What Are the Copyright Rules for the Images on Your Website or Social Media?

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Today, almost everyone online has a sophisticated eye for up-to-date website layout and images. It can be a challenge for libraries with limited budgets to keep up. There are options for getting images at no cost, but it is essential to understand the copyright rules.

In this post, we feature an infographic on photography copyright laws compliments of Pikwizard. It tells you more about how to find and use safe and free images on your website and social media.

July 2018 Library Tech Newsbytes

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What's new in library tech! Library tech newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

Coding for Kids: Learning a Future-Proof Skill

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The sort of life skills we are encouraged to acquire at an early age have varied through the ages. Today's young generation can consider coding to be a basic literacy requirement if they hope to enjoy a meaningful working career. Coding for Kids: How to Get Started is a free resource that is perfect for library STEM programming. It is aimed at giving librarians, parents, and teachers access to a wide range of information and external links that are useful for anyone interested in learning the basics of coding.

Your Copiers Are Storing Confidential Patron Information. What You Can Do About It.

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Patrons copy or print all kinds of things at the library. Many do not contain sensitive data, but some probably do: birth certificates, ID cards, medical records, or banking information. Modern digital copiers and multifunction printers have hard drives that store data about all the documents they copy, print, scan, or fax. There are things you can do to insure patron privacy in this little-known area of data security risk.

June 2018 Library Tech Newsbytes

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See what's new in library tech! Library tech newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

Fun Resources for Public Service Day

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United Nations Public Service Day is June 23 every year. It is not one of the big, flashy commemorations, but we think it's one of the underappreciated ones. Public Service Day celebrates the value of public service to the community. It recognizes the work of public servants and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. In my humble opinion, libraries are the classic public service institutions. Another reason to celebrate Public Service Day is that we're just entering a spirited midterm election. I sometimes find it hard to remember that politicians are in public service. Here are some unique ideas for displays and décor for your library and fun resources for your patrons.

Patron Privacy and Self-Checkout Machines

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Does your library have a self-checkout? It seems like a simple question, but the ramifications are deep. After the Patriot Act was passed, libraries pushed back against government surveillance by purging patron records as soon as an item was returned. But that's only one step in a long and arduous process.

Microsoft Changes for Public Libraries

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The Microsoft Donation Program on TechSoup has had some significant changes recently. Microsoft products are a perpetual favorite for public libraries. The good news is that even though the number of donated products has been reduced, the product donations most popular with libraries will still be available. These include the latest versions of Windows 10, Windows Server, Exchange Server, Office Standard, and Office for Mac. The process for requesting your Microsoft donations hasn't changed. Here is what libraries can request from our Microsoft Donation Program.