Public Computing Resource Center Curriculum, Internet use policies, and more for nonprofits and public libraries with computer labs or computing classes Elliot Harmon and Sarah Washburn - April 12, 2012 We've assembled some of the key technology products and resources for public computing, including Internet use policies and multipoint computing resources. A sound IT infrastructure is essential to any public computing project. These resources will help you get started. If you have a tool in mind that we haven't listed, please tell us how you use it, and we'll spread the word.Donated Products Through TechSoup GlobalThrough TechSoup Global, you can request donated brand new software and hardware for your eligible organization at savings of 80-90 percent. Check out the donation programs your U.S.-based nonprofit or library may be eligible for through TechSoup's agreements with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Intuit. TechSoup carries over 500 products — too many to list below. We've intentionally omitted popular productivity software (like Microsoft Office and others) in order to focus on the titles most relevant to deploying training programs.If you need software or hardware donations for multiple or affiliated organizations in your network (for example, the YMCA or a large library system), you may be able to get help requesting large orders through TechSoup.Product Solutions for TrainersOnline conferencing: GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar from Citrix Online Audio and web conferencing: ReadyTalk The Learning Institute certificate coursework: SNPO Product Solutions for ParticipantsKeyboard typing instruction: Bytes of Learning Quicken bundles for instructional use: Intuit Client Education and Support Program Product Solutions for Hiring Four Tech Tools to Help Manage Your Staff and Volunteers Volunteer recruitment site: VolunteerMatch Webinar Archive: Harness the Power of Your Data with CRM Product Solutions for Computer Labs Refurbished Computer Initiative from TechSoup Global Cisco Hardware Donation Program for nonprofits from TechSoup Global Horizon DataSys system restore software from TechSoup Global Vetted list of educational software from Computers for Youth Webinar Archive: Tech for Good: Microsoft Donations for Nonprofits and Libraries Webinar Archive: Flip'n Out at the Library Webinar Archive: Creating a Successful Computer Refurbishing Program Webinar Archive: Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers Webinar Archive: After the Crash: Minimize Your Down Time Webinar Archive: Tele-What? Straight Talk About Telecommunications for Your Organization Product Solutions for Project Management Relationship Management software from TechSoup Global Data Collection and Management solutions from TechSoup Global BaseCamp Webinar Archive: Tools for Online Collaboration Webinar Archive: Is FileMaker Right for Your Organization? Resources for Purchasing TechnologyTechnology SpecsAny organization that's outfitting a computer lab or a library needs to create specifications for the technology they purchase and deploy. We asked BTOP grantees to share their thoughts and their specs so you could learn from the hard work they've already done. Screencast overviewing specifications from High Plains Library District, Greeley, CO ADA-compliant technology specs from Colorado libraries How to Buy Cooperatively: A Quick Reference Eight Smart Tips for Standardizing Your Equipment How to Standardize Your IT Infrastructure Technology Assessments Webinar Archive: Youth-Led Tech @ the Library Webinar Archive: Tips and Tools for Technology Planning Internet Use PoliciesWe asked folks who work in public computing to share what goes into an Internet use policy. Check out what the Des Moines Public Libraryin Des Moines, IA, includes on their wireless policy checklist. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.