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Electronic Resources Management (ERM)

Systems developed to assist librarians in the control of licensed third-party resources published electronically (databases, e-books, e-journals, etc.), including license management, renewal, legal use, access management, and collection development.

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Happy Connected Educator Month!

This month is Connected Educator Month (CEM) which supports President Obama’s education initiative called ConnectED. It is designed to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries within five years.

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Timeline of Educational Technology is Schools Infographic

Most of us think of technology in the classroom as a relatively recent event. In fact, it’s been an ever-evolving reality for over a century. Take a look at how technology in schools has changed over time.

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Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Data Plan



Data is the new coin of the realm. Learn how to stretch your budget!

Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right data plan among all the options out there? Start with the numbers.

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Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits – what’s your best option?


Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re using it for.

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College Unbound Students Attain Success on the Go

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Problem: College Unbound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing a pathway to an accredited bachelor’s degree with partnering colleges and universities. The program is targeted to those who began a degree program but were unable to finish, often adults who are full-time workers, full-time students and full-time parents. Though College Unbound is dedicated to educating one student at a time in out-of-the-classroom settings, many of their students did not have the necessary access to computers or Internet to complete their coursework.

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Housing Authority Pilot Provides Computers,
& Internet Access for Low-Income Residents


The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) not only provides safe, affordable housing, its mission includes addressing residents’ economic needs and offering a bridge to a better future. But one-fifth of their residents don’t have Internet access at home – a key tool in finding and applying for jobs, signing up for an affordable healthcare plan, and continuing education.

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4 Mobile Nonprofit Sites to Learn From

Recently we gave you our top tips for going mobile. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite sites that can help bring those tips to life for you. Feel free to click away and see how these work on your smartphone or tablet!



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Seven Tips for Nonprofits Going Mobile

We’ve talked about how important mobile sites are and why responsive design is a great option. To help you get started, we’d like to share some tips on creating a good mobile web site. Ready to take the plunge? Keep these guidelines in mind:

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MISSION: NONPROFIT Clue #2

 



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We LOVE Nonprofits!

One of the things we love most about our jobs is knowing that we’re helping other nonprofit organizations fulfill some truly worthwhile missions. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some that are especially close to our hearts.

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Why mobile sites have gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must have” for nonprofits

In January, we shared some statistics on the explosive use of mobile devices and how important responsive design has become for mobile commerce. Now we’d like to share why mobile sites have gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for nonprofits.

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Why Responsive Design is Important

 

As seen in the infographic below, more and more people are relying on smartphones and tablets to get information and make purchases. Nonprofits must figure out the best way to make sure their Web sites display information just as well on the small screen as on computers. Many nonprofits are now exploring the use of responsive web design to improve overall website functionality, allow for engagement with the public no matter what device they are using, and further their outreach and increase online giving.

Is your website optimized for the Mobile Web?

 

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Partnering to Break Down Barriers
Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 2/2



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Three Barriers to Getting Online
Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 1/2

It seems like the Internet is everywhere, with everyone tweeting, posting, reading, and enjoying its many resources. But as educators and nonprofits, we know not everyone is online. We see the people who are affected by the digital divide and the real problems they face, every day.

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The Ever-Changing Language of Technology.

 

As the world of technology constantly evolves, so does its language. Just when we think we can hold our own in a conversation with the office IT specialist, or our tech savvy kids at home, we find that the vocabulary we’re using so authoritatively is now hopelessly obsolete—along with the technology that spawned it.

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