Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors: Part One – Magnification

This is the first 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.

Elderly users of digital devices are increasing in numbers. More than half of online seniors in America use Facebook nowadays. As seniors continue to make up a growing portion of today's digital society, it is important that they be able to confidently use their devices. The following how-to directions will hopefully be useful for librarians to help their patrons with sight impairment to magnify text and images on their screens so they can more easily see them.

When Public Libraries Are an On-Ramp to Open Source

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People go to the public library to expand their horizons. At the public library, they can encounter new ideas, new perspectives, and new possibilities. Sometimes they'll even find new hobbies and new career paths.

Free Online Training: Learn to Design a Great Website

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Do you want to design, or redesign, your organization's website, but have no idea how to begin? Great news, it's not as hard as it seems! And better yet, you don't need any special spidey or superhuman web powers to get started.

What We've Bookmarked This Month

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It is hard to believe we are already midway through January of 2017! The new year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plant seeds for the year ahead.

As you put those New Year's resolutions into action, be sure to check out these learning opportunities, resources, and insights from the library world.

Grantseeking in 2017: You've Gotta Be Bold

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This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We're sharing it here so libraries, like nonprofits, can benefit from the latest grantseeking tips.

My final blog post concerning themes grantseekers should understand in 2017 is about being bold. It is time to experiment with new ways of solving social or environmental problems. To use a much overused word, it is time to think innovatively.

Grantseeking in 2017: Demonstrating Inclusion

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This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We thought our library community could also benefit from Cynthia Adams' advice on grantseeking trends.

In my last blog I talked a bit about transparency and how it will apply to organizations seeking grant awards in 2017. In this post I would like to share my thinking around the importance of demonstrating to the grantmaker that your organization reaches out to, and includes, varying cultures.

Over the past several decades, inclusion has been a hot button for both grantmakers and grantseekers. But recently it has taken on new significance — and I would say new meaning — for many of us.

I think we have all come to realize that just adding a minority seat to your board of directors, or consciously making an attempt to fill that open position with someone from a different cultural background, simply isn’t enough. Both our boards and our staff, not to mention our membership, need to reflect the cultures of the communities where we work and live.

Grantseeking in 2017: Transparency Rules

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This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blogWe thought our library audience would appreciate Cynthia Adams' advice on how to improve their grantseeking efforts.

For the past nine years, my husband and I have spent the winter months in Baja, Mexico. After 40 years in Alaska, we figure we can handle a few warm winters. One of the best things about my time here each year is taking long walks along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and actually spending time thinking (a rare commodity for any of us these days).

I decided, on my latest foray along the cliffs, to write a series of blogs focusing on the overarching themes that I feel are important for every nonprofit organization to know about and understand as we move into 2017.

Free Online Courses Take You from Design Doldrums to Design Delights

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Do you wake up in a cold tech sweat when you know you'll have to adjust an image of your library director for an annual report, post photos on your website from an event, or create an invitation to your library foundation's gala affair? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you are in the design doldrums.

Happy Holidays from TechSoup for Libraries!

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Wishing you a happy and peaceful holiday.

We'll be taking some holiday downtime ourselves. TechSoup Customer Service will be closed from Friday, December 23, at 12 p.m. Pacific time through Monday, January 2, 2017. We will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

New Library Spotlight: Spartanburg County Libraries

"Our library doesn't have a social worker. We're all social workers here," says Todd Stephens, county librarian, Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

His libraries take what he calls a "tender and attentive" approach to supporting patrons who are homeless. This approach informs everything from security staff training to public access computer policies and much more.

Check out the library spotlight to learn how they do it.

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