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.

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.

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