13 April 2020 - 5:08am | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Newsbytes

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

It's pandemic time, and quite possibly, your library is closed. We've compiled some newsbytes we hope will be useful to you at home or wherever you are. Libraries will be the beneficiaries of a new $50 million grant program that is included in the new CARES Act. EveryLibrary, ALA, and Marshall Breeding have all published resources for Libraries on coronavirus. Publishers Weekly has pulled together an astonishing list of mostly free online offers we hope you'll like. The FCC has waived E-Rate gift rules to encourage your Internet provider to upgrade your Internet connectivity. Booklist and Book Links content is now free until further notice. Sad to say that there is a new bill in Tennessee that threatens librarians with fines or jail time. On the plus side, we offer you 2,500 free online museum tours to while away the hours and also welcome news that Macmillan has quietly abandoned its library e-book embargo. Whew! That's a lot!

Where else can you find such a dense assortment of library tech news? Here's your library tech newsbytes for April.

10 April 2020 - 5:15am | by Steve Hargadon

Introducing the Library 2.0 Small and Rural Library Conference

We're excited to announce a June Library 2.0 mini-conference that is being co-organized by TechSoup. It is "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17, from 12 to 3 p.m., U.S. Pacific time. Register for this free event here.

This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries, as well as the many unique challenges that libraries face in these strange times. A diverse array of keynote panelists and curated presenters will cover topics that will include

8 April 2020 - 7:47am | by Jim Lynch

Office 2010 Is Retiring, but Heres How Your Library Can Get Free Office 365

The popular Microsoft Office 2010 is soon going to reach its end of support. To avoid security risks, it's time to upgrade to a newer version of Office. The good news is that your library can get the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 for your administrative PCs from Microsoft Academic, or you can get donated on-premises Microsoft Office Standard 2019 from TechSoup. We also have affordable support services for email and data migration and a comprehensive set of training courses called the Microsoft Digital Skills Center for your staff and volunteers.

6 March 2020 - 10:22pm | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Newsbytes

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This National Women's History Month, we bring you a number of fun newsbytes we hope will be super interesting to you and your patrons. We lead off with deep resources compliments of the National Women's History Alliance, then go to the announcement of the new Carol Shields Prize for Women's Fiction, and further on to the announcement of The 19th: the new nonprofit women's issues news site. We also cover the new White House budget that seeks to eliminate IMLS funding — again, a new pandemics resource page for libraries, the possible end of LITA, and why Digital Book World banned Macmillan employees this year. Can you guess why?

Where else can you find such an exceptional assortment of library tech news? Here's your library tech newsbytes for March.

4 March 2020 - 6:59am | by Samantha Cossick

How Your Patrons Can Recycle Their Old Electronic Devices

Editor's Note: At TechSoup for Libraries we love to cover how to recycle everything we can. In our December 2019 Newsbytes, we mentioned Earth 911.com's great piece on How to Recycle Books and Magazines, including a handy Recycling Locator for listings of places that recycle books near you. This time we offer a resource list for both you and your patrons on where to recycle old electronic devices. This article was originally published on Allconnect.com.

With potential new tech electronics and gadgets on the horizon, you may be wondering, "What do I do with my old device?" Before you pitch it in the trash, here's everything you need to know to recycle electronics, including donating or selling your old cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices.

7 February 2020 - 5:32am | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Newsbytes

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we lead off with an invitation to meet our partner Asana at the PLA Conference. We then dive into news on two important online resources for African American History Month. We swiftly pivot to the first Library 2.0 free mini-conference for 2020 called "Wholehearted Libraries." We then make a hard right to the Missouri banned books bill that promises to send librarians to prison, then a hard left to news on record-breaking loans of digital materials last year. We then coast in on news of the Little Free Library feud and more free online Mexican cookbooks than you can shake a tortilla press at. Hope you read a little Spanish.

Where else can you find such a wild ride of library tech news? Here's your library tech newsbytes for February.

10 January 2020 - 6:01am | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Newsbytes

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer an update about the publisher Macmillan's library e-book throttling for libraries. We also reveal the books that defined the past decade, and also Book Riot author S.F. Whitaker's list of the books that have been repeatedly banned or challenged over the last 15 years. We also tell all that we know so far about the sale of OverDrive to the private equity firm KKR. Then there's news about the new version of PubMed, the free online database in the field of biomedical research, and what's coming up in the LibTech Conference in St. Paul in March.

Where else can you find such a collection of timely library tech news for the new year? Here's your library tech newsbytes for January.

9 January 2020 - 6:33am | by Erica Melko

Cyber Legal Clinics Create Access to Employment

Free legal representation can be hard to access in rural communities, and filing legal documents without representation can be costly and confusing. To improve access to civil legal justice for low-income community members, Wicomico Public Libraries (WPL) partnered with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to create a cyber legal clinic, called Legal Clinic @ YOUR Library. Participants attend clinics in person at WPL's Downtown branch and connect with Baltimore lawyers remotely using Google Hangouts to receive full civil legal representation free of charge.

8 January 2020 - 5:45am | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Trends for 2020

Welcome to our bold predictions on library tech trends for the coming year. This time we cover the fast-developing trends in privacy, the trend of abandoning late fees, and a new social media app you may not have heard of yet to reach your young Generation Z patrons. We also reveal what is in the works at PLA's DigitalLearn project, Library 2.0, OCLC Research, and what library tech expert David Lee King is looking forward to. We hope you like our library tech trends for 2020!

6 December 2019 - 6:55am | by Jim Lynch

Library Tech Newsbytes

What's new in library tech! Welcome to our monthly collection of fun and hopefully useful news items from our great twitter feed and wherever else we find them.

This month we offer news about unique gifts for readers in case you're a bit behind in your gift buying. We also cover some intriguing info on the life cycle of books and how to recycle your discards. Then there's what to consider when converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries. You've got to love that huge converted Walmart in McAllen, Texas. We feature Literary Hub's selection of 18 of the most striking libraries around the world, the zany Jigsaw Sideways Dictionary, New York Public Library's latest stylish library of things offers, and 12 famous authors writing about the libraries they love.

Where else can you find such a warm-hearted collection of library tech news? Here's your library tech newsbytes for December.