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Welcome to the July TechSoup for Libraries newsletter and welcome to summer! This month we are celebrating the lush summer months by exploring green practices in libraries and giving our newsletter a fresh new look.
Online Events
TechSoup Global Discussion with Founder Daniel Ben-Horin
Friday, July 8, 2011, (10 a.m. Pacific)

Join a special Nonprofit Commons meeting in Second Life with the founder and co-CEO of TechSoup Global, Mr. Daniel Ben-Horin, a pioneer in the technology and nonprofit space. Learn how your library can obtain discounted and donated software and hardware and collaborate with technology experts, industry leaders, and other libraries and nonprofits. If you’ve never "teleported" into Second Life, you can find all the details online. It’s green to attend meetings online!

Virtual Teams Tweetchat
Monday, July 11, 2011 (10 a.m. Pacific)

Technology has made it easier than ever to work remotely outside the confines of the traditional library office setting, which can reduce office costs, electrical usage, and commuting times - a financial and environmental win for everyone involved. But is a distributed work team right for you and your library? Learn more about working on and managing remote teams during the TechSoup tweetchat. Sign onto Twitter and search "#VirtualTeams” to join in the discussion.

'Donate Your Brain' Tweetchats

Donate Your Brain is a way for libraries and nonprofits to get tech questions answered quickly by folks in the larger TechSoup audience without having to scour through articles and forums. For six weeks starting on July 13th, the hashtag is #DYB.
Announcing Virtual NetSquared Local: Participate from Anywhere!
Each month, the NetSquared community (a project of TechSoup Global) meet up at events around the world to discuss ideas, meet new people, and work together to make social change. Due to the increased popularity of these gatherings, NetSquared has introduced the Virtual NetSquared Local page, the hub for attending NetSquared Local events occurring in 26 countries. You can watch events around the world and listen in on issues that are pertinent to you and other libraries and nonprofits, and make connections with other nonprofits, government groups, social entrepreneurs, libraries, and innovators.

Virtual NetSquared Local is completely free of charge for anyone to use, and only requires an internet connection. To learn more about Virtual NetSquared events and to sign up, simply go to meetup.com/VirtualNet2 and join the group. You will be e-mailed every time there is a new event. The hashtag for sharing ideas and connecting with other participants on Twitter is #virtualNet2.
Greening Your Laptop and Cell Phone Batteries
After just a few short years, my laptop battery is showing signs of old age, and my computer keeps prompting me to replace it. To avoid this scenario and extend the usability of your batteries, read this great article from Jim Lynch, How to Get Long Life Out of Laptop and Cell Phone Batteries. There are some easy things you can do to keep rechargeable batteries healthy, such as not letting the battery go below 10% of its charge, “calibrating” it once a month, and not leaving them in hot cars or in the sun.
Monthly Survey: Benchmarks
We rely on your thoughts and experiences to create practical and useful resources for libraries. This month, we'd like your thoughts on the Public Access Technology Benchmark initiative. Please take a moment to answer the two questions in our survey and if you’re lucky, win a prize!

Don't forget that what might be "no big deal" to you may be an "aha!" to someone else. Thanks to ALL of you for your continued participation and support. Please keep in touch; we savor your feedback and contributions.

--Stephanie Gerding, TechSoup for Libraries
techsoupforlibraries@techsoup.org
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