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Understanding Community Needs

Understanding Community Needs

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How do we know what our users need? Do they really like our services? Why are they using some resources but not others? What do we need to know to plan and engage our students, our public, and our overall community?

During this interactive webinar, we will explore how analyzing demographic information, surveying our users and potential users, and focus groups can help us develop services that will meet our users’ needs.

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Presenter ~ Diana Silvera 
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.

 

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.

Re-Energizing a Friends Group

Re-Energizing a Friends Group

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The signs are obvious when a Friends group is ailing. Fewer volunteers, fewer events, less money raised, and less involvement in the community.

Sometimes, the Friends group is the brainchild of a talented individual who successfully ran the organization as a one-person show. But, they never built a sustainable team, and now they are leaving town.

Or maybe the book sale has become a pet project that needs a facelift but long-timers refuse to allow change. Revitalizing the organization might mean reconsidering what your Friends group is for and establishing new goals that attract new people with new ideas.

Outcomes:

  • Evaluate activities for their contributions to the library.
  • Develop a recruitment strategy for new volunteers and leadership.
  • Find out what other successful library Friends groups are doing right.

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.

Programming for Foodies

Programming for Foodies

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Infuse your programs with flavor and sensory experiences for all ages. In this webinar, you’ll get a baker’s dozen food programming ideas and activities for all age groups and budgets.

Learn how to incorporate your own personal foodie interests into programming, marketing, and partnerships to create programming tailored to your library and patrons.

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

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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.

Starting a Friends Group

Starting a Friends Group

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Well-run Friends groups are vital for the prosperity of public libraries (and can be an asset for school and academic libraries as well).

What surprises some people is that a modern Friends group does more than run the traditional sale or thrift store. They can raise money, recruit volunteers, promote the library at public events and be an advocate for the library’s services and programs at community forums.

And, their activities provide a positive experience for volunteers of all ages. Learn the steps you can take to help ensure your new Friends’ success.

Outcomes:

  • Recruit a core team of supporters to help get your new Friends group up and running.
  • Ensure your Friends nonprofit leaders know their legal and financial responsibilities.
  • Develop a plan for the first year’s operations.

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.

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.

Fandoms! What’s Trending and How You Can Bring Fans to Your Library

Fandoms! What’s Trending and How You Can Bring Fans to Your Library

 

Fandoms! What’s Trending and how you can bring fans to your library

Geekiness has come out of the basement into the mainstream. This fast-paced webinar will cover fandom trends that bleed over into merchandise, gaming, cosplay, TV, movies and more. Get updated on what your geeky patrons are into, and leave with some practical ideas to use that knowledge in your library. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, author of Teen Fandom and Geek Programming: A Practical Guide for Librarians brings her experience and geekiness to educate and entertain in this webinar.

Participants will learn about:
-Popular fandom trends
-Netflix as a trend-maker
-Growth of digital TV platforms
-Board Games and Dungeons and Dragons
-Disney’s continuing plans for fandom domination
-How you can apply these fandom trends to your library programming and collections

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Original broadcast October 8, 2019 

Biography ~ Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is an instructor of online privacy and a practitioner. As CEO of Digital Respons-Ability she helps educate students and other organizations on digital citizenship, which includes being safe and private online. In addition Carrie is a corporate trainer, event planner, writer and library consultant who works hard to stay on top of tech trends for her audiences.

 

Grant Writing

Grant Writing

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Do you want to take the guesswork out of grant work? Grants can support the changing needs in your community and provide many benefits (in addition to funding!). Stephanie Gerding’s grant webinars are known for being easy to understand, motivating, and full of valuable tips. Practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists will be shared.

You’ll be excited, motivated, and ready to win grants for your library!

  • With so much competition for grant dollars, you want to be able to:
  • Apply the basic process of grant work
  • Develop grant projects using community needs and planning
  • Quickly find the best grant opportunities for your library through free resources
  • Find out what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal,
  • Be excited and confident about grant work!

Biography ~ Stephanie Gerding
Stephanie Gerding, MLIS, (http://stephaniegerding.com), is a library consultant with 20 years of professional experience. Stephanie is the author of four books including the ALA Editions best seller, Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians. She has success in all areas of grant work as a grant writer, reviewer, funder, evaluator, and project manager. She’s been a lead grant reviewer of LSTA and state grants at two state libraries, and reviewed grants for nonprofits, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She’s the Executive Director of Act of Giving, a small nonprofit giving circle. Stephanie finds grant work exciting and challenging and loves helping others learn to enjoy it as well. She lives in beautiful Seattle, WA with her husband and their spunky twelve-year-old daughter.

 

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.