48 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 July 2016
48 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

August can be a time of transition for library staff, as summer programs wind down and a new school year begins. Teams may be looking to reset their goals, objectives or tactics, and learning about new approaches can be a great way to infuse innovation and enthusiasm into the process. This month's free webinars relevant your work could be a great place to find that inspiration. This list, provided by the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. This month's list covers... Read more

WALT Learns Together: Overcoming the Paradox of Anytime + Anywhere = Never

Elizabeth Iaukea
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Published: 25 July 2016
WALT Learns Together: Overcoming the Paradox of Anytime + Anywhere = Never

The Washington Library Trainers (WALT), an interest group of the Washington Library Association, is a group of staff training and development professionals working in Washington libraries. The group meets in person quarterly, with in-between meetings held virtually to share best practices, staff training resources, snacks, and laughs. WALT members are drawn to the group by a strong desire to learn continuously and to support each other’s growth and professional development. ‘WALT Learns Together’ was born from the idea that individual members are more likely to focus time and energy learning or exploring if the learning goal was shared by trusted... Read more

Social Library, Volume 63

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 19 July 2016
Social Library, Volume 63

This edition of the Social Library features libraries who are partnering in various ways, to provide programs and incentives to patrons. We see many of the partnerships clearly represented in the Facebook posts, including a state-wide reading challenge, a children's dental health program, and storytimes in unlikely locations. And for others, we're guessing that libraries have connected with local vendors for in-kind contributions, in the form of ice cream, or backpacks filled with school supplies. We hope these examples inspire you to seek out local and state partnerships. And if you'd like to see your library featured in the Social... Read more

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Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 18 July 2016
Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

With a new strategic goal to focus on increasing patron access to and engagement with books and reading, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) in Northwestern Washington embarked on an ambitious effort to get all of their staff ready and eager to get out and talk to patrons about books and reading. All staff includes pages, clerks, non-public services staff, and administrators, well beyond those traditionally trained as Reader's Advisors (RA). The message to administrators and non-professional staff: if the library expects our patrons to come in and find books they like to read, then everyone on staff should know... Read more

Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 14 July 2016
Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities

Library programs for new audiences often suffer from "if we build it, they will come" syndrome. So, if we know simply offering a new program to a new audience isn't likely to be as successful as we want, then what are strategies to ensure better attendance at the programs and to build relationships with patrons new to the library?

That's the question Katie Scherrer, consultant and co-author of Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish, and Lauren Simon, Community Librarian at Tualatin Public Library, sought to answer in the recent webinar Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge... Read more

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