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

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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.

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

Open source linux laptop computer with an illustrated penguin on the keyboard

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

woman taking online nonprofit web design course

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.