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20 Books to Recommend to Your Patrons (whether you have read them or not) and Why They Are Important

20 Books to Recommend to Your Patrons (whether you have read them or not) and Why They Are Important

 

 

This presentation will highlight twenty (or thereabouts) books of note that librarians should know about and feel confident recommending to their patrons. The list will include fiction, non-fiction, and even a couple of really important kids books. A wide variety of topics will be explored. Beyond the book titles, we will address the background of the authors, similar titles, and why these books matter. When you don’t have time to catch up on reading the classics, this presentation will bring these works into your personal book satchel. The presenters will also address “best books” lists and how to filter through them to help your patrons, and perhaps pique your own interest.

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Original broadcast August 1, 2019 

Biography ~ Anne Abate
Anne has worked in a wide variety of libraries and library-related organizations during her career. She is currently the owner of Library Discount Network, a business that negotiates with database vendors on behalf of library consortia and networks. The company also provides administrative and management support for nonprofit organizations.

Biography ~ George S. Maley
George S. Maley earned a BA in Political Science from Xavier University (1978) and read law at the University of Cincinnati (1981). He was called to the bar in 1981 and practiced law in Ohio for 38 years. In a purely autotelic pursuit at age 60, he decided to obtain a master’s degree in American History from Southern New Hampshire University (the Harvard of Southern New Hampshire). In earning this degree, he was named an outstanding student in the program earning a 4.0 grade point while being at least 30 years older than his classmates and instructors. His master’s thesis was a study of Jim Crow in a small Kentucky town.

Weeding 101: The How’s and Why’s of Deselecting as a Team

Weeding 101: The How’s and Why’s of Deselecting as a Team

Weeding, removing materials from the collection, is a fundamental part of making any library serve its community. Further, it’s a team effort! Everyone needs to understand the reasons and methodology behind deselecting materials.

With increasing demands for space, having an active physical collection is essential to serving your patrons. We will talk about the tricky, challenging problems of weeding as well as provide tips, tricks, and tools for evaluating your collection. Bring your questions, fears, or doubts!

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Original broadcast May 28, 2019

Biography ~ Karen Toonen
When Karen Toonen started as an Adult Services Librarian at the Naper Blvd. location of Naperville Public Library, withdrawing books made her depressed. But after years of seeing the benefits of a well-curated collection, especially in a small building, she ruthlessly weeds. Being a member of the Adult Reading Roundtable’s Steering Committee has also given her the opportunity to see how different libraries and library staff approach weeding. Her commitment to connecting customers with materials they enjoy and can utilize informs her weeding philosophy: Did it earn its shelf space? If not, out it goes!

Biography ~ Monica Minnick
Monica Minnick is a Children’s Librarian at the Naperville Public Library. Although she enjoys the variety her job entails, collection management is at the top of her list. She began her journey down the weeding rabbit hole 20 years ago, when as a young librarian, she was very hesitant about the whole weeding process. However, she quickly learned that it is a necessity to have a presentable collection and to increase circulation. She is known to be a ruthless weeder, many times to the chagrin of her coworkers.

Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising, and More

Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising, and More

 

Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This webinar will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters.

Marketing maven Kathy Dempsey will help you understand why you should actually talk less about your library’s items and more about why they’re wonderful. She’ll share sample messages that illustrate the concept of “WIIFM” — What’s In It For Me? This webinar will also touch on content marketing, cross-promotion, and using social media effectively.

With the knowledge that you gain during this session, you’ll be ready to:

• Tie collections to activities and current events
• Use physical items to promote invisible, digital items
• Stop publicizing products, and instead, tout their benefits
• Promote collections outside of your buildings
• Use cross-promotion, alone or with partners, to share info efficiently

This session features many colorful images of great signage, merchandising, and social posts from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.

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Original broadcast April 23, 2019

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer, and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential (www.LibrariesAreEssential.com). Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.

Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 22 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Libraries magazine. She’s an active member of the New Jersey Library Association, and Chair of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (www.LibraryMarketingConference.org).

This writer, editor, and marketing maven has been giving presentations across the U.S. and Canada for 20 years, always sprinkling them with humor to make marketing concepts more interesting and accessible. She continues to fight the stereotypes that librarians are boring and that “”marketing”” is a dirty word.

Showcase Your Collection: Book Displays for Adults

Showcase Your Collection: Book Displays for Adults

Book displays are a great way to fill unused shelves or empty table spaces. What happens if you have great books and they never are checked out? How could you increase library program sign-ups, support your library’s mission statement, and provide readers’ advisory services on a shoestring budget? How can you make the physical library a place of discovery and entertainment?
In this interactive and informative webinar, you learn how to make book displays a regular and exciting part of your library programming. As well, as highlight local events, recommend read alikes, boost circulation, and show your community that you are ready to meet their information and entertainment needs.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:
• Create a list of book display resources
• Incorporate passive programming into book displays
• Identify topics for book displays of interest to their library customers
• Utilize techniques to promote circulation, participation, and readers’ advisory
• Promote the library’s mission, goals, and programming

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Original broadcast April 2, 2019

Biography ~ Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie also teaches computer classes and sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.
Maggie started library work in 5th grade as a shelver and volunteer in her school library. As a teen, she started shelving in her local public library and has held many library positions since. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BA in English and minor in classical studies. She received her MLIS from Kent State and has been working as a librarian for six years.
Maggie loves gardening, camping and her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 5 cats, and 9 chickens.

Creating an On-Going Weeding and Inventory Plan for Your Collection

Creating an On-Going Weeding and Inventory Plan for Your Collection

 

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Looking for a better way to weed more effectively and to develop what is in your collection? If you do, it sounds like you need a plan!

This webinar will teach you the steps and processes you need to create an ongoing weeding and inventory plan custom made for your library. We’ll cover everything from getting your administration on board with your plan to the things you’ll need before and during the implementation of the plan you’ll customize for your library. You’ll also learn how to use the data collected to shape your collection development decisions in order to maintain a dynamic, relevant, and current library collection.

In this interactive and informative program, you’ll:

         Understand the best practices in how to convince decision makers to allow the implementation of an ongoing weeding plan
         Learn what tools and supplies needed to develop and implement and ongoing weeding plan
         Learn how to use the data collected from the weeding process to shape collection development decisions

Original broadcast March 12, 2019

Biography ~ Karen Nelson
Karen Nelson has been the Collection Strategy Supervisor with Suffolk Public Library (SPL) since 2016. In her time at SPL, Karen has worked on special collection development such as circulating Wi-Fi mobile hotspots, cake pans, book club kits, and kid’s adventure backpacks. In addition she has helped streamline tech services, acquisitions, collection maintenance, and cataloging processes. She has used her background in retail merchandising and management to shape the collection marketing, display, and purchasing efforts at SPL. Prior to her time at SPL, Karen was the Adult Services Librarian and acting Branch Manager of Portsmouth Public Library’s Main Library.

Getting into the Habit of Regular Collection Weeding and Maintenance

Getting into the Habit of Regular Collection Weeding and Maintenance

 

The benefits of regular collection maintenance are many, however librarie are rarely able to find time to fit regular collection weeding into their already hectic project schedules. Find out how Karen was able to create an ongoing weeding plan for Suffolk Public Library and how this valuable tool can help your own library.

In this interactive and informative program, you’ll learn:

 Importance and benefits of continuous weeding and collection maintenance
 Strategies to shelf read and beautify collection while performing weeding
 Lessons learned through implementing such a plan

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Original Broadcast February 21, 2019

Biography ~ Karen Nelson
Karen Nelson has been the Collection Strategy Supervisor with Suffolk Public Library (SPL) since 2016. In her time at SPL, Karen has worked on special collection development such as circulating Wi-Fi mobile hotspots, cake pans, book club kits, and kid’s adventure backpacks. In addition she has helped streamline tech services, acquisitions, collection maintenance, and cataloging processes. She has used her background in retail merchandising and management to shape the collection marketing, display, and purchasing efforts at SPL. Prior to her time at SPL, Karen was the Adult Services Librarian and acting Branch Manager of Portsmouth Public Library’s Main Library.

2018 Adult Fiction Year in Review

2018 Adult Fiction Year in Review

 

2018 is in the books, but have you taken time to step back and assess what happened in those books? Puns aside, 2019 is only days old but everyone is already rushing to make predictions for the coming year. Reading resolutions are being set, and hot upcoming titles are already being promoted. But, here’s the thing, while it is fun to start looking ahead, the dawn of a new year actually is the best time to look back.

In this interactive and informative webinar, Becky will walk you through the year that was in adult fiction highlighting the important news stories and award winners. She’ll also point out what larger trends have emerged from 2018, and what direction those trends will take us in our work with our patrons into 2019.

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Original broadcast January 17, 2019

Biography~ Becky Spratford
Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blogRA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of theAdult Reading Round Table. You can connect with Becky on Twitter@RAforAll.

Original broadcast January 17, 2019

Mission Not-Impossible! Genealogical Research for Native Americans

Mission Not-Impossible! Genealogical Research for Native Americans

 

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Are you curious about your Native American ancestry? Have you done a DNA test and want to know more about your roots? Do you work in a field where you get genealogical questions and want to be able to better assist your customers? Do you just enjoy historical research?

For many indigenous people living in the United States, their family history is something they want to learn more about. However, many individuals find it is difficult to know exactly where to begin to trace Native American genealogy. Many people mistakenly believe it is impossible to trace Native American ancestry. Fortunately, there are many available resources that can help you do just that.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

Know how to locate and use Native American census records
Know how to locate and use tribal histories and records
Understand the difference between state and federal recognition
Know how to locate and use the Dawes Rolls and the Guion-Miller Roll

Original broadcast November 29, 2018

June Power ~ Biography
June Power is the Access Services/Reference Librarian for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, managing circulation, course reserves, document delivery services, and copyright management. She is the managing department head and has also assisted with archival and special collections work, and genealogy. She has taught American Library Association e-courses on genealogical research and is working on her certification through the Board of Genealogical Certification. She has presented at NCLA, the ILLiad Conference, the Ares Virtual Conference, the Azaela Coast Library Association Conference, and the Access Services Conference. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and has published a series of articles in that journal as well as several book chapters.

June works at the only university established as a state-sponsored school for Native Americans in the United States. She lives in Robeson County, NC, which is still the home of the Lumbee Tribe, with her husband, daughter, and a tribe of cats.

 

20 Comics in 60 Minutes

20 Comics in 60 Minutes

 

 

Library staff are expected and trained to provide readers advisory services, but sometimes providing readers advisory for comics and graphic novels can be a challenge.

During this 20 Comics in 60 Minutes program, Amanda Jacobs Foust will bring library staff up to speed on the best kids, teen and adult comics and graphics novels of 2018.

In this interactive and informative webinar, participants will learn:
Recommended comics and graphic novels for readers advisory and collection development
Popular and lesser-known publishers
Resources for readers advisory and collection development for comics and graphic novels

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Original broadcast November 8, 2018

Amanda Jacobs Foust ~ Biography
Amanda Jacobs Foust is a librarian and editor for No Flying No Tights who also produces and co-hosts the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast with Jack Baur of the Berkeley Public Library. Together, they present and write about comics; including their annual favorite comics of each year kids, teens and adults. In addition to her comics work, Amanda has extensive experience as a conference and webinar presenter on a diverse range of topics related to librarianship.

Maps: Interpreting Current and Historical Resources

Maps: Interpreting Current and Historical Resources

 

For local history and genealogy lovers, maps are rich, but sometimes overlooked, sources of information. They can paint a vivid picture, offer rich insights, and fascinating stories, if you know what to look for.

In this interactive and informative program, attendees will discover a variety of sources (both physical and digital) for accessing map data including:

o Sanborn Maps
o Historical atlases
o USGS Maps

Attendees will also learn:
Tools and tips for analyzing the historical and community information maps contain
Applications for this information, including suggestions for hands‐on learning activities and community projects.
While many of these resources are online, we’ll look at examples of digital and paper maps to uncover clues about the past and present including locations of railroads, changes in rivers and roads, and the growth of towns and cities.

Original broadcast November 6, 2018

Miriam Kahn ~ Biography

MBK CONSULTING was founded by Miriam Kahn, MLS, MA, PhD in 1991.  Her company specializes in providing consulting and educational services to libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and other cultural institutions.

In 1992, Miriam began teaching workshops in Library & Information Science at Kent State University. These workshops continue to be popular today and include Genealogy & Local History Research Methods, Accessing Government Documents, Print & On-Line,