Best Small Library in America 2012
A webinar with the Independence Public Library, 2012 Best Small Library in America, showcasing innovative programming, marketing, advocacy and management strategies.
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Library Journal's annual Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the 2012 Best Small Library in America: Independence Public Library. The multi-award-winning library’s staff of eight serves a population of 13,420 through innovative programs and partnerships, leveraging social media and the Geek the Library campaign for sustained marketing and advocacy efforts. Using a participatory management style and collaborating with other Kansas libraries, along with others in their community, IPL has reached out to individuals and partners to deliver programs and services that bring the community into the library.
Presented by: Julie Hildebrand, IPL director; Lily Morgan, director, Learning Resource Center at Independence Community College; and Meredith Schwartz, News Editor, Library Journal.
- View Recording (You will be prompted to login to our free Course Catalog.)
- View slides (pdf)
- View chat (xls)
- Learner Guide (doc) Use alone or with others to extend your learning.
- See follow-up article, Becoming the next Best Small Library in America
- Independence Public Library
- Independence Community College Library
- IMPACT Survey
- Association for Rural and Small Libraries
- Previous year's award winners:
2005: Haines Borough Public Library, Alaska
2006: Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
2007: Grand County Public Library, Utah
2008: Chelsea District Library, Michigan, and WebJunction webinar handouts from Chelsea
2009: Union County Carnegie Library, South Carolina
2010: Glen Carbon Centennial Library, Illinois, and WebJunction webinar with Anne M. Hughes
2011: Naturita Community Library, Colorado, and WebJunction webinar with Naturita
2012: Independence Public Library, Kansas, and WebJunction webinar with Independence
2013: Southern Area Public Library, West Virginia, and WebJunction webinar with SAPL
2014: Pine River Library, Colorado, and WebJunction webinar with Pine River
2015: Belgrade Community Library, Montana, and WebJunction webinar with Belgrade
11 September 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
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