2 November 2009
TechSoup for Libraries
TechSoup for Libraries is a project of TechSoup Global, a nonprofit organization devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world. As of June 2009, it has distributed over 4.9 million donated and discounted products to nonprofits and public libraries across the globe, freeing up more than US$1.4 billion dollars for other uses.
TechSoup for Libraries grew out of a desire to specifically address the technology needs of public libraries. An important part of the program is the information developed as part of the MaintainIT Project, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Project gathered stories from public libraries about how they support their public computers. These tips and techniques were published in “Cookbooks” and articles, available for free on the MaintainIT Project website. TechSoup for Libraries continues to share these stories from the field so libraries can continue learning from each other.