Funding Opportunities, Resources Available from National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Published: 18 January 2017
Funding Opportunities, Resources Available from National Network of Libraries of Medicine

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a long history of working with libraries to connect the public to important health information.

In 1976, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began to specifically develop relationships with state libraries to ensure access to researched-based health information for communities, and in 1998 NLM launched a project to understand better the role of public libraries in providing health information to their communities, which coincided with the release of MedlinePlus, an online health resource aimed at the public. NLM has waived all fees for access to its online databases since 1997, making... Read more

Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

Kathleen Gesinger
Published: 12 January 2017
Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

Your role in your public library elevates you to a community leader and change agent. No matter your formal title or the size of your library, you have the opportunity to meet and evolve with your communities' changing needs. As a central learning and gathering space, your library supports the needs of a wide range of community needs for children, businesses, tribal communities, seniors, English language learners, the list goes on. With such a range of stakeholders in your community, how do you learn about your communities' evolving needs and then plan for change?

In the recent webinar Engaged Planning:... Read more

Social Library, Volume 75

Jennifer Peterson
Published: 10 January 2017
Social Library, Volume 75

We're kicking off the new year in our Social Library series with five examples of outstanding community engagement from libraries we follow on Facebook. Learn how libraries are leveraging Facebook Live, hosting TED-Ed Clubs, collecting community donations and serving homeschoolers. Thank you to all these libraries for their great work, and if you'd like to see your library featured in future Social Library editions, please let us know via or find us on Facebook.

Austin Public Library in Texas innovatively uses the Facebook Live feature to connect with their community. We read about this work in a Tech... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

What's Your Story?

Walt Crawford
Published: 05 January 2017
What's Your Story?

You need to tell your story. Whether you call it story-telling, marketing, advocacy, promotion or community outreach, you need to make your library's story heard in your community. To tell your story effectively, you must understand your own story - what you're about, how you're central, what you offer and what you should offer. What's your story?

Those comfortable with marketing might rephrase that question as "What's your brand?" For most of us, that's not a true equivalence. At best, your brand might be the shorthand version of your story - the "elevator pitch" or one-sentence highlight.

Traditionally, a brand... Read more

Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations

Charles W. Pratt, Managing Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries
Published: 22 December 2016
Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations

This past summer my library system, Sno-Isle Libraries, held a series of four community forums on the topic of teen suicide throughout the two-county library district we serve in western Washington; this was the 12th topic around which we'd created a series of forums as a part of our Issues That Matter programming series. The Issues That Matter series has been a regular part of the programming in our library district since 2010, and its purpose is to facilitate important community conversations on high-profile, current event topics.

Issues That Matter provides a forum for civil, open discussion with the guidance... Read more


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