Planning a Library Con or Pop Culture Festival
Librarian Recommended blogger, Elia Juarez, shares her experience and expertise on planning and hosting a LibraryCon.
We hosted our library's sixth LibraryCon on May 4 (with over 650 attendees!), and each year, we've learned something new about planning a successful event. We're pleased to meet the needs of our community with a free, fun, all-day geekfest for the entire family, and an opportunity for them to experience the library in a completely new and interesting way.
The first place to start is deciding what type of convention you want to host. Will you focus on pop culture in general?... Read more
Social Library, Volume 133
This fresh edition of our Social Library series includes a variety of ways libraries are using Facebook to connect with their communities. From a nature table to mom speed dating, and from summer reading to a railroad anniversary, these examples are sure to inspire. And we’re grateful to the Portage District Library for letting us share their post honoring librarian Nicolette Warisse Sosulski. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Sidmouth Library in the UK shared photos of their Nature Table with an... Read more
Community Engagement: Redefining the Library as Town Square
Libraries are evolving, leaning outside of our walls, connecting with our communities in new and powerful ways. Defining our "why" requires understanding how to shift our focus from books to people. Our purpose is to support people and their quality of life. While there may be many definitions, community engagement isn't just about awareness, marketing, and sending staff out into the community. Community is at the center of everything. At Anythink, the public library system for Adams County, Colorado, it is at the heart of everything we do.
Like many libraries, our recent strategic planning research included a purposeful listening... Read more
Supercharged Storytimes for All Project Concludes, Learning Continues
Over the past four and a half years, WebJunction's Supercharged Storytimes for All project has reached more than 4,300 library staff, instilling the skills and confidence to be intentional in incorporating strategies into storytime to make a positive impact on the development of early literacy skills in young children. This amazing and impactful project was made possible through funding from OCLC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supercharged Storytimes, launched as a pilot in 2014 and continued with a follow-on grant that wrapped up in April 2019. While the project has concluded, a powerful set of free resources... Read more
Free May Webinars for Library Staff
Before the rush of summer arrives, take advantage of the learning opportunities made available through these webinars. Whether you're a library director or a circulation assistant, there's something here for everyone. Invite a colleague to join you in learning, and see what you can do together to apply your learning to the important work you're bringing to your community. With a long list of 87 webinars, covering 21 topic areas, it's good to remember that many of the sessions are recorded, so you can return to other topics later. This list is collected by the Wyoming State Library and updated... Read more
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11 June 2019
This webinar presents tools, methodologies and strategies that can be used to gather input and uncover the heart and aspirations of your community.
11 July 2019
Part one in a two-part series, this webinar explores intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality in practical, actionable ways.
08 August 2019
Part two in a two-part series, this webinar explores library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality.
27 August 2019
In this webinar, learn the steps for creating a successful technology plan for your library.