Valuing Tech Diversity at My Public Library

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Like everyone, I have my preferences about the hardware and software I like. I think it is natural to want others to share your tastes. My Somali-American programmer friend has taught me to be more open-minded. Here is how that happened.

Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

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Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors — Part Three — Audio Enhancements

Seniors using a laptop

This is the third of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here. Find the second part on audio enhancements here.

Sunnyvale Public Library — What a Library Does in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Sunnyvale Public Library exterior

Sunnyvale, California, is pretty much ground zero for high tech in the U.S. and Silicon Valley. The small city is 40 miles south of San Francisco and is the home of companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn. You'll also find aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and NASA's Ames Research Center. What does a public library do in such a place? The answer may surprise you. Plus, they have discovered a low-cost way to start up a multimedia lab. Meet Sunnyvale Public Library.

What We're BookMarking this Month: Books for Social Justice, Stuffed Animal Sleepovers, and Keyboards That Are Filthier than Toilets

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Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we'll share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

Libraries Supporting Social Good: Tools and Tips for Outreach to Nonprofits

Libraries should be engaged with their local social sector community. Social sector organizations are a critical part of the community because they provide much-needed services. They also make great programming partners and library advocates, and they may be part of your referral network for library patrons. The social sector is also a huge part of the economy, accounting for 10.3 percent of all private sector employment.

Hot Off the Press, the New Edition of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians

I want to announce to all TechSoup for Libraries readers that Pamela MacKellar and I have just published the second edition of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. It is published by ALA Neal-Schuman. We sincerely hope that you like the new edition!

Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors — Part Two — Text and Icon Enhancements

Woman working on laptop in park

This is the second of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here.

Fix It at the Library with DIY Repair Programs

Making is all the rage in libraries nowadays. But what if you want to fix something that's broken? Repair programs are an opportunity to teach patrons new skills while fixing technology, electronics, clothing, and other household items. Repair programs also help reduce waste by fixing items that would otherwise be thrown away.

What We've Bookmarked This Month: Libraries Resist, Mind/Shift Librarian-Approved Apps, and a Farewell to Fines

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Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

We're well into 2017, and if the groundhog is to be believed, we're into another six weeks of winter, at least here in North America. Whether you're shoveling snow or catching some rays in your part of the world, be sure to check out these library reads.

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