Georgia’s public libraries just completed a three-year statewide network upgrade. Over the course of the project, we learned what went right, what went not-so-right and what could have been avoided had we known better. Through it all, though, we can speak to the following when considering planning a broadband installation or upgrade.
Teens weren’t using the library before I came to work at PCPL. I changed that early on when I created outrageous programs that teens wanted to do. With the help of a Teen Advisory Board, my programs bring in upwards of 30 participants.
Pin it, like it, be my friend! Everybody’s keen about online diversions, and libraries excel at providing the cat’s pajamas. Meanwhile your stacks are so last meme. Don’t lose your physical collection within the digital divide. Get ready to present your debutante materials to the finest social media circles!
Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities that America is facing. Parents often turn to libraries for resources and information to help understand this terrifying disorder. The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System saw the need for support and resources in their area and used an LSTA grant to jumpstart the very first library based Autism Resource Center in Mississippi.
The National Library of Medicine provides several excellent consumer health resources. This session will explore and demonstrate MedlinePlus, SeniorHealth.gov and ClinicalTrials.gov. Participants will learn how to utilize these resources for reference questions. If wireless infrastructure allows, participants will have the opportunity to practice using these resources.
Our library digital signage fills a media gap. Nonprofits have a new (free) method for publicizing their events/services. The library community TV monitor displays flyers submitted by area nonprofits. We offer graphic design and software training as well as the software/ computers to create effective digital flyers.
To stay relevant, libraries are faced with the need to incorporate expensive digital content, such as eBooks, downloadable audios and streaming technologies. Learn about Northwest Arkansas / Arkansas River Valley consortium’s successful partnership to share costs for Overdrive services. Big things can happen when libraries of any size join together!
Are your employees currently doing what they should be doing? Creating job descriptions/functions for the position, not the employee in the position. Concept of doing more with the same staff; increase output with same FTEs. Will touch on partnerships and community connections to increase productivity and services.
As many library systems consolidate staff, librarians may find themselves covering two or more libraries. While it may seem like an overwhelming workload, having one head librarian for several small branches can bring a new level of consistency to your system and create opportunities for collaboration between libraries. Learn strategies for managing multiple libraries while remaining sane.
E-Rate underwent major changes in 2014, providing libraries with additional funding opportunities to upgrade library connectivity and infrastructure. By focusing on the additional E-Rate money, this session will provide general guidance on how to take advantage of increased funds and ensure that your library is planning to get your share.
Over the last few years we have rearranged our library to be more user friendly and invite more check outs. We have revamped our Reference collection, Graphic Novels, Biographies, created an Oversize collection, and reshelved our Art and Architecture books to make them easier to browse. We also do more hands on displays to get patron attention. In our changing library world we have to change the way we think to get more people to walk out with an item in their hands!!!
This session will lok at the concept of fair use under copyright law, with a particular emphasis on how it affects libraries.
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to present your library statistics in a way that effectively communicates value. Learn quick and easy tips for visually displaying statistics that will enable you to tell a powerful story about your library in your board reports, flyers, displays, and more.
Come learn about the diverse issues of information policy from e-rate to ebooks with emphasis on the relevance to rural and small libraries. Representatives from ALA Washington will brief you on the issues and how policy advocacy works. How happens behind those closed doors?
Sandy Toro, IMLS, and I will present and discuss our efforts to bring contemporary science to rural communities via Informal STEM exhibits, and science-based programs. Our goals are to showcase our efforts with the hope that more rural libraries across the Nation will join in the concept with new ideas.
The Womb Literacy initiative at North Liberty Community Library is based on our belief it’s never too early to begin learning literacy skills. The concept is to encourage families to adopt reading habits before the baby is even born. Programs include a Stork Story Time and Read to the Bump.
The Story Room Family Literacy Program operates a learning-focused center at the CazCares Food pantry that provides early and adult literacy programs. It provides preschool learning through reading and play while parents access other services at CazCares. Adults who need high school equivalency or ESL are tutored there.
Kieran Hixon & Sharon Morris
Discover at least three ways to go from good enough to unexpectedly amazing. Look at the value of “Yes, and…” as it applies to policies and services at your library. Share and learn techniques for shifting your library culture to invigorate the relationship between your staff and your community.
Robin Kurz & Allie Stevens
How do we serve children and teens when staff resources are limited? The presenters will give attendees tips, templates, and examples for creating passive advisory and programming in staffed and unstaffed areas serving youth in small and rural libraries. Hands-on activities will focus on brainstorming ideas for attendees’ libraries.
Open the door to another world by providing hands-on science experiences for your community! Undertake hands-on NASA activities that are designed to engage children ages 8 to 13 and their families in the library environment and rely on inexpensive, fun materials. Receive NASA activity plans, resources, and partnership ideas.
This presentation will focus on managing employees in a small or medium library where relationships are often very close. The objective will be to give people a good strategy for dealing with the tough conversations that they may have to have with people who are friends, or maybe even family. The session will feature tips and tricks for managing performance and will allow attendees to share their own experiences and role play to practice some of the real world situations that they might encounter.
Kid-powered stealth (passive) programs are low-cost, low stress and high fun programs that stretch your time and budget and increase library use/ literacy support. Find out about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, check-out clubs, DIY and more in this lively session.
Edge is a nationally recognized suite of tools developed to help libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. Has your state enrolled in Edge? Have you wondered how it applies to your library? Join us for this hands-on workshop to learn how Edge specifically benefits small libraries.
The video game Minecraft is popular worldwide. Your library can do programming as a remote host for around $10 a month. It is simple to learn. I’ll show librarians the basics of setting up a Realms server, minimum requirements for computers, administrative game cheats, sample policies, and programming ideas.
Is your library’s Facebook page stuck in a rut? Are you looking for some new ways to engage your patrons? Jamie will talk about some
cool things other businesses are doing on Facebook and how they can be applied to libraries.
We are seeing an increase in the retiring baby boomers. They are looking for ideas for their newly acquired free time. Public libraries are developing new and different programs for these patrons. Libraries are using this to expand and evolve their identity in todays changing times.
We have successfully collaborated with our Parks and Recreation Department sharing staff, dual programming, and resources to even inviting them to move into our building! I would like share our journey, what decisions had to be made at the City level, how our dual programming works and marketed, and what we see in the future.
Does the thought of creating marketing materials for your library engender bliss as you imagine tinkering with design elements, anxiety as you contemplate the incomprehensible icons of your desktop design program, or fatigue as you consider your lengthy to-do list?
Library personnel worked with girls in our community to “dig” into their family tree. The objective of the project was to give girls a sense of their heritage and where they came from. Each girl kept a journal of information she located and decorated them like scrapbook. Then there was a end party to share this information with significant female(s) in their lives. I would present the program how-to’s and discuss the importance of genealogy with this section of the community.
Have you found yourself responsible for cataloging with no previous experience? Is “cataloger” only one of many hats you wear at your library? Attend this session to learn about free tools to make your life easier and get your library’s materials cataloged and in the hands of your patrons.
An interactive 2-hour work session. Hour 1: Attendees learn, review how to assess the myriad of local library populations to serve. Hour 2: Explore possibilities for collaboration WITH not for community to create, develop, maintain resources, services.
Data can help you tell engaging stories and make informed decisions for your library. In this session, you’ll discover readily available resources, easy-to-use tools, and simple techniques to use data to strengthen your library. IMLS staff will share practical tips to put the power of data in your hands.
A fresh approach for handling challenging library situations and difficult patrons.
Common shared challenges faced in libraries today
Work as a better team to solve difficult situations
Problem solving strategies that can be formatted to fit your library
Best practices presented in real life scenarios that make sense
Customer service is a vital part of all libraries, whether rural, small, urban, etc. Session participants will learn easy, efficient, and extremely simple ways to take their customer service to the next level. Learner participation, engagement, and common sense approaches will make this session both useful and practical.
Did you inherit a filing cabinet full of crumbling documents? Not sure what to do with “rare” books and photographs? Join us for an overview of archival best practices, and a discussion of how these materials can be used to show the value of your library and engage your community.
Join PLA for two sessions to learn about Project Outcome: helping libraries measure the outcomes of their patron-based services. The first session provides a project overview. The second session will provide an in-depth enrollment discussion. Attendance is not required for both, but maximum benefit will result by attending concurrent sessions.
Attract patrons to your library and help circulate your collection via fun, creative, inspiring and informative library programs for all ages! Librarian with 37 years experience will provide live demonstrations, photos, publicity tips, free handouts of proven win-win programs that utilize hidden talent and resources within everyone’s community.
Learn how you can form a library consortium with other small libraries yet still operate individually. Open up a wider variety of materials and resources for your patrons. The Northern Cache Library Consortium was created by four libraries that still maintain individual budgets and policies.
Morgan Sallee & Stacie Madkins
Do you feel like you don’t have any musical ability? Can’t carry a tune in a bucket? Feel like you have two left feet? The kids don’t care, and neither do we. Join Morgan Sallee and Stacie Madkins from Crowley Ridge Regional Library for a rockin’ good time and to learn some innovative, non-intimidating, inexpensive ways to incorporate more music and movement into your storytimes.
Sick of having slow, outdated computers that have to be manually updated once a week? Learn how the Campbell Library converted all their public access computers to Chromeboxes – a fast, easy, and affordable process. We will discuss how Chromeboxes save money for the library, protect patron privacy, and minimize staff maintenance time.
Do you suffer from information overload? Sometimes we push the boundaries of digital communication too far. Emails, webinars, listservs, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook can cause us to short circuit. Learn about your choices for dealing with digital information to increase efficiency and reduce stress (without getting overwhelmed by technical jargon).
Learn how to adapt genre systems to fit your community needs as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Presentation will include overview of “Dewey Lite” and Metis, how to adapt these systems to fit needs, and a full cost of the transition process. Process photos and time for discussion included.
Sue Walker & Cara Orban
Presenters will compile and share best practices for creating a maker culture from rural and small library staff in Montana and Idaho. Practices will focus on the following topics:
Attendees will have an opportunity to explore making tools and receive a compilation of findings.
Could your library use extra funding for a special project? Would you like to offer your community something more? Let’s take some of the mystery out of how the grants process works, guide you through the application process and give easy tools that could help make your application stand out.
I homeschooled for 10 years before becoming a librarian, and even I tend to shake in my boots when they come in the door. 🙂 Root issues of librarians’ negative perceptions of homeschoolers, identifying behaviors that enhance negative perceptions, developing proactive services and policies, building win-win relationships with homeschoolers.
Create an effective, relevant-to-your-library, volunteer management program.
Recruiting: Have a Plan!
Management: Adding Value
Matching: The Right Volunteer for the Right Job
Commitment: Volunteer Buy-in
Reality: Saying No or Goodbye to a Volunteer
Staff Buy-in: Integrating Volunteers into Your Organization
Enhancement and Expansion of Library Programs
Statistics: Tracking Volunteer Activity
Volunteer Management Resources: Free of Charge!
Many libraries are struggling with limited resources, but want to increase their impact on the community. At the same time, studies show that there is a growing number of ‘disconnected youth’ who are neither in school or working, especially in small and rural communities. Leveraging existing resources to provide college and career readiness services and resources is a great way that libraries can meet a real community need.