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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.

Email Marketing for Libraries

Email Marketing for Libraries

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Email can be one of the most effective ways we can reach our users.  How can we make the most of each email to promote the library and its services and resources? 

During this interactive session, we will delve into making every email count, including:

  • Evaluating email management systems
  • Best Practices for Design
  • Content Ideas and best practices
  • How to grow your email mailing list
  • How to avoid the SPAM filter

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.

Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow and Productivity

Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow and Productivity

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Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!?” Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them?

This informative webinar is filled with online (and free!) tools that can help you improve your how you work.

Come discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have.

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.

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.

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.

Winning Library Grants for Advanced Learners

Winning Library Grants for Advanced Learners

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Congratulations for being an advanced library grant writer. Let’s share and learn together to sharpen our skills. Find out how to plan and prepare for an ongoing grant process. Learn advanced tips on writing needs statements, project planning, measuring the impact of your grant projects with outcome-based evaluation, and using a logic model. Research perspective funders to find out all the details (including past giving, board members, program emphasis, and financial information) and pinpoint the best opportunities for your library. Discover exactly what grant reviewers are looking for and how to bring clarity and professionalism to your grant proposals. Approach your grant work with confidence and competence!

Stephanie Gerding, MLIS, (http://stephaniegerding.com) is an internationally known consultant, librarian, author, and trainer. Stephanie has success in all aspects of grant work as a reviewer, writer, trainer, project manager, and consultant. She is the author of four books, including ALA’s best selling Winning Grants, the Library Grants Blog (http://librarygrants.blogpspot.com), and over 20 professional library articles on fundraising. She lives in beautiful Seattle, WA with her amazing husband, their spunky 13 year old daughter, and Paxton, the flying cat.

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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.

Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is not Collection Development

Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is not Collection Development

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Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session will discuss weeding techniques, how to motivate reluctant weeders, and the public relations side of weeding.

Participants will find the joy in a shelf list that reflects a clean, relevant, and current collection!

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.

The Person in the Mirror

The Person in the Mirror

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Whether it’s what we have for breakfast, when we go to sleep, how we treat others, how we do our work, or any of a hundred other areas in our everyday lives, the choices we make do indeed impact our days. And those choices are not typically forced upon us by others, although sometimes life hands us the proverbial lemons and we have to choose how to respond.

But still those choices are not by accident. No, it’s the person in the mirror who determines our days. Let’s discuss how we can make that person the best person we can be!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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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.

Winning Library Grants for Advanced Learners

Winning Library Grants for Intermediate Learners

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You know the basics and are ready to learn the best method for writing grant proposals to give you the competitive edge. Discover how to plan and write grant proposals, including the nitty-gritty essentials of needs assessments, project development, and outcome measurement. Find out who gives funding best suited for your library and how to find grant applications (including five free resources for finding grant library funders and a funder’s wish list). Discover common grant proposal components, the top five tips for writing winning proposals, and real library grant success stories. Your grant work will become easier and more effective!

Stephanie Gerding, MLIS, (http://stephaniegerding.com) is an internationally known consultant, librarian, author, and trainer. Stephanie has success in all aspects of grant work as a reviewer, writer, trainer, project manager, and consultant. She is the author of four books, including ALA’s best selling Winning Grants, the Library Grants Blog (http://librarygrants.blogpspot.com), and over 20 professional library articles on fundraising. She lives in beautiful Seattle, WA with her amazing husband, their spunky 13 year old daughter, and Paxton, the flying cat.

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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.