Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 19 September 2016
Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

If you are looking for an impressive number of resources, templates and ideas on how to reach and serve entrepreneurs at your library, then look no further than the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library.

Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Librarian, Cecil County Public Library (CCPL) in Maryland, oriented her advice around four ways you can reach entrepreneurs in your community. No matter the size of your library or your community, Metzler showed concrete ideas big and small that you can initiate.

At CCPL, Metzler's part-time position is dedicated to reference and outreach to businesses and entrepreneurs. "The... Read more

The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
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Published: 15 September 2016
The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

Today, universities and colleges across the United States are having open and sometimes intense conversations about the matters of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity in their campuses. These conversations are often a great start for students, faculty, administration and the community to learn and engage with each other through respectful dialogue and understanding.

Some university libraries are taking steps further by creating a diversity space, showcasing exhibits and partnering with other academic and student centered departments to promote diversity and inclusivity. How can libraries support these important conversations and discussions on campus? In one example, Fresno State's Library Diversity Committee has... Read more

Social Library, Writers' Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 13 September 2016
Social Library, Writers' Edition

This edition of the Social Library features libraries that are hosting programs and groups in support of emerging and established writers. Writers' groups are hosted regularly, some with visiting authors and others with specific guidelines for how to prepare writing for feedback. Other libraries are hosting writing conferences or indie author showcase events, and still others have established writer-in-residence programs. And one of the libraries is preparing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Explore these approaches to supporting local writers in your community, and if you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please... Read more

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Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 09 September 2016
Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors

If the recent webinar Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the Rural Library Director could be summed up in one sentence, it might just be: "Make sure you know your community and that your community knows you."

Jennifer Pearson, Director, Marshall County Memorial Library (TN) and Association for Rural & Small Libraries board member, hit on this point consistently through all ten of those practical tips, and as she shared her own experience as director of a library in a community that she's not from. "The first two questions people asked me: where do you go to church?... Read more

Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish

Martín Blasco, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, OR
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Published: 06 September 2016
Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish

When I was asked to review Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Scherrer, I have to confess that I was skeptical. The idea of reading and reviewing another book with samples of bilingual or monolingual storytimes was not on my radar. Although I don't personally know the authors, I know of their excellent work and credibility. My concern when I began reading the book was that there would be a clear theoretical framework of why a bilingual storytime should be used instead of one in a single language.

Following the... Read more

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