Support Small Business Development at Your Library

Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Librarian, Cecil County Public Library, will present a free webinar on September 15.

September Poll: Teen Services

WebJunction, in collaboration with Library Journal, will present the free webinar Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success on September 20. Courtney Saldana, 2016 Mover & Shaker, will discuss teen programming basics from assessment to implementation.

But first, we'd like to know what your library offers teens and where you'd like to grow your teen programs and services.

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One of the things we love most at WebJunction is hearing about the different ways you are meeting the needs of your communities in creative, impactful ways—making the library a key part of your communities.

One library system that stands out is Cecil County Public Library (CCPL) in Maryland—in July we featured their research-based SPARK program that reduces barriers for kids so they can read more over the summer.

Of course, this is just one of oh-so-many programs and services CCPL provides. Another is the impressive Small Business Information Center that connects current or prospective small business owners with a variety of resources, including sample business plans, demographics and competitor information.

Read testimonials on the library's website from several businesses, including a small garden-themed shop and a full-service travel agency, to get a feel for the in-depth information CCPL provides.  

This month, we are excited to host Laura Metzler, the Small Business Information Librarian at CCPL, as she presents the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library.

In the free webinar on Thursday, September 15, Metzler will reveal how your library can be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners. She will cover the basics of collection development, classes, marketing, partnerships and more.

Just added! A new opportunity to learn directly from the experts in the field has been announced: join George Needham, Director, Delaware County District Library (OH), to learn How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times. On October 12, Needham will explore the five characteristics that encourage positive results for library leaders in uncertain times, regardless of what the world throws their way.

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IFLA 2016: Reaching for the Possible

Last month, the 2016 IFLA Conference came to Ohio, and WebJunction's Betha Gutsche was there for the experience. Gutsche reflects on how many times she heard the word "possible" and how the theme of possibility pervaded the conference. Learn about how several presenters on a variety of topics evoked what is possible in their visions and examples of library futures around the world, and mapped potential paths toward turning possibility into reality.

IFLA 2016: Reaching for the Possible

Rural Libraries Services for Older Adults: Summary of Findings

Each day roughly 10,000 Americans turn 65. How are rural libraries serving these older adults? To find out, Cynthia Hughes, Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming's Coe Library, conducted a survey of rural libraries throughout 45 states and two Canadian provinces to see how rural libraries are serving the 65+ demographic in their communities. Hughes shares a summary of her findings covering services, collections, accessibility measures and more from more than 700 libraries.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Support Small Business Development at Your Library

Economic development and job opportunities are concerns in most communities, and thriving small businesses are important to ensuring a community's economic health. Join Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Center (SBIC) Librarian from the Cecil County Public Library (CCPL), to learn how your library can be a part of the formula for building and supporting a stronger local economy. You'll learn how CCPL has developed the SBIC since its inception in 2003, growing from a shelf of books to a personalized service, with examples and lessons they've learned along the way.

Find out how your library can be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners. This session will cover the basics of collection development, classes, marketing, partnerships and more. Hear how libraries are not only helping launch small businesses, but as these businesses continue to thrive, they are able to give back to the community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success

When "Change Agent" Courtney Saldana was featured as a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, we were treated to a sampling of her outstanding work with teens, and knew that all libraries could benefit from hearing more. Learn about her teen programming basics along with practical and actionable steps for doing a teen needs assessment, creating a teen space and hosting a teen book fest. Courtney will also introduce us to Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP), a program connecting teens with what they need to succeed as adults and parents: how to interview successfully, dress professionally, deal with conflict and time management, care for their child, postpone or prevent a second pregnancy, and more. Expanding from local success to state-wide implementation, the STeP program embodies a wonderful example of the replicable innovation brought to the field by Movers & Shakers. This webinar is part of a series highlighting the work of recent LJ Movers & Shakers and is hosted in collaboration with Library Journal.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


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