Immigrant Asset Mapping at Halifax Public Libraries

Immigrant Asset Mapping at Halifax Public Libraries

Immigrants are such a hot-button issue these days that we decided to search for a library that does excellent work to serve these specialized patrons. The U.S. immigrant population is roughly one in six people. Canada is having an immigration spike as well, and the Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are doing good work to serve them.

Tips for Teaching Audio Storytelling Skills at Your Public Library

Headphones and a typewriter

Public libraries are houses of stories, so they are the perfect venue for people to learn to share their own personal stories in audio form. These skills are not difficult to acquire, and people often have an expanded sense of self after their own audio stories are published online. The following tips might help your library walk down the audio storytelling path.

Join an "Intellectual Gym" to Save the Book? Really?

A brain lifting weights

We're exploring creative uses of library spaces this month in the TechSoup for Libraries piece Libraries as Co-working Spaces. I recently came across an intriguing think piece by Nick Fouriezos in the online magazine OZY. The article makes a modest proposal on why brick-and-mortar bookshops should reinvent themselves as for-profit libraries. I just wanted to run this concept by you to see what you think.

Libraries as Co-working Spaces

People co-working at a table in a library

In the recent past, there has been a tremendous rise in the number of people living the digital nomad lifestyle. As a result, co-working has become a draw for many budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote employees. This new style of workspace gives individuals, startups, small businesses, and the like the opportunity to have an office environment without high overhead or a long-term lease. Often these spaces are filled with like-minded individuals who can capitalize on the networking and collaboration opportunities that can be had as a "resident" of such a space.

Library Tech Trends for 2018

Library Tech Trends 2018

What's in store for library tech for 2018? We have lots of important and just plain fun predictions for you, including makerspace programming suggestions, why the printed book will survive another year, some bleeding-edge tech, and a trends prediction by LITA's Christina Geuther. Welcome to 2018!

The TechSoup for Libraries Stories You Loved in 2017

The TechSoup for Libraries Stories You Loved in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, and the holiday season is upon us, let's take a look back at what you all loved (or really didn't love) in the past year.

The Most Requested TechSoup Products in 2017 for Libraries

Hands reaching for TechSoup

Around this time of year, we like to see what product donations public libraries particularly like among the more than 400 offerings on TechSoup. We thought you might like to know what your colleagues like from our Nonprofit and Public Library Tech Marketplace.

Library Technology, 2017 Year in Review

Person looking at a calendar through a magnifying glass

For better or worse, 2017 was definitely a year to remember. This past year gave us new political realities and the need for libraries to repair budgets and memory holes. It also gave us a promise of simpler e-book lending, widespread Wi-Fi hotspot lending, and maker programs. We think public libraries met the challenges of this past year admirably. Here is a glance back at 2017 through the lens of library technology.

2018: A Year to Connect and Collaborate

2018

With so much to learn from in 2017, we are already looking ahead to 2018.

We are especially focused on the opportunities relating to connection and collaboration — seeing libraries learn the importance of becoming collaborative spaces. Libraries can be spaces where groups in the community can come to meet and where newcomers can learn more about their city. On-site amenities can now be complemented off-site as well.

New TechSoup Tech Support Services for Libraries

TechSoup Services

If your library is a bit thin on tech support, TechSoup has launched four new services for budget-constrained organizations. TechSoup Services now offers libraries anywhere in the U.S. quick help-desk support, ongoing IT maintenance, cloud implementation help, and free referrals to trusted technology consulting firms.

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