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Tackling the Data-Driven Funding Challenge - a New Skill for Nonprofit Managers

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Can you measure your mission? Many nonprofits are being asked to provide metrics of success in order to keep and attract donations and funding. When it comes to fundraising and donors, it's no longer enough for non-profit organizations to talk about the relative value of their mission, activities, and results.
   
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Millions use online library services

(publicservice.co.uk): A total of 28.3m people accessed library information and services online in the first 6 months of 2010, Socitm has said. Socitm, the association for public sector ICT professionals, said that this has risen from 20.9m in the same period during 2009. Their website takeup service, which has been developed to help local authorities understand the needs of their website visitors, revealed that library enquires are often in the top three of all web enquiries..
   
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Older Adults and Social Media

(pewinternet.org): While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled-from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users.
   
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Libraries must remain free and open to all

(toledoblade.com): Some people think that public libraries are no longer relevant. They would reduce public funding of these long-standing institutions. These individuals don't see the necessity or profundity of Andrew Carnegie's words, "Open to All," which are carved and forever enshrined above the doorways of the numerous libraries built in the United States by the late industrialist and philanthropist. Nor do they view the $2-billion-plus in construction of new U.S. libraries in recent years as a priority. Perhaps these people see the new paradigm as paying for whatever information they need, from e-books, iPads, printed books, or mobile devices with Internet access. The attitude seems to be: If I don't need libraries, why should others? Why pay to keep them open Saturdays or Sundays or evenings - or at all?
   
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Research suggests that search engines could tap into users' need to be entertained

(technologyreview.in): Search engines are designed to help people get things done: find a local business, plan a vacation, or understand an unfamiliar concept. This focus is demonstrated by how search businesses measure their own performance--by how quickly a user find the page they were looking for. It's considered bad if someone clicks the back button to return to the search results.
   
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