Social Library, Hashtag Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 06 December 2016
Social Library, Hashtag Edition

This week's Social Library is a special Hashtag Edition, highlighting some of the ways libraries are leveraging the power of hashtags on Facebook. Though hashtags are more frequently associated with Twitter or Instagram, they are increasingly used on Facebook, with varying degrees of impact. Libraries are adding hashtags to posts to connect to their local patron communities, or to the broader Facebook community, often reaching different sectors, or with the widest meaning possible. These libraries use hashtags to fundraise, to motivate, for solving mysteries, for sharing histories and for recognizing volunteers. We hope you are inspired by these libraries and... Read more

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15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project

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Published: 01 December 2016
15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project

Fifteen small U.S. public libraries have been selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). The libraries, chosen from 106 completed applications, are located in 12 different states and serve communities ranging in size from 1,000 to 21,000 people.

The selected libraries are:

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Free December Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 30 November 2016
Free December Webinars for Library Staff

The holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take the time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. 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.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction... Read more

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Logic, Data and Planning: Takeaways from RIPL

Amanda Armstrong, Business Librarian, Loveland Public Library
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Published: 28 November 2016
Logic, Data and Planning: Takeaways from RIPL

When I learned that I had the opportunity to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL), I was excited to spend a long weekend learning about data collection, analysis and visualization. I currently work as the Business Librarian for Loveland Public Library (CO), and I absolutely love data! Prior to working at the library, I worked as a data and systems manager in healthcare, so I know that good data analysis and proactive work can improve people's quality of life. I was thrilled by the possibility of using data to help our diverse community of library users and even... Read more

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3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 16 November 2016
3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

As individuals and communities react to conflict in the world, we're reminded of the ways in which libraries often serve as a sanctuary for those looking for physical or emotional safety. But unfortunately, even the committed and welcoming staff who keep libraries open are subjected to intolerance and narrow-mindedness. We recently learned through a post on Facebook of such an exchange between a patron and a librarian at a branch of the Upper Darby Libraries in Pennsylvania. The library director shared this post to inform the community of the incident, and not surprisingly, the post now has numerous comments of... Read more

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