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Social Media Content Trends for 2021 and Beyond

Social Media Content Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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Social media has always had trends, and this year is no exception. Find out what professional marketers are focusing on now and in the near future, and how some of these trends might work for your own library.

Stay on top of what’s working and what’s not!

Laura Solomon, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and a W3C-certified front-end web developer. She has been doing web development and design for more than twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Making a Collection Count

Making a Collection Count

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Make your collection count! This program talks about the overall quality of a library collection.

We will deep dive into collection philosophies, objectives, benchmarks, and all sorts of metrics to keep library collections in tip-top shape.

Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.

Holly Hibner is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She has a mild obsession with weeding (ok, maybe not so mild), and can often be found walking the stacks looking for missing, damaged, and just plain weird titles. She also loves all things techie and the challenge of a good reference question. Holly is riding high and pulling all the glory out of her second term as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association.

Mary Kelly is the Digital Resources and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She is passionate about collection quality and, when she’s not wrangling with Overdrive, she is usually hunched over the computer looking at spreadsheets. She spent a few years in Youth Services, molding young minds through Toddler Disco, but recently returned to the promised land of Adult Services. For street cred, Holly and Mary co-authored the book “Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management.” Reading it will surely change your life, so interlibrary loan a copy today! They are also co-authors of the popular blog “Awful Library Books.”

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

Learning to Love and Leverage a Remote Workplace

The current pandemic has forced many workplaces to operate remotely. How do you conduct productive meetings, manage staff, and move projects forward in this environment? What tools can help foster engagement and collaboration? Our speakers will examine best practices for remote work, including meeting and project management. The focus will be flexible, addressing challenges facing managers as well as employees managing up.

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Original broadcast February 25, 2021 

Presenter ~ Jim Walther
Jim Walther is TBLC’s 5th Executive Director as we approach our 42nd year. This year, he will be focusing on the strategic course for TBLC, member outreach, our eServices offerings to members, COVID response and working with our association partnerships. He taught management, leadership and Human Resources Administration at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management.

Presenter ~ Amy Carr
Amy Carr has experience in academic, public and law libraries. From 2006-2020 she worked in the research department of a law firm with offices across the United States and around the world. She successfully managed staff she didn’t meet in person for years. Her team was widely known for their excellent project management skills despite the fact that they worked remotely from each other and their colleagues. Amy has presented on leadership and the creation of a virtual onboarding program at the annual law libraries conference.

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

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The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library and today in a post-COVID-19 world. You may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you with the ability to better use existing funds.

During this series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author Diana Silveira, attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget, and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Continuity of Operations (2 of 2)

Continuity of Operations (2 of 2)

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Have a Plan.

  • 100-year floods that happen every other year.
  • Wildfires.
  • Pandemic(s).

What does it mean to provide “essential” services in the eyes of library administrators, and how is that likely to differ from the priorities of larger governmental umbrellas?

This two part series focuses on two things: developing a checklist for levels of service and putting together a plan to deal with things that aren’t as unusual as they used to be.

Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Transferrable Skills and the Empowered Employee

Transferrable Skills and the Empowered Employee

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Library managers are in a key position to empower their employees and capitalize on the strengths of individual staff under their supervision. Often times staff will join a library or department with a unique set of skills that can be transferred to benefit their new assignment. This session will help you identify transferrable skills that your employees have and determine how you can empower their performance.

Biography ~ Jodie Borgerding
Jodie Borgerding is the Consulting & Education Services Manager. She oversees the development of training opportunities and provide direct consulting services to Amigos members. Jodie has experience in association management, staff development, and academic libraries. Prior to joining Amigos, Jodie served as the Instruction Librarian and Subject Liaison for Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is also a past-president of the Missouri Library Association, and is an active member of the American Library Association and Association of College & Research Libraries. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Missouri State University and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

In partnership with TBLC,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

Continuity of Operations (2 of 2)

Continuity of Operations (1 of 2)

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Have a Plan.

  • 100-year floods that happen every other year.
  • Wildfires.
  • Pandemic(s).

What does it mean to provide “essential” services in the eyes of library administrators, and how is that likely to differ from the priorities of larger governmental umbrellas?

This two part series focuses on two things: developing a checklist for levels of service and putting together a plan to deal with things that aren’t as unusual as they used to be.

Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

How to Manage Volunteers in the Library with Pat Wagner

How to Manage Volunteers in the Library with Pat Wagner

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Decades ago leaders in the nonprofit community came to a conclusion: Volunteers needed to be treated like paid employees. They needed to be hired, evaluated, trained, supervised, and evaluated again, not “ignore them and hope for the best.”

If they handle money, they need to agree to a credit check. If they work with people under the age of 18, they need a background check and training in Florida law that requires the reporting of suspected child abuse. They need coaching and mentoring and validation and respect.

In the short term, it might feel like too much work. In the long run, with higher standards, your library will attract and sustain volunteers who are more committed and productive.

Outcomes:

  • Research Florida personnel laws governing volunteer employees.
  • Create volunteer job descriptions and performance contracts.
  • Develop policies for addressing volunteer issues, such as nepotism and cronyism.

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries and allied institutions since 1978. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a presenter with the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat is known for her good-humored and practical programs.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

Meservey, Iowa, is tiny — fewer than 250 residents —and the library’s budget is tight. Despite this, the Meservey Public Library has managed to triple its program attendance in the past few years and create many memorable, budget-friendly events.

Drawing on her experience as director of the Meservey Public Library, Chelsea Price will share ideas for hosting “”big”” programs on a small budget and discuss how partnerships can be an invaluable resource for programming.

Participants of this session will:
• Discover new programming ideas
• Learn how to build partnerships with community members to help the library thrive as the “”hub”” of the town
• Explore ways to trim your programming budget and save money

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Original broadcast February 9, 2021 

Presenter ~ Chelsea Price
Chelsea Price is the director of the Meservey Public Library in Meservey, Iowa. Chelsea has presented at the Kids First Conference in Iowa and the ARSL conference in Springfield, Illinois, and she writes for the Programming Librarian blog. Her book, 209 Big Program Ideas for Small Budgets, is being published through ALA Editions and is set to hit shelves in the fall of 2020. Chelsea and her husband love volunteering at animal shelters throughout the Midwest, and they have four senior, special-needs dogs of their own.

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (3 of 5)

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The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library and today in a post-COVID-19 world. You may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you with the ability to better use existing funds.

During this series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author Diana Silveira, attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget, and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.