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Free Technology Cookbooks from TechSoup

TechSoup assists non-profit organizations in finding useful and affordable technology resources.  As part of their TechSoup for Libraries, they gathered tips and techniques from public librarians all over the country and compiled them into three helpful and FREE technology “Cookbooks.”

Planning for Success:
The most recent cookbook, Planning for Success covers innovative ideas and best practices for planning, building, and managing your library’s computer technology. The six sections are:

  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Communication and Partnerships
  • Buying and Deploying Technology
  • Maintaining and Sustaining Technology
  • Networking and Security
  • Innovation

Recipes for a Five Star Library:
This cookbook discusses using library technology to build community interest.  Topics include:

  • Wireless Networks
  • PC Reservation/Time Management Software
  • Print Management
  • Laptop Checkout Programs

Small and Rural Libraries:
Although this cookbook targets smaller libraries, it has some useful information that can be used by a library of any size.  The topics include:

  • Technology Planning
  • Computer Maintenance
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Technology Training Tips
  • Library Technology in the Future

All of the cookbooks are available for download in a PDF format.

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