What We've Bookmarked This Month: STEM and Holiday Programming, Post-Election Resources, and More!

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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!

November was quite the month to say the least, what with the aftermath of the elections in the United States. I've found a lot of comfort, hope, and guidance from the response in library circles. Here's a roundup of the latest links, news, and library resources to recover and cope after the tumultuous political season.

Your Top 5 Library Technology Topics

Ever wonder what your fellow librarians are interested in learning? Here are the top 5 TechSoup webinars your fellow libraries tuned into in 2016.

Libraries Look to the Future

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"The future is always happening now" — Mark Strand

As the speed of technology change continues to increase, libraries are increasingly concerned with how to adapt and stay relevant in the future. It seems fitting that the topic of the latest Library 2.0 mini-conference addressed the future of libraries.

Broadband Planning and E-rate for Libraries: Enough Is Never Enough

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Does your library have enough broadband to meet the needs of patrons and staff? Technology use in libraries is at an all-time high. Without enough bandwidth coming into the library, patrons are unable to stay connected, and staff productivity is blocked. How can libraries plan for the future when it comes to broadband? And how can libraries leverage the E-rate program to increase bandwidth and the availability of high-speed Internet?

At our October webinar, we received E-rate advice and practical broadband planning tips from Amber Gregory (Arkansas State Library) and Emily Almond (Georgia Public Library Service).

As Emily said in her presentation: "Broadband is part of what makes libraries a beacon in our society.  Our mission is to provide access to everyone, regardless. We can't do that without broadband."

Here are Emily and Amber's tips for increasing the availability of high-speed Internet for your library.

TechSoup's Commitment to the Organizations We Serve

TechSoup is committed to the furtherance of civil society, defined as the organizations and individuals, separate from the worlds of both government and commerce, who undertake the tasks of improving the circumstances of the underserved and creating conditions in which people of goodwill can engage in discourse and find solutions for the many problems that impact the globe.

Recent elections and events across the world have stirred strong emotions and often seemed to highlight differences. No one knows the extent to which rhetoric will be acted on, and this uncertainty creates anxiety for many. In this context, we want to reiterate that TechSoup holds cardinal values around nondiscrimination, diversity, and inclusivity. No matter the context, we will stay true to these values and we will make common cause with others, in this country and across the globe, who share them.

What We've Bookmarked This Month: Book Covers from Legos, How Automation Will Impact LIS Jobs, and More!

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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!

Ready, Set, Connect! A Model of Public Library and Nonprofit Partnership

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We certainly love nonprofits and libraries here at TechSoup. The only thing we like better is when they get together to do extraordinary work. Ready, Set, Connect! (RSC) is a collaboration of Oakland Public Library and the nonprofit Community Technology Network (CTN) in the Bay Area.

Their Ready, Set, Connect! project provides serious technology career training to local teens who then provide digital literacy tutoring at the library. It is an innovative program that both organizations hope can be replicated across the country.

Introducing Gail's Toolkit: Tech Training Resources By and For Libraries

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With the boom in tech over the last several years, more and more public librarians are finding themselves thrust into training roles in an attempt to meet community needs. These "accidental trainers" want to equip their patrons with knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the digital age but often lack the time and experience to take the first steps. Gail’s Toolkit, a free resource from the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois, answers this need.

Are You Going to the CLA Conference? Come Say Hi!

If you're attending the California Library Association conference in Sacramento this week, we'd love to see you. We'll be at table 527 in the exhibit hall.

Stop by and tell us what your library is up to and how TechSoup for Libraries can help.

Meet the TechSoup Team

Steal This Resource: TechBoomers' Free Social Media Training for Librarians and Patrons

I know there are lots of social media tools beyond Facebook and Twitter that people are using that I should know about. But who has the time? That's why I like TechBoomers. They currently offer over 100 free courses composed of over 1,000 video and article tutorials.

TechBoomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use popular websites and apps. That means their courses are simple to digest and understand. It also makes TechBoomers a great resource for library staff and patrons to quickly find out how to use things like Snapchat, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Plus, all their content is Creative Commons licensed, which means you are free to reuse it in your own technology training for patrons or staff!

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