Programs for Culinary Literacy at the Gwinnett County Public Library
The number of libraries offering garden and culinary-focused programming have been "growing" and we love to highlight the ways libraries are innovating in this area. We recently had the opportunity to speak with staff at the Gwinnett County Public Library (GA) about their low-cost, high-impact, culinary-focused programming, and how they’ve leveraged partnerships to create a sustainable commitment to culinary literacy. Marketing and communications manager, Dee Driver, and adult programming manager, Denise Auger, shared how they’re improving culinary literacy in their community.
When Auger's manager asked her to explore ways to bring food and nutrition topics to programs at their... Read more
Quick Wins Through Community Discovery
When libraries look to expand or revitalize the programs and services that they offer, they often turn to their community for inspiration and ideas. And the best way to learn what the community wants, is to ask, listen and observe! Using a design thinking approach, libraries can apply a variety of community discovery tools, such as dot boards, intercept interviews, or interactive workshops to gather insights into the needs and aspirations of community members. With a deeper understanding of the community, libraries can explore the possibilities for responding to community members’ ideas and suggestions.
As you gather a range... Read more
Social Library, Volume 140
A trivia championship, a teen writing contest, and a fine-free library card for educators are some of the highlights in this fresh edition of our Social Library series. The featured libraries use Facebook to connect and engage with community members, sharing information about programs and events. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Lancaster Public Library in Pennsylvania is hosting their final Are You Smarter than a Librarian? Grand Championship, a benefit raising funds for the library. "Assemble your team of trivia gurus and... Read more
Free September Webinars for Library Staff
In true back-to-school fashion, September brings a wealth of learning opportunities for library staff, trustees and friends. From fundraising to partnerships, and from teamwork to teens, this list is sure to bring you new insights and inspiration. This list of 79 webinars collected by the Wyoming State Library and updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by category.
For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.
Relationship Building = Repeat Business (Utah State Library)
Learn how to create stronger relationships... Read more
Using Big Data for Strategic Marketing
When it comes to marketing the library, most people have a few big questions on their minds: How do I create engaging social media posts? What's the best way to manage the workflow across my library system? How can we reach non-users to find out what would turn them into users?
That last question has challenged library staff for ages. The response is usually, "Conduct a survey or convene a focus group." Those projects, however, get data from very small samples. And those non-users are tough to reach. They don't follow your library on social platforms and may not... Read more
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17 September 2019
Hear from three library leaders who are redefining community engagement.
17 October 2019
In this webinar, learn about free resources and programming ideas to support patron information needs related to fraud protection.
30 October 2019
This webinar will present examples from new case studies of libraries who are serving as active partners in addressing the opioid crisis in their communities.
07 November 2019
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on the basics of library advocacy and how to integrate advocacy into your everyday and into your community relationships.