NetSquared Central Massachusetts: NetSquared & TechSoup - How Can They Help Your Nonprofit?

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Hosted by NetSquared Central Massachusetts, June 18, 2020.

Join this virtual Meetup to learn about NetSquared Central Massachusetts Meetups and Techsoup and how they can help your nonprofit!

NetSquared Central Massachusetts is a volunteer-led Meetup Group of TechSoup that builds the technology capacity of nonprofits through networking and training events.

TechSoup supports nonprofits, charities, and libraries by providing discounts on software, hardware and services.

Guest Speaker: Paula Cohen

Chat Log

00:43:02    Ayer Library:    Hi everyone, I’m Tim Silva, Director of the Ayer Library.  A lot of what we do these days is dependent upon technology, and we find ourselves providing access to and assisting many library patrons with  the basic technology they need to participate effectively in today’s society.
00:43:10    Debbi:    Hi everyone - I'm Debbi Mallinson, co-organizer of NetSquared Central Massachusetts. We are trying to get the word out about this free meetup group and are interested in hearing what topics you would like to see at future events. Two upcoming meetings will be Microsoft Office 365 with a presenter from Microsoft and the second Cybersecurity/Privacy for Nonprofits presented by an IT professional from the Francis W. Parker Charter School.
00:44:19    Debbi:    Hi EB, thanks for joining us!
00:44:39    Elisabeth Parron:    So glad I could join!
00:45:11    Debbi:    If you're just joining us, feel free to introduce yourself in the chat and what you are hoping to get from this group.
00:46:42    Janel Hebert:    Janel Hebert, no current organization, I'm interested in learning new things in  technology 
00:47:22    Elisabeth Parron:    Hello Everyone, I’m Elisabeth Parron (EB).  Im an Instructional Technology Specialist from the Southborough Schools,  Im always looking for new ways to support my teachers and to enhance my own learning on anything tech related.
00:56:17    Debbi:    If you are joining us today and want to receive communications for future events please "Join" the NetSquared Central Massachusetts Meetup Group.  https://bit.ly/2zIgYii
01:09:58    Janel Hebert:    can you become a member if you are just starting a nonprofit?
01:17:00    Janel Hebert:    thank you, very interesting info
01:25:28    Elisabeth Parron:    Thank you for this information

 

Transcript

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Paula cohen: Ready to get started.

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Debbi: Yes.

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Paula cohen: What do you think, yeah, you ready okay that

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Paula cohen: We

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Paula cohen: weren't sure how many people are going to be joining us but down, it's great that you're here and welcome.

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Paula cohen: If you could

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Paula cohen: Introduce yourself into the chat. And what's your name, your organization, what

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Paula cohen: Particular interest attracted you to come to this today that would really be great.

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Paula cohen: And we're always really keen about

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Paula cohen: The intersection of technology and social good. So we would really like to maximize this experience for you.

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Paula cohen: Know all Eli gave you the introduction, he told you that all the

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Paula cohen: attendees are muted. So you don't have to worry about that and

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Paula cohen: That in the upcoming next upcoming days. We're going to be posting a link to this presentation on the central mass website so that if you missed anything you want to review, anything that we spoke about, you can you can find it there.

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Paula cohen: And to a couple of quick introductions, that my name is Paul Cohen that I've been the organizer for Net Squared Boston since 2012

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Paula cohen: And during the past year I joined with Gabby Melanson informing goodness scored central mass chapter

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Paula cohen: And we this is our first event out of the gate, we had planned three weeks scheduled three events that obviously

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Paula cohen: We had to put on hold. So we just decided to get going and do this virtually when I'm not doing X squared. I'm a project manager offering operational and management support serving social purpose and mission based organizations.

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Paula cohen: And co hosting is Debbie Melanson, the founder of magic lab consulting and Debbie's a grant consultant with two decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations writing grant proposals performing prospect research developing fundraising plans and marketing.

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Paula cohen: So,

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Paula cohen: What we're going to do today is

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Paula cohen: As you see here, it's the text. The text to tour.

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Paula cohen: First, I'll be presenting a quick overview of text. So you have some context into what the organization where they came from what they do, what their mission is and

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Paula cohen: We will then talk about Net Squared, and what our plans are for the next squared and for the central mass chapter and also go into the the tech soup website and I'll walk you through what some of the key features are

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Paula cohen: Their products and their offerings and

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Paula cohen: highlight some of

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Paula cohen: What they do that may be most helpful to you. So to begin,

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Paula cohen: With the history here that tech soup.

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Paula cohen: Started in 1987 the service a bridge between the social sector, and then the products and services and funding in the knowledge that are

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Paula cohen: Essential to the nonprofit communities and their partners. Their mission is to build a bridge that enables civic society organizations and social change agents around

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Paula cohen: The world to gain effective access to the resources that they need to design and implement technology solutions for a more equitable planet is very formal definition.

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Paula cohen: Textbook is located in 236 countries and territories they serve over 1.1 million nonprofits around the world they partner with 70 of the world's leading civic society organizations.

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Paula cohen: who use their technology and

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Paula cohen: Their partners jointly manager range of capacity building programs that serve communities.

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Paula cohen: Now to move on to Net Squared.

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Paula cohen: I decided to rather than to flip to two different slides which I had also put together that I would just talk to you about Net Squared. And rather than

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Paula cohen: The going to the slide and hopefully this will give you what you need. If not, then we'll be happy to continue the conversation after this, but

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Paula cohen: Since you are here ready that you probably know that net square down brings together people who are interested in the best uses of technology for social good.

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Paula cohen: Connecting organizations.

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Paula cohen: That it was founded in 2005 that it's part of the tech soup global network and

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Paula cohen: That the idea being to hold in person events once a month and grow a community around

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Paula cohen: The various ways that can technology can amplify

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Paula cohen: Any of the projects programs you're working on as an end have a social impact as well. The so as the central mass chapter

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Paula cohen: A big focus of what we try to do is to offer programming, it is relevant, just in time information. So that's why we are primarily concerned with our capturing our members interests and issues so that we can then

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Paula cohen: Put together our programming around that that

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Paula cohen: Text to

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Paula cohen: central headquarters, which Eli manages does a wonderful job of compiling all the programming that's done by all the different chapters all over the world and then pushing that out to us so

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Paula cohen: That it can it can serve as a trigger to see a lot of the creative things that are going on. And that I will be posting that on the central bank's website as well. Have a look at that and see if there's anything that particular interest there and that you would find valuable.

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Paula cohen: So that

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Paula cohen: That is who we are, we are also with

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Paula cohen: Going to move forward with the two other programs that we had originally planned one is on office 365 and we will have an expert presenter from Microsoft.

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Paula cohen: Be doing that webinar. And then the next one is on cyber security and we will have an expert. An it expert during the presentation on that so

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Paula cohen: Those will be upcoming and Stay, stay tuned and

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Paula cohen: We're starting to frame those up now.

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Paula cohen: Okay, so we're going to now move over to tech soup and begin really

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Paula cohen: We asked, just a second here.

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Paula cohen: Please be patient with me a moment I apparently have a completely different version of zoom than everybody else. So

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Paula cohen: I'll catch up with you in a minute.

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Paula cohen: Okay, the new share

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Ayer Library: And a lot of updates to zoom recently come out pretty good.

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Paula cohen: Yeah.

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Paula cohen: Yeah, yeah, I'll say I'll Zoom's suddenly suddenly the whole world knows about soon.

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Paula cohen: Okay, here we are.

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Paula cohen: So,

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Paula cohen: You're all saying the the tech suit website. Yes.

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Paula cohen: Yes. Okay, very good.

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Paula cohen: One thing I wanted to start with.

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Paula cohen: These programs which are really

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Paula cohen: Compiled on packages of resources that kept soup does frequently when there is a specific incident, the specific need out in the world that they feel that where they can make a real difference. And these are free to anybody. You don't have to join.

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Paula cohen: Just log on to the website and you can have access to any of this. So the one that we're going that they have done currently

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Paula cohen: Is this resources for coven. Excuse me.

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Paula cohen: for nonprofits who are impacted by

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: They have put together a whole collection of resources.

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Paula cohen: Right here.

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Paula cohen: The tools primarily for working remotely and for teens collaborating that there's some policy resources. If you don't, if you're done profit does not have a policy about working remotely.

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Paula cohen: Or are ways to monitor that. That'll be helpful to you some of the webinars and workshops. There's blog posts. There's also

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Paula cohen: A free course that they put together called pivoting to remote work covert 19 response course track for nonprofits.

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Paula cohen: And that may be particularly valuable for you as well. So you see, just really from the, from the landing page that I just clicked on the top. Scroll down to this and can click on any of these and they'll all be available to you for free.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: And here you see some others.

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Paula cohen: And some of the remote tools.

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Paula cohen: So rather than get lost in that right now.

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Paula cohen: Okay, just a second.

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Paula cohen: Okay, we're gonna talk about joining because

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Paula cohen: off putting. Initially, that's why I'm spending some time here with it, but it's a two step. It's a two step process. There's the individual assignment is enjoying as an individual, which essentially is adding your email and your name.

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Paula cohen: You can add profile, if you'd like.

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Paula cohen: But then, to really be able to take advantage of all the offerings in to be an organizational member and a forum will come up

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Paula cohen: Where it will ask you, not as well as the most obvious information. The last you've got information about your organization what your organization does what your role is and ask you to verify the 501 c three status.

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Paula cohen: So that

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Paula cohen: Once you do that, it then goes the the form automatically sent over to their customer service team and within about seven days, they will review it and just validate the 501 c three status and let you know that it's been validated and then

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Paula cohen: You can

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Paula cohen: Dig in, and and start scrolling around and

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Paula cohen: Take advantage of what

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Paula cohen: Every your interests are, it's, it's pretty fantastic. And just to give you an idea here, there is this carousel that's updated weekly to keep it really relevant and timely.

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Paula cohen: And so there's Microsoft 365

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Paula cohen: And and all the texts, who passed to offer so

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Paula cohen: Also, what I want to show you next that

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Paula cohen: To all of the different tools and applications. I think what's really interesting and most valuable about this, about this site is how interconnected. Everything is so for instance here it's Microsoft 365. I'm going to click on learn more

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Paula cohen: So here is the information about

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Paula cohen: And it's free. It's special offer

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Paula cohen: Here is and this is really important. And there is a sheet like this for every one of the technology applications because each one has their own specific criteria and and rules and regulations south, and some of them.

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Paula cohen: It's really, really important that you spend a lot of time with with all of this. As you can see, to. There's also

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Paula cohen: Many variations. So there's Microsoft 365 there's a cloud version. There's a desktop version. There's a business and there's a premium and a personal and

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Paula cohen: There's the apps for the enterprise and all kinds of add ons and different configurations. Since this is give you a good idea of how really extensive and I've noticed this with many, many of the of the different tools that

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Paula cohen: You can read through that and you can you can get an idea of what it's about tech Sue recommends that you would fill out.

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Paula cohen: A form for because they have a special team that only works with Microsoft 365 and

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Paula cohen: That they clearly had experiences with this being a lot more complicated than it seems. And they prefer that you fill out one of one of these forms, send it over and it says free, by the way.

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Paula cohen: It's a free consultation through their Microsoft or 65 support team, they'll receive the forum.

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Paula cohen: And get in touch with you and you can talk over what your specific needs are, what your budgeting is what sort of support, you'll need. And they can guide you then to exactly the the right subscription for your needs and for your organization.

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Paula cohen: So that

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Paula cohen: We will now.

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Paula cohen: We can do

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Paula cohen: Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Paula cohen: Which

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Paula cohen: Now,

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Paula cohen: The whole description sheet like I showed you previously with Microsoft 365 and you can see again.

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Paula cohen: How much there is and it talks about the support and obtaining the product and then and this is what I particularly liked about

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Paula cohen: Being able to click through from the landing page because they've then pulled out all of their related materials, all these articles that speak about

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Paula cohen: Adobe Creative Cloud, how to be using it different sorts of applications, anything that they would find that is related to it in that might help you really maximize your use of it and be as creative as possible with it.

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Paula cohen: So there is that.

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Paula cohen: Meantime, are there any questions about the product catalog.

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Paula cohen: Any of the tools or technology or ways to access it.

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Paula cohen: Okay, okay. But if we just went into the product catalog chat.

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Debbi: I just unmuted. Everybody Paula.

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Debbi: Okay, if they have questions, they can speak up.

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Paula cohen: Okay, any questions. No. Okay.

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Paula cohen: Very good. So if I went into the product catalog tab, you can see that you can

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Paula cohen: Scroll through by category.

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Paula cohen: By all of these

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Paula cohen: Or you can also

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Paula cohen: Search by company.

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Paula cohen: There's also hardware available and this tends to be refurbished hardware, but there are exceptions to it as well. Another thing I want to be sure to mention to you.

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Paula cohen: With

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Paula cohen: The software that a couple of times a year they'll offer promotions and the promotions will be last for two days, let's say,

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: That

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Paula cohen: When you join on the

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Paula cohen: On the membership page its bottom it'll ask you if you would like newsletters specific newsletters sent to you, and one of them is an alert.

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Paula cohen: For when these promotions happen and they tend to be the very

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Paula cohen: Short time frame, but they also tend to be very attractive and it's something that if there's a tool that you're interested in. That seems a little bit pricey. Now, you may be able to have a much more favorable arrangement over time. So be sure to check that on the membership page.

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Okay.

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Paula cohen: So there is that.

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Paula cohen: Now that's just the beginning.

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Paula cohen: Because

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Paula cohen: Tech soup has

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Paula cohen: A tremendous amount of services here.

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Paula cohen: That they offer.

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Paula cohen: In addition to

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Paula cohen: To the software and the hardware and

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Paula cohen: One thing I also want to mention to you is I I featured those those couple of software applications because they tend to be ones that are

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Paula cohen: Most popular Lee access through the site, but we are not endorsing anything we have

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Paula cohen: We have no financial gain. We have no interest in anything in particular, and we want to make sure that that comes across loud and clear.

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Paula cohen: Even though we're I am speaking generically, just in terms of of texts in that

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Paula cohen: That's a position that we're taking

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Paula cohen: So with this help desk. If you've got a one time crisis and you need some help.

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Paula cohen: You can get in touch with them and it's a one time. It's a one time fee of $55 then they also

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Paula cohen: This is the range of what they will work on, you can have a yearly subscription.

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Paula cohen: Well, we'll start with the month monthly the monthly subscription at $35

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Paula cohen: And you can call them with anything that comes up with depends on what your situation is what your needs are and

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Paula cohen: That can be very handy.

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Paula cohen: That there's also the technology implementation here. Okay.

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Paula cohen: They have free consultations and keep that in mind because that can

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Paula cohen: Be a really helpful filter to what you might need next and that they and they work on this day in and day out, and

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Paula cohen: can guide you. I think to a to a very good place so that you're not spinning your wheels and you're not also subscribing

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Paula cohen: To services that you may not need. So here, it talks about all the all the support in the technology implementation.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: And this is what I spoke about earlier. The, the office 365 support team and they work on this exclusively

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Paula cohen: So migration.

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Paula cohen: Okay, and

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Paula cohen: This is what I mentioned earlier to you about filling out the form rather than just

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Paula cohen: Just doing the self serve when you're looking at some of the technologies.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: So we will then this is what they recommend them manage it services. And so this bundles really all of what I've spoke I've spoken about earlier. And it's worth looking at. And if it's something that you need at least you know what's available.

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Paula cohen: In addition,

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Paula cohen: There are, there's a whole section of E learning courses.

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Paula cohen: And I mentioned the one that is is currently free and

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Paula cohen: You're in how you're being impacted by covered 19 in addition

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Paula cohen: There is a huge range of courses they often will charge for them but

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Paula cohen: Is quite minimal and

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Paula cohen: There is also quite a range of them to there's many levels, they start with

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Paula cohen: So that

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Paula cohen: They, they cover most anything you'd be interested in and

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Paula cohen: It's a great way to really target sending her e learning as opposed to going to some of the other e learning sites.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: That along with that our

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Paula cohen: Articles

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Paula cohen: Blogs

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: That they've done a great job of categorizing these and interconnecting them so it makes it I find it's very efficient compared to too many, many sites, but they stay on top of it and topically and they stay on topic to be topical and relevant as well.

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Paula cohen: There is the blog.

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Paula cohen: You can get an idea of here.

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Paula cohen: Any issue. Oh, there's one libraries him okay library tech

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Paula cohen: There, just in case.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: Now,

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Paula cohen: The webinars. Okay. They, they also a couple of times a month and I can post these on the central mass website because I think they are quite helpful and and I've, I've listened in on a number of them and they're run by the tech soup team.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: They're again quite targeted and can be really informative. They can

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Janel Hebert: Give you some

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Paula cohen: Some great information. Some best practices and

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Paula cohen: ways of making the most of the

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Paula cohen: Programs that you're using without spinning your wheels.

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Paula cohen: So that is really terrific.

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Paula cohen: And

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Paula cohen: That is the overview of tech soup.

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Paula cohen: Now,

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Paula cohen: Is you have any, any other questions.

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Paula cohen: It may have been a bit of a gloss over but I tried not to get into the weeds. At this point, because we could really dig in with

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Paula cohen: Many of the different criteria for things and

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Paula cohen: What different organizations.

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Paula cohen: Can have access to. But it's primarily fiber one C three and libraries and then the the tools, as I said,

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Paula cohen: Have their own individual arrangement was tech soup.

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Paula cohen: So,

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Paula cohen: Anything.

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Paula cohen: That you'd like

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Debbi: To I've unmuted, everybody. So if somebody wants to speak, they would just have to unmute their mic.

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Okay.

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Paula cohen: Yeah.

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Paula cohen: Anything at all.

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Ayer Library: There's a question in the chat from janell I see

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Paula cohen: Yes.

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Ayer Library: Can you become a member if you're just starting a nonprofit.

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Paula cohen: Yes, actually, that question had been asked.

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Paula cohen: That I hit and I had gotten that from from the tech team that's that had come up previously.

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Paula cohen: That says here.

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Paula cohen: So if you're at the pre 501 C three face.

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Paula cohen: They said they don't have a formal determination with the IRS to allow product distribution.

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Paula cohen: But they do welcome.

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Paula cohen: The you accessing the content in the educational materials that are free and open on the website so that you definitely can take advantage of that.

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Paula cohen: And I think that would live that would limit you in terms of access to the discounts on the tools, the software and the hardware.

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Paula cohen: So that's what that's what the deal is with the pre

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Paula cohen: Arrival one C three

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Debbi: So that works the same way.

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Debbi: As for profit organization. So for myself. I'm not a, a nonprofit, but I was able to create a tech soup account and like Paul said, I can access a lot of the information that they have available. I just can't access the products and services at a discount price through Texas.

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Paula cohen: Yes, they also numbered the

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Paula cohen: The products support.

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Paula cohen: Apple Macs.

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Paula cohen: So there's an interest in that as well.

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Paula cohen: They have them.

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Paula cohen: Apple support.

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Debbi: Yeah.

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Ayer Library: If I, if I can mention this is Tim silver again if

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Ayer Library: There is actually a tech soup as a whole different sort of section of their site or a different site that specifically called tech soup for libraries.

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Ayer Library: And it is you know it's public library focused and, you know, so even if your library we were talking about this the beginning of the webinar. Some of you may have missed it.

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Ayer Library: For me, I mean my library doesn't officially it's not an officially a 501 c three. So there are some limitations to what we can get access to, but

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Ayer Library: You know tech soup, I think, essentially what they what they

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Ayer Library: Allow is if your library or your institution is listed with I think it's with the with im LS

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Ayer Library: The

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Ayer Library: Thriving Institute for Museum and Library studies or something like that. If you're listed with ima less than your, your generally considered eligible

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Ayer Library: Under tech soups lending policies.

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Ayer Library: We, we did discuss that, you know, some, some of the tech vendors like Microsoft have

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Ayer Library: You know, they'll restrict what

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Ayer Library: What you can get if you're not an official nonprofit so we can only get technology that we're going to use that, you know, our patrons will use. We can't necessarily get discounts on office 365 for the library staff in this case.

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Ayer Library: But you know tech soup for libraries does give a lot of sort of library focused

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Ayer Library: Information

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Ayer Library: Products and that sort of things, but just wanted to mention that to anybody who knows a librarian or

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Ayer Library: Is a library so

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Paula cohen: I'm a librarian, Tim, by the way.

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Paula cohen: Oh, excellent. Yes.

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Paula cohen: Are many lot do many libraries have that designation that yours does

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Ayer Library: Um, with the with the MLS

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Paula cohen: Yeah.

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Ayer Library: I believe so. Yeah, just about every municipal public library should, you know, should have that designation.

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Ayer Library: So,

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Ayer Library: In that, you know, in that case, I think just about everybody should be eligible

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Paula cohen: Uh huh. So you think that that the air library is is an outlier in that way.

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Ayer Library: No, I, I were, like I said, I think we're eligible for most of the, you know, most of the products that tech soup offers. It's just that, because we don't

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Ayer Library: You know, we're not a 501 c three, we're more of a municipal

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Ayer Library: Department essential essentially

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Ayer Library: That's why I think we're limited to, you know, not being able to get

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Ayer Library: Access to some of Microsoft's

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Ayer Library: Product specifically

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Paula cohen: Right, right.

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Ayer Library: Exactly. Those are just the rule is that Microsoft has put

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Ayer Library: In place for their kind of their donation programs so

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Paula cohen: Yes. Yes, exactly. Yeah. Hmm.

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Ayer Library: Joe gates. Give us and Bill Gates. Take us away.

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Paula cohen: Bill Gates has lots of it. Yeah, he can put in lots of

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Paula cohen: Lots of barriers right along the way.

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Paula cohen: Good. Oh, thank you for that. Tim's

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Paula cohen: For explaining that that

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Paula cohen: Here is also more so I really encourage you to just grow through the site. There's a boost program the boost membership, which takes things to it to a higher level.

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Paula cohen: And all kinds of

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Paula cohen: All kinds of things. So it's, I think you get the most by looking through it yourself and

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Paula cohen: seeing what's meaningful to you.

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Paula cohen: Is some anything else is there. It's also if there is specific information you would like us to be posting on our website or programming that you would think would be helpful.

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Paula cohen: We'd love to hear

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Paula cohen: Otherwise, so

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Debbi: So one of the, I was just going to mention it to the

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Debbi: Group I had put in the in the chat box and you had mentioned it at the two

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Debbi: upcoming workshops for trying to reschedule the one for office 365 for nonprofits and another one for cybersecurity. I've heard an expressed interest in QuickBooks for nonprofits.

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Paula cohen: Mm hmm.

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Debbi: And so I just wanted to kind of circle around from from where Paula started just to kind of reinforce admit squared central mass

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Debbi: is brand new. We're trying to connect with nonprofit organizations within the region as a resource Net Squared is

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Debbi: A group under tech suit. Everybody is volunteer. The there's no fees for participating. And so really the goal is to network.

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Debbi: With other you know nonprofit organizations or people that are involved in technology and try to connect the two together to see how organizations can be more efficient and to help each other.

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Debbi: So that's our goal. We're trying to get the word out about the group. And again, it will shift as we start to hear what people

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Debbi: Are interested in learning about, you know, we can do a a panel series if people are interested, where, you know, we have you know say little snippets. I actually went to one of Eli's

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Debbi: Right before this meeting and they had a group of, you know, 10 panelists and they each had five minutes each, to highlight a product that they really liked you know for the use for for a nonprofit organization so

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Debbi: There's lots and lots of things that we can we can do. It's just based on what the interest of the purpose

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Paula cohen: Sure. And once we are able to meet in person, which is really the point of the whole

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Paula cohen: Net Squared network.

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Paula cohen: We can clearly offer quite a bit more than a few years ago for the Boston chapter that we organized

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Paula cohen: A workshop on data visualization and a guy who

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Paula cohen: Works on this specifically at MIT, through the media MIT media lab did a whole presentation over at the Media Lab. It was very experiential really quite wonderful and exciting and

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Paula cohen: It was focused on alternatives to the bar chart.

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Paula cohen: But that was that was lots of fun and

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Paula cohen: It really worked out well. So things like that we can do as well take advantage of.

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Paula cohen: This sounds really vibrant community around us.

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Ayer Library: If I could suggest maybe one other idea for an upcoming workshop, given that we are sort of limited to

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Ayer Library: You know, virtual communication or other forms of communication, other than actual meetings and face to face. I know one of the things that

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Ayer Library: My library has been struggling with is, is you know how to keep in touch with you know our patrons and the people that you know, visit us frequently or support us.

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Ayer Library: So,

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Ayer Library: You know, maybe some discussion of

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Ayer Library: You know ways the different ways or different products that are out there.

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Ayer Library: From

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Ayer Library: You know, just basic sort of email management or other kinds of communication tools that nonprofits might be able to take advantage of.

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Ayer Library: Or even kind of coming up with some sort of a communication.

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Ayer Library: You know i don't i don't want to call it policy, but like how to do it effectively, you know,

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Paula cohen: Yeah, yeah. And also the different tools that you can use and just the different platforms. Right.

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Paula cohen: Because we're looking

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Ayer Library: Yeah, I mean, we're looking into adding, you know, like a chat or texting platform now too, so we can respond to reference questions that way because you know so many. I mean, so many people

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Ayer Library: Are only connected through their, you know, mobile device, their phone, and it's much easier for them to text than it is to, you know, send an email or something like that. So,

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Paula cohen: Uh huh.

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Ayer Library: So we're looking into, you know, looking into things like that.

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Paula cohen: Sure, sure. Are you offering

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Paula cohen: Like curbside pickup of of books.

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Ayer Library: Yes, we just started

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Ayer Library: Started that last week. So this is getting to the end of our second week of curbside so we're working the bugs out of that that process right now.

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Ayer Library: And

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Ayer Library: Yeah, I don't. Unfortunately, I don't, I don't see us being able to, you know, allow people into the building, other than the staff anytime soon. I mean, I, you know, we were just talking about this yesterday that

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Ayer Library: You know, I couldn't. I mean, I can't see it happening before September and even even that is probably wishful thinking at this point.

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Ayer Library: Why there's so much, you know, there's so much work that we need to do to

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Ayer Library: You know, just sort of modify this the service desks and and that kind of thing.

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Ayer Library: I think to make it, you know, to make it safe for staff and patrons that it's going to take a while.

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Paula cohen: Yes, yeah. Quite a transition so

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Paula cohen: Yeah, I, I know that I've been getting quite a bit on this.

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Paula cohen: And I will send over to you, Tim. Some of this information that I've been. I've been getting as well on different ways that libraries are keeping their community intact.

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Ayer Library: Notes. Thank you.

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Debbi: So Tim, I have a question. Sure. Do you see like an opportunity

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Debbi: For for the group to try to invite you know people from the area libraries to get together for a panel discussion.

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Debbi: You know what they're doing, or he thinks that everybody's in the same boat. Do you think some people have been successful.

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Debbi: What are your thoughts.

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Ayer Library: Um, I have been thinking along those lines, just as we've been talking, you know, sort of about networking. I mean, there, there are

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Ayer Library: You most of the libraries in this part of the state central Massachusetts north central mass all belong to one network and so

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Ayer Library: That network does a pretty good job of

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Ayer Library: You know, communicating with the member libraries and

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Ayer Library: Even within the network, there are, you know, sort of informal

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Ayer Library: networking groups of like library directors and librarians that provide

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Ayer Library: You know that do programming and that sort of thing. So it, it's certainly something I think it's worth exploring. And I, you know, just for

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Ayer Library: You know the library directors in this part of the state. I mean, I'd be happy to.

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Ayer Library: You know, maybe suggest that

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Ayer Library: Or you know even try to organize something where if they have questions about, you know, technology or access to technology and they were they want to learn more about tech soup.

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Ayer Library: You know, maybe we can set something up with, you know, with a group of up directors to discuss, you know, maybe there are some of the issues they're facing. And maybe how technology might be able to help

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Debbi: That sounds great.

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Paula cohen: To know

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Ayer Library: Yeah, I can do a little

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Ayer Library: I can do a little networking myself with some of my colleagues and find out kind of where you know where things stand, and what they're thinking about. I know a number of libraries are starting to do curbside now.

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Ayer Library: But there are some that are, you know, in just different situations. So, you know, not everybody can has been able to move ahead.

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Ayer Library: With you know kind of restarting these kinds of services.

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Right.

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Paula cohen: Good. Yeah, that would be

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Paula cohen: That would be helpful. That would be great. We'd be happy to do that.

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Ayer Library: Okay, I'll be happy to to investigate and then we can talk about it at a future date.

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Paula cohen: Okay. Excellent. Okay, anything else.

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Paula cohen: Okay. Well, thank you for joining us.

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Ayer Library: Thank you for convening

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Debbi: So again, if you've joined our group, I put this in the chat.

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Debbi: On the net on the Net Squared central mass Meetup group page which I put a link

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Debbi: If you join the group, then you will get future communications of upcoming events. And again, you know, we're working on rescheduling the two events and

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Debbi: You know, want to put together a schedule of other events to PR suggestion. So, so join the group. If you haven't already, just so you can get those communications. Great.

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Okay.

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Paula cohen: Wonderful. Thanks, Debbie.

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Debbi: Yeah, thank you everybody for coming.

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Paula cohen: Yeah. Thank you all. Bye bye.

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Thanks.

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Paula cohen: Bye.