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How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives

How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives

 

A Library of Things can be made up of just about anything. La Porte County (Indiana) Public Library’s grew into a collection of innovative technology equipment and now includes professional development resources for local teachers to help students of all backgrounds and abilities thrive in today’s skills-based economy.

Learn how our organization developed strategic partnerships to increase access and opportunity and how those partnerships have grown in support and evolved into a community-wide effort.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Analyze community needs and interests to build relevant collections
• Identify ed-tech products that provide quality professional development resources for educators and build a network of contacts
• Develop a plan to meet with school administrators and circulate a Library of Things that will grant access to underserved student populations, providing students with equal opportunity to achieve overall academic success

Original broadcast August 13, 2020

Biography ~ Susan Bannwart
Susan Bannwart is the Community Engagement Manager. She along with the “”dream team”” of community engagement librarians develop programming, school partnerships, community collaborations, and STEAM initiatives of LPCPL. Susan loves learning and spends as much free time as she can outdoors riding horses, gardening, or just enjoying nature.

Biography ~ Jenny Minich

Jenny Minich is a community engagement librarian. She stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness.

The Healing Library: COVID-19 Kit

The Healing Library: COVID-19 Kit

 

 

This session will introduce participants to The Healing Library (THL) – lendable kits of healing for families who have experienced trauma – and will focus on the contents of our newest kit to assist families in coping with COVID-19. The COVID-19 kit is intended to be downloaded and utilized by a family or libraries that can assemble them and distribute them to families.

In this program attendees will learn:
• An overview of The Healing Library
• What’s included in the COVID-19 kit
• Suggestions for distributing materials to your patrons
• An overview of our website for other resources your library can use

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Original broadcast August 4, 2020 

Biography ~ Megan Emery
Megan Emery has been working in public libraries for over 13 years in three states; most recently as Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor Maker Space and Teen Department. She’s the author of Cooking Up Library Programs Teens & Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success and a two time winner of the YALSA’s Writing Award. When she’s not geeking out over library stuff you can find her dancing with her new baby, sneaking treats to her dog and cat, or cooking yummy stuff to share with her husband.

Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop Up Programming

Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop Up Programming

In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. Hear from Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, to learn about why civic engagement is inherent in library services, the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. They’ll also discuss the lessons learned from three years of civic literacy programming.

Learning Objectives:

• Be able to articulate and advocate for the role of the public library as a convener of civic engagement opportunities in the community
• Be able to identify strategies and topics for engaging patrons in thought-provoking ideas and dialogue beyond traditional programming
• Be able to identify and engage library staff at all levels in civic engagement initiatives across the library

Biography ~ Christine Goertz
Christine Goertz is a Collection Development Librarian for the Youth Services Department at the Skokie Public Library selecting fiction for birth to age 12. When she is not busy reading for Skokie’s Hot Summer Reads Committee, Christine is usually prepping for an upcoming Civic Lab. She is currently at work preparing for a pop-up focused on how the disposal of household clutter impacts the environment.

Original broadcast July 30, 2020

Biography – Amy Holcomb
Amy Holcomb is the Experiential Learning Supervisor at Skokie (IL) Public Library where she manages three hands-on learning spaces for youth, teens, and adults. She entered libraries through a series of fortunate events while an undergraduate studying chemistry. She loves applying her science background in programming opportunities and really loves how learning and sharing knowledge are essential parts of her job. Amy is a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Her favorite Civic Lab topics are science related, including genetic editing, outer space ownership, and climate change.

Library Outreach Reimagined: Operation Warm

Library Outreach Reimagined: Operation Warm

 

 

Learn about an exciting new partnership implemented by Operation Warm (a national non-profit) and public libraries all across the United States. A Warm Welcome to the Library is a collaborative event designed to introduce under-served and low-income community residents to everything your local library has to offer. Speakers will share their recent PLA conference presentation on program origins, the results of a three-year pilot program at 50 sites, and a toolkit for implementations. A library professional from the Baltimore program site will also share her firsthand experiences and lessons learned. This webinar aligns with the pathway for Data-Driven Leaders in PLA’s Theory of Change for Professional Development. To learn more, please visit www.ala.org/pla/education/theoryofchange.

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Original broadcast July 14, 2020 


Presenters:

Allison Price, Director of Development
Ms. Price oversees granting, library community outreach and data analysis at Operation Warm. Her experience includes serving as an administrator for 13 years in New England and Mid-Atlantic area schools. She has degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University, with a focus on school leadership and parent-school-community partnerships. She has done collaborative work with organizations such as The Steppingstone Foundation, Breakthrough Manchester and New Jersey Seeds.

Heather Connolly, Vice President of Development and Community Partnerships.
In her role, Ms. Connolly works collaboratively to both fundraise and execute community coat giving across the country. Previously, Ms. Connolly spent 10 years working in various leadership roles with non-profit programs, including the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and Girls on the Run. She holds a BA in Economics and Politics from Wake Forest University.

It’s Not Just for Kids: Bringing Play to Adult Programming

It’s Not Just for Kids: Bringing Play to Adult Programming

 

 

We all need to play! Most grown-ups, stuck in the repetitive cycle of #adult-ing, forget that play is just as important for adults as it is for children. This interactive and informative program will outline the need for play in adult lives and demonstrate how play helps maintain adult brains, bodies, and spirits. Using the work of the National Institute of Play, we will explore the seven patterns of play. Additionally, we will examine and celebrate ways that Library programming is bringing play to the forefront in our patrons’ lives and explore ways that libraries might expand this initiative.

Original broadcast July 2, 2020 

Biography ~ Melissa Cast-Brede

Melissa Cast-Brede is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in the undergraduate library science program. Previously, Dr. Cast-Brede served as education librarian at UNO, and other universities in the Midwest where she oversaw the development of psychology, education, and children’s and young adult collections. Additionally, she served as the Director of Member Services with the Association of College and Research Libraries. Last year, Dr. Cast-Brede received the Alumni Outstanding Teaching award.

Erica Rose is Library Science Faculty and Program Coordinator for UNO’s undergraduate library science program and she is very excited about 21st century librarianship. Her teaching and research interests include library leadership, community engagement, advocacy and children’s literature. Before coming to higher education, she spent many years working in libraries of all flavors. Whether serving in the field or in the college classroom, she strives to infuse joy into education and public service.

Transitioning Services Online to Meet the Needs of Patrons in a Crisis

Transitioning Services Online to Meet the Needs of Patrons in a Crisis

 

 

Scammers are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties related to the Coronavirus.

This webinar will explain how scams are evolving during the pandemic – from phony tests, treatments, and cures to taking your money but not delivering masks, sanitizers and supplies to trying to get your stimulus check.  We’ll also cover tips relating to recovering from the financial fallout of the pandemic.

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Original broadcast May 21, 2020 

Biography ~ Carol Kando-Pineda
Carol Kando-Pineda is Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education where she leads teams to create free print materials, websites, and videos to help people avoid scams, manage their money and make wise buys. Carol began her FTC career as a staff attorney bringing false advertising cases; she then became the agency’s Legislative Counsel, serving for several years as a liaison between the FTC and Congress.

How to Assess Your Community for Programs and Events

How to Assess Your Community for Programs and Events

 

When was the last time you added something new to your program & events calendar? Are you constantly recycling old ideas, hoping for new attendees? It’s time to change up your offerings. In this webinar you will learn how to scour your community for new ideas and presenters. Your next big idea might be right next door or down the street.

You will leave the webinar knowing:
• Why you should turn to your community for program/event ideas
• Where to find ideas, hosts, and support
• How to successfully market within your community and beyond

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Original broadcast May14, 2020 


Biography ~ April Pavis-Shroederpril

Pavis-Shroeder is a librarian and volunteer coordinator at a public library in Northern Virginia. She began working in St. Mary’s County (MD) Public Library in 2006 as a circulation associate and was soon volun-told into the position of Teen Advisory Board leader. She quickly realized how magnificent and passionate that age group was, and decided to pursue a career in teen librarianship. April and received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland in December, 2010 and has worked in libraries ever since.

The Latest on CO-VID 19 Scams from the Federal Trade Commission

The Latest on CO-VID 19 Scams from the Federal Trade Commission

Scammers are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties related to the Coronavirus.

This webinar will explain how scams are evolving during the pandemic – from phony tests, treatments, and cures to taking your money but not delivering masks, sanitizers and supplies to trying to get your stimulus check.  We’ll also cover tips relating to recovering from the financial fallout of the pandemic.

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Original broadcast May 6, 2020

 

Biography ~ Carol Kando-Pineda
Carol Kando-Pineda is Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education where she leads teams to create free print materials, websites, and videos to help people avoid scams, manage their money and make wise buys. Carol began her FTC career as a staff attorney bringing false advertising cases; she then became the agency’s Legislative Counsel, serving for several years as a liaison between the FTC and Congress.

Creating the Image and Crafting the Message for Your Library

Creating the Image and Crafting the Message for Your Library

Image is about much more than a visual image or logo. Having a good image makes an impression and creates recognition. Creating a lasting and valuable image involves a relationship with customers and their emotional connection to you. Messaging is a key part of building that relationship that focuses on developing a clear message and communicating the right information to the right people.

People love relevant information and remember it if it is delivered well. As a library, then, where does all this fit?
In this interactive and informative program, learn how to create a message that paints your library as the preferred provider of information and entertainment resources. Whatever values and image your library chooses to convey, this program will help you be more intentional and choose what you want to be recognized for!

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Original broadcast May 5, 2020

Biography ~ Tonya Snider
Tonya is the founder and CEO of tenBiz, Inc. She oversees the marketing and strategic development aspects of the firm, while also working directly with clients. She specializes in business strategy, marketing and project management and helps companies grow, streamline and make significant improvements to their bottom line. Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Tonya trained and consulted hundreds of businesses in the economic development sector, was a commercial lender and developed entrepreneurship curricula and trainings for a state-wide non-profit organization.

Tonya is also a part-time professor of Business Management at Western Carolina University. She has worked directly in the non-profit, for-profit and education sectors and has a passion for “all things business” and helping people reach their goals.


 

How To Get $10,000 / Month In Free Advertising For Your Library From Google

How To Get $10,000 / Month In Free Advertising For Your Library From Google

 

Someone does a Google search and gets a list of results. On the very top are the “”paid listings””—ads placed by companies. Did you know libraries can place ads there too—for FREE?

There’s a little-known initiative called Google Ad Grants. Every qualifying nonprofit that applies gets a grant of up to $10,000 / month in advertising credit. This allows nonprofits to place ads at the top of Google search results, just like the big players do. 

Libraries can use the grant to promote anything at all—collections, electronic resources, programs, tutoring, services, classes, special events—you name it.

In this hour-long webinar, you’ll learn everything you need to know:

ϖ Which organizations qualify for the grants?
ϖ How quickly you can apply and can get set up
ϖ Why every library should be advertising its offerings in Google
ϖ Best practices for successful Google Ads campaigns
ϖ Where to get help in managing your grant and your campaigns
ϖ Results that other Ad Grants libraries are already achieving
ϖ What are the real costs (money & time) of the program?

Yes, you really can place ads on Google at no cost; you just have to learn how. This webinar will include links and instructions to get you started. It’s vital for your library to be visible on Google, where nearly everyone starts their searches. Meet the public where they are, and increase their awareness and usage of any of your library’s resources.

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Original broadcast April 21, 2020

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Marketing Maven Kathy Dempsey is a consultant and trainer through her business, Libraries Are Essential (www.LibrariesAreEssential.com), and has given presentations across the U.S. and Canada. She authored the book The Accidental Library Marketer. Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to retain respect and funding. Kathy has been the Editor of the Marketing Library Services newsletter for 25 years and was Founding Chair of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (www.LibraryMarketingConference.org).