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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.

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.

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.

30 October 2019 - 4:37am | 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 the launch of the free GoFundMe Charity service, some non-obvious digital privacy techniques for your patrons from David Pogue, and breaking news on Vancouver Library's new canine library. What is a canine library, anyway? We also cover the latest in the saga of banned Harry Potter books, the food pantry library in Independence, Missouri, and librarian Betsy Kennedy's tips on how you can set one up too. Don't miss our coverage of what a public library ransomware attack looks like and Patrick Sweeney's useful hacks for making the library a comfy home office.

Where else can you find such a motley collection of library tech news? Here's your library tech newsbytes for November.

9 October 2019 - 6:32am | 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 offer news on the U.S. senators pushing back on the FCC's plan to cut funding for the Universal Service Fund and the E-Rate Program. We also bring news about Library Journal's best small library in America 2019. It's one in the troubled southern borderlands with Mexico. There's also former ALA president Loida Garcia-Febo's wellness resources for library workers, Wichita Public Library's fancy checkout receipts that tell patrons how much they save by borrowing instead of buying books, David Lee King's library tech predictions on 5G, and what e-books at the library mean for patron privacy.

It's an odd assortment, we know. Nonetheless, here's your library tech newsbytes for October and Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

27 September 2019 - 5:12am | by Jim Lynch

PLA's Obamacare Open Enrollment Resources for 2019

Who doesn't need affordable healthcare coverage? Amidst all the debate about it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is still in operation and still offers subsidized coverage to many in the country. The catch? The annual enrollment period is very short this year, just six weeks, and choosing a plan and enrolling in it is complicated. Open enrollment for 2020 begins November 1, 2019, and runs through December 15, 2019. Library patrons will undoubtedly need help, and the Public Library Association (PLA) has some free resources for you on this.

4 September 2019 - 10:25am | 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 on the free third annual library 2.0 virtual conference on emerging library technology, how the 2020 census will affect public libraries, the first IMLS grant for esports (that we know of), Microsoft closing its e-bookstore, Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols heralding the end of tablet computers, and the weirdest library of things collection in America. OK. We admit it. We like our library tech news to be useful but a bit on the weird side here at TechSoup for Libraries.