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Suggestion Winning for Libraries with Email

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
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Winning for Libraries with Email

Speaker:

Patrick Sweeney

Winning for Libraries with Email

Speaker:

Patrick Sweeney

Description:
While libraries are pursuing some of the most recent innovations in social media and digital tactics, we need to remember that email, as the simplest and oldest digital tactic, remains the key to the Internet. However, email has come a long way beyond Constant Contact and MailChimp platforms. In fact, we have seen the effectiveness of data driven email campaigns in the 2016 presidential election as we watched highly successful fundraising, public opinion swayed by Political Action Committees, and action taken to fight bad legislation. But how do these organizations properly use email so that they get such spectacular results? In this session Patrick Sweeney will explore the data behind email success with the latest research, demonstrate and explain the best practices for email, and explain how libraries can use these tactics to increase support, funding, and awareness for libraries.

Library Types:
Academic, Elementary School, Federal, High School, Public, Regional System, School/Media Center

Subject Headings:
Advocacy, Funding, Fundraising, Public Relations, Social Change, Social Media & Networks, Technology

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Suggestion Why You Should Cut Popular Fiction by 50% (or More)

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
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Why You Should Cut Popular Fiction by 50% (or More)

Why You Should Cut Popular Fiction by 50% (or More)

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While public libraries claim to serve their communities, how much of the community actually gets served? If you work the numbers you find that a small percentage of your users take up the lions share of staff time and attention. How are we to take on new roles in the community when staff are overworked and overwhelmed? What should we stop doing? Where can we un-commit? Come explore some dangerous questions that need discussing about our staffing, our services and our reason to exist.

Library Types:
Public

Subject Headings:
Continuing Education, Facilitation, Leadership, Librarianship, Organizational Change, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries

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Suggestion Why Don't Our Insides Match Our Outsides

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
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Why Don't Our Insides Match Our Outsides

Speaker:

Cheryl Gould, Consultant, Fully Engaged Libraries

Why Don't Our Insides Match Our Outsides

Speaker:

Cheryl Gould, Consultant, Fully Engaged Libraries

Description:
Libraries are about open access to information for all with no judgment. That's our outside persona. Inside the walls of most library organizations we find strict hierarchies, "what's in it for me" mentalities and plenty of judgment about customers, about the way things are done and about the purpose of the library. Come have a no holds barred conversation about why we think this happens and discuss strategies for shifting so that our insides match our outsides.

Library Types:
Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Public, Rural, State Library

Subject Headings:
Community Engagement, Continuing Education, Facilitation, Leadership, Organizational Change, Professional Development, Training, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries

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Suggestion Weed Smart

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
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Weed Smart

Speakers:

Holly S. Hibner, MLIS, Adult Services Coordinator, Plymouth District Library

Mary Kelly, MLIS, Adult Services Librarian, Plymouth District Library

Rebecca Vnuk

Weed Smart

Speakers:

Holly S. Hibner, MLIS, Adult Services Coordinator, Plymouth District Library

Mary Kelly, MLIS, Adult Services Librarian, Plymouth District Library

Rebecca Vnuk

Description:
Learn how to make any weeding project a public relations dream! In this webinar, "Awful Library Books" co-authors Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly discuss communication, transparency, and timing. Get the staff and patrons on board, be clear with your weeding plan, and set a pace that allows for careful decision making. They also talk about how to dispose of weeded materials properly and respectfully. No one wants their library in the headlines for a weeding fiasco, so learn how to weed smart!

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Consortium, Elementary School, High School, Library School, Middle School, Public, Regional System, School/Media Center

Subject Headings:
Advocacy, Collection Development, Ethics, Guidelines and Standards, Project Management, Public Relations

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Suggestion Virtual Government Information: What Does the Future Hold?

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
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Virtual Government Information: What Does the Future Hold?

Speaker:

Sonnet Ireland, MLIS, Reference Librarian, St. Tammany Parish Library

Virtual Government Information: What Does the Future Hold?

Speaker:

Sonnet Ireland, MLIS, Reference Librarian, St. Tammany Parish Library

Description:
The government has been producing digital government documents since the 1990s. Government departments and agencies have been using social media for the past few years to promote information and interact with the people. However, with the censorship of specific webpages of certain agencies and departments, as well as the occasional deleted tweet, it's time for librarians to think about what this all means. As various government employees go rogue on Twitter and politicians hold Town Hall Meetings on Facebook, we need to ask where this information will be archived for the long haul. What is the future of government information online, especially when it comes to social media platforms where it can easily be deleted or edited at a later date?

Library Types:
Academic, Federal, Government, Law, Library School, Public, State Library

Subject Headings:
Electronic Resources, Emerging Technologies, Government Documents & Information, Information Literacy, Social Change, Social Media & Networks, Technology, Trends and Forecasting, Virtual Communities and Libraries

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Suggestion Viral Community Engagement with Social Media Sass: Toronto Public Library's Reddit Experience

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
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Viral Community Engagement with Social Media Sass: Toronto Public Library's Reddit Experience

Speakers:

Mabel Ho, Senior Online Communications & Engagement Lead, Toronto Public Library

Bill Vrantsidis, Senior Department Head (Arts), Toronto Reference Library, Toronto Public Library

Viral Community Engagement with Social Media Sass: Toronto Public Library's Reddit Experience

Speakers:

Mabel Ho, Senior Online Communications & Engagement Lead, Toronto Public Library

Bill Vrantsidis, Senior Department Head (Arts), Toronto Reference Library, Toronto Public Library

Description:
Libraries struggle to use evolving social media technologies to fully engage users and non-users in their communities. How do we successfully market and promote our collections, services, programs and online resources? How do we decide which technologies to use, and use it effectively? Join us and learn how Toronto Public Library unexpectedly used Reddit to engage users, leading to successful outcomes.

Toronto Public Library officially joined Reddit in July 2016 by hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and we continue to post content regularly. Our posts have included items from our digital archives such as photographs and maps, e-learning tutorials, and new service announcements like JSTOR and the Criterion Collection. We’ve also answered reference questions, posted articles on social justice issues and promoted our book sales.

Reddit drives more traffic to the TPL website than any other social media, and has led to an exponential increase in pageviews to our blogs and other online content. The use of Reddit has also increased sales at TPL book sales and boosted attendance at programs, bringing people who hadn’t been aware of what we had to offer.

We hope that other libraries can benefit from TPL’s experiences on Reddit, where we have professional librarians handling our account. Learn how to find an authentic, appropriate voice on Reddit, which types of content are most popular, and how to tailor content and participate in relevant discussions to build community.

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Museum, Public, Research Library, Rural, Student, Undergraduate

Subject Headings:
Adult Services, Advocacy, Archives, Community Engagement, Digitial Libraries, Digitization, Electronic Resources, Emerging Technologies, Friends Groups, Leadership, Marketing, Organizational Change, Outreach Services, Popular Culture, Public Relations, Readers’ Advisory, Reference Services, Social Change, Social Media & Networks, Strategic Planning, Technology, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries, Virtual Communities and Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services

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Suggestion Up-Cycled: The Delicate, and Often Frustrating, Balance of being the 'New' Librarian as a Seasoned Information Professional

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
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Up-Cycled: The Delicate, and Often Frustrating, Balance of being the 'New' Librarian as a Seasoned Information Professional.

Speakers:

Dawn (Nikki) Cannon-Rech, Information Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University

Lauren McMillan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Armstrong University

Up-Cycled: The Delicate, and Often Frustrating, Balance of being the 'New' Librarian as a Seasoned Information Professional.

Speakers:

Dawn (Nikki) Cannon-Rech, Information Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University

Lauren McMillan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Armstrong University

Description:
A new position can be exciting and daunting. There is always an adjustment period as one learns the culture of a new organization. However, having significant experience in the profession often facilitates a set of frustrations that may not be anticipated by the employee or the employer. Often, it is difficult for both sides to adjust to a new set of ideas and methods of engaging. Expectations may not be clear for either party, and assumptions often cloud the transition process. As a seasoned librarian, it can be difficult to slow down, take a step back, and find your niche in a new position. By the same token, the institution may see any suggestions, or ideas from the newcomer as threatening to their status quo, or an attempt to make changes just for the sake of making changes. Both parties may end up frustrated and wondering if the right decision has been made. Hear from librarians who have been there, and are currently going through this transition. Join in the discussion to help build upon strategies for avoiding common pitfalls, and creating expectations that lead to a successful transition for both parties.

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Information-related Organization, Public, Research Library, Seeking Employment, State Library

Subject Headings:
Career Advice, Human Resources, Leadership, Librarianship, Mentoring, Personnel and Staffing, Professional Development, Recruitment, Training, Virtual Communities and Libraries

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Suggestion Two small towns + lots of local connections = Amazing community involvement

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
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Two small towns + lots of local connections = Amazing community involvement

Speaker:

Natalie Anne. Bazan, MA, MLIS, Director, Hopkins District Library, Dorr Township Library

Two small towns + lots of local connections = Amazing community involvement

Speaker:

Natalie Anne. Bazan, MA, MLIS, Director, Hopkins District Library, Dorr Township Library

Description:
Working at the Hopkins District and Dorr Township Libraries in western Michigan has provided me with opportunities to work with a wide variety of organizations and partner with them for programs, informational meetings, and fund raising. I'd love to share my experiences and a few of the organizations, some unexpected, that I've worked with and at the same time ask the audience to share their experience working with different types of community organizations, how that has gone and the benefits and pit falls they may have encountered.

Library Types:
High School, Nonprofit, Public, Rural

Subject Headings:
Adult Services, Advocacy, Buildings and Facilities, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Continuing Education, Human Resources, Marketing, Public Programs, Public Services, Rural and Small Libraries, Social Media & Networks, Young Adult Services, Youth Services

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Suggestion Transforming your Community: Creating Change through a StoryWalk

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
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Transforming your Community: Creating Change through a StoryWalk

Speakers:

Ginny Golden, Senior Community Library Manager, Contra Costa County Library

Paola Gothold, Youth Services Library Assistant, Contra Costa County Library

Ann Miller, Youth Services Librarian, Contra Costa County Library

Transforming your Community: Creating Change through a StoryWalk

Speakers:

Ginny Golden, Senior Community Library Manager, Contra Costa County Library

Paola Gothold, Youth Services Library Assistant, Contra Costa County Library

Ann Miller, Youth Services Librarian, Contra Costa County Library

Description:
Whether you choose to hike your park path or stroll city sidewalks, StoryWalks® are a great way to connect with and transform your community. In this session, librarians from Contra Costa County Library will share two successful StoryWalks®, and their plans to continue this commitment towards creating change in their communities.

Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial, Moraga Library partnered with their Parks and Recreation Department to host a “Party in the Park” featuring Elizabeth Scanlon’s book, In the Canyon. Families were encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and participate in fun activities such as hiking, crafts, T’ai Chi, Teddy Bear Ziplining and more!

Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street took the Pittsburg Library’s StoryWalk® to their Historic Downtown, and created partnerships with the transit system, the City’s Art Foundation, a local soup kitchen, schools and downtown businesses. Month-long book related activities included, art, music, bus storytimes, a community clean-up and a sock drive for our neighbors in need, and culminated in a visit from illustrator Christian Robinson.

In the coming year, plans include creating a permanent StoryWalk® at a Community Garden at the El Pueblo Housing Authority Center in Pittsburg, CA. Having a permanent fixture will enable the library to keep the program fresh with a new story each quarter. Books will be given away, author visits and themed activities will engage and inspire families. While the garden will work towards eradicating the local “food desert”, the StoryWalk®, as part of the National Book-Rich Environment Initiative, will work towards radically changing the “book desert” that currently exists in this neighborhood.

The National Book-Rich Environment Initiative will also take us down the road to the DeAnza Gardens Housing Authority Center in Bay Point, CA. Using award-winning Children’s author Todd Parr’s book, Reading Makes You Feel Good, we will position the StoryWalk® throughout the complex for family engagement, include early literacy fun and free books, culminating in a visit from Todd!

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood, is a picture book inspired by award-winning Mexican American illustrator and muralist, Rafael López. It is a story of Rafael’s transformation of his San Diego neighborhood. During the month of May, 2018 we will be hosting a StoryWalk® featuring his book at the elementary schools in Bay Point, CA. We will encourage all the classrooms to take a walking fieldtrip around campus to enjoy Rafael’s story and inspire them to beautify their neighborhood. Additionally, there will be a series of beautification projects sponsored by the library including: community clean-up, art exhibits, Mexican Art inspired crafts, and flower planting. On May 12, 2018 Rafael will bring his joyful art to our community. We will celebrate with stories, music, dance, food and gallons of brightly colored paint. Alongside Rafael, children, their families and community members will become the painters creating this unique community artwork.

Besides sharing the details of these projects, this session will include discussion on creating dynamic partnerships, choosing the right book and location, making your storyboards, funding and expenditures, promotions and more. Participants will leave inspired, knowing that making a book come to life and watching it unfold in a neighborhood, transforms not only a community but the library’s place in it.

Library Types:
Public

Subject Headings:
Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Multicultural Services, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Public Programs, Public Relations, Transforming Libraries

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Suggestion Thinking Outside the Stacks in Youth Services

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:18 am
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Thinking Outside the Stacks in Youth Services

Speaker:

Elizabeth Saxton, Editor, Think Outside the Stacks Newsletter

Description:
Serving youth in libraries takes a lot of information and inspiration, and it doesn’t always come from library sources. Education, pop culture, business, and a variety of other fields all have ideas to inspire us and make our work better.Learn about why these other fields matter, what fields are the most relevant, and how we can apply them to our library work.

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open through April 28th. Selected proposals will be announced in early May.

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