the parts you were awake for).

16 January 2015 - 12:18pm | by Ginny Mies

Does your library's website need an updated look? Or maybe you're looking to start from scratch and build a whole new website? No matter where you are with your website, you'll find some useful tips from three librarians who talked about their web-building experience with us in our webinar, Library Websites on a Budget: Tips, Tools, and Tales

These three public librarians told us about the tools they used to build their websites and shared their learnings:

webinar presenters

6 January 2015 - 3:26pm | by Emma Wendel

The demand from patrons in the Sonoma County Library (SCL) system for e-reader assistance was high — and something needed to be done. At the time, I was working as a part-time circulation technician, and I was aware of the need for something that could help people at home, or that nonprofessional staff like myself could direct people to during busier times at the reference desk.

23 December 2014 - 11:43am | by Ginny Mies

Your library probably offers some sort of craft programming, either for kids, teens, adults, or all of the above! Have you ever considered taking crafting online? At the California Library Association's annual conference (also known as CLA), the librarians from the Santa Clara County Library presented on bringing traditional programming online. I had never heard of the term "e-craft," so that portion of the presentation was intriguing.

The idea is that patrons can do craft time at home by using online instruction sheets. This is a great way to involve community members who might be unable to physically get to the library for a craft program.      

22 December 2014 - 10:13am | by Ginny Mies

Incorporating digital elements into story time has been a popular topic this year. There were two sessions on the topic at the California Library Association's annual conference as well as a session on story time apps at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference.

We also had an incredible turnout for our November Every Kid Ready to Read: Tech Tools for Early Literacy webinar.

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