Ideas to Make Your Library Shine

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40 Ways to Listen to Audiobooks Even if You Don’t Commute

ImageWant to increase circulation of your library's audiobooks? 

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Sez article author Rachel Smalter Hall:

Although I used to listen to audiobooks only if I had long stretches of time to fill, now I power one up even if I’m just standing in line at the post office. I’ve usually already got one in my back pocket anyway, thanks to my cell phone. Those stolen minutes add up, and before I know it I’ve squeezed in an extra book or two from my To-Be-Read pile. (And as a bonus, I’m not as cranky in that 20-minute post office line.)

Did they miss your favorite way to listen to audiobooks?

photo credit: Orange_Beard via photopin cc

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Apply for a Banned Books Week Grant

ImageApply now for a Banned Books Week Grant:

Amount of grant: $1000 and/or $2500
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Application form and details

Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of "Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 21–27, 2014).

A Banned Books Week Read-Out is an event at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, in order to celebrate the freedom to read.

A total of 28 grants have been given to date to support a wide variety of engaging, provocative, and fun events celebrating the freedom to read. Check out photos and videos from last year's events. Photos from all 28 projects at are available on FTRF's Facebook page and Flickr stream; more information about all the funded events can be found at www.ftrf.org/?Krug_BBW.

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Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants
Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant applications are open through April 30

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Attend These Free Webinars in April

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Get Your Free Copy of Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World

ImageDavid Lankes has made his book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World available for free download -- get your copy here. You can have it in any of these formats; choose the one that best fits your reading style:

  • For Kindles (MOBI format)
  • For Nook and Sony Readers (ePub format)
  • For iPads and Macs (iBooks format)
  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word

Why is David Lankes giving away a book that's already sold thousands of copies?  He explains, "By making the digital version of the book freely available it is hoped that more librarians can use the book to engage their boards, principals, and provosts in a constructive conversation about the future of their libraries." Watch this 1-minute video introduction to the book:Lankes says,

... to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks and mortar, and beyond books and literature. We need to expect more out of our libraries. They should be places of learning and advocates for our communities in terms of privacy, intellectual property, and economic development. Expect More is a rallying call to communities to raise the bar, and their expectations, for great libraries.

And scroll down the book page to see the full set of videos that accompany the book:

  • The Mission of Libraries: Expect More Than Books
  • Introduction to the Justification of Libraries
  • Library as Collective Buying Agent
  • Library as Economic Stimulus
  • Library as Center of Learning
  • Library as Safety Net
  • Library as Steward of Cultural Heritage
  • Library as Cradle of Democracy
  • Library as Symbol of Community Aspirations

Hat tip to Stephen Abram.

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Early Childhood Reading Grant: Apply Now

ImageYou have now through April 30th to apply for a $2000 Early Childhood Reading Grant from Target.

Get details here, and start the grant application process here.

This Target grant supports programs like library storytimes and family reading nights.

If funded, your programs will need to take place between September 2014 and August 2015.

Note: to be eligible, your library needs to be within 100 miles of a Target store.  Use the Find a Store page to enter your zip code or view this list to find the store nearest to you.

Photo credit: Ned Horton via Stock.xchng

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Attend These Free Webinars in March

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Big Talk From Small Libraries: Free 1-Day Online Conference

ImageBig Talk From Small Libraries 2014 is a free one-day online conference you won't want to miss!
Friday February 28, 2014
8:45am - 5pm CST (attend one or all of the webinar sessions)
register here

This is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of the speakers will be from a small library or directly works with small libraries.

The schedule of sessions will be posted here as soon as it's finalized. The schedule is now available here.

Here are the sessions that are planned so far:

How to Stretch a Small Budget – Consider Buying Used Books
Eric Palo, Library Director, Renton Technical College
Significant savings can be had by sometimes purchasing used books instead of new for your library.  Think about it – a standard used book is in the same condition as one already on your shelf that has been checked out once or twice.  Purchasing used books also usually gets the books to you faster. Hear some practical tips on how to do it, and what to look out for, from a librarian who spends thousands of dollars every year on used books.

How to Make Money on the Internet For Your Library
Mary Rayme, Director, Pioneer Memorial Public Library
Learn how to make money for your library by selling books on Amazon, using PayPal, writing book reviews online, and monetizing a blog. Using the Internet and social media, this is a quick guide to get started raising cash in cyberspace.

Be Novel!: Fresh, Fearless, & Affordable Library Programming
Sharlene Edwards, Program Director, Bradley Public Library
There is no avoiding it: the library landscape has been changing. We are dealing with slashed budgets and insufficient staffing while attempting to meet an increased need for innovative library programming. As librarians from small libraries, we may be reluctant to shake things up with new ideas because of the high price of failure. So how do we stay relevant in the 21st century? This presentation is a how-to guide for utilizing local resources, establishing valuable community partnerships, and decreasing costs while increasing participation in fresh, fearless, and affordable library programming.

Character Quest: Book Club for Struggling and Reluctant Readers
Hope Decker, Director, Cohocton Public Library
Partnering with the local elementary school, the Cohocton Public Library created a dynamic, fun, hands-on program for struggling and reluctant readers ages 6 to 10 years old.  Readers were engaged and enthusiastic. Character Quest was based on graphic novels that a variety of ages and reading abilities would enjoy.  The cornerstone was the hands-on activities that the Library developed to accompany the books. The goal was to have positive reading experiences and to get struggling readers hooked on a book series. An overview of the program, suggestions on community partnerships, and the 4 week plan will be given.

How to Start a Great Teen Advisory Board
Danielle Rasmussen, Director, Garland Public Library
How do you get teens interested in coming to the library? Get them involved!! I will talk about how we started out Teen Advisory Board and some fun idea’s to keep it going strong.

Motivating Library Employees in Tough Times
Samantha Hines, Head Librarian, Missoula College Library @ the University of Montana
Doing more and more with less and with raises hard to be found, libraries may find their employees stuck in a thankless position, at least as we see traditional forms of thanks in the workplace. I will look at some of the current thinking on how to motivate employees in the workplace, including Daniel Pink’s recent book, Drive, and translate them to a library audience. Attendees from any type of library will learn ways to make their employees feel more appreciated, from the volunteer to the manager to the board (or even how to motivate yourself!)

Resourceful Library Programming
Sharlene Edwards, Program Director, Bradley Public Library
There is no avoiding it: the library landscape has been changing. We are dealing with slashed budgets and insufficient staffing while attempting to meet an increased need for innovative library programming. As librarians from small libraries, we may be reluctant to shake things up with new ideas because of the high price of failure. So how do we stay relevant in the 21st century? This presentation is a how-to guide for utilizing local resources, establishing valuable community partnerships, and decreasing costs while increasing participation in fresh, fearless, and affordable library programming.

The People’s Library: Rebuilding the Collections of One Rural Library in the Ozarks
Rachel Reynolds Luster, Librarian, Myrtle Library
Four months ago, I took the position as the librarian for the Myrtle Library, a small rural outpost library of our county’s system in the southern Missouri Ozarks. Shortly after starting a reporter called me requesting an interview and the trajectory of my efforts to rebuild our collections was forever changed. Now with two NPR stories about our little library under my belt, I have had the privilege of receiving hundreds of calls and emails from around the country from people sharing their library stories, visitors wanting to tour our small one-room library and donations from local residents, book lovers across the world, and other libraries. Our 632 sq ft. library has become a people’s library reflecting not only the materials that local patrons want and need but also has been shaped by the perceptions of urban dwellers of what our rural library needs. I wish to speak about these experiences and how this has shaped the contents of our library and how it is used.

You Can Have The Coolest Library Cards in Your State… For Free!
Bob Jones, Milton-Freewater Public Library
Really cool, high tech library cards are expensive, but even a tiny library can look Big Time with cards that feature impressive graphics, barcodes, magnetic stripes, and whatever else you want.  Best of all, you can do it fore free, or very close to it.  My library was the first in eastern Oregon (maybe in the whole state) to have card-and-keytag sets, way back in 1994.  To day our patrons get a card and two keytags, with identical barcodes, and all it costs us is a little staff time.  Find out how you can do it, too!

Non-Literary Collections – Why?
Natalie Bazan, Library Director, Hopkins District Library and Dorr Township Library
Why would I want to let patrons check out knitting needles?  What would those cookie cutters do for me?  Let me tell you how it has increased our non-fiction circulation, spawned new programs, and helped get our community excited about the library!

Moving Local History Online with Open Source Software
John Sarnowski, Director, The ResCarta Foundation and Laura Kayakan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
The ResCarta Foundation has been assisting libraries in Wisconsin to collect, index and display culturally important local materials. We call them ScanDays. The foundation provides scanning equipment, digital cameras, software and training. The local library provides marketing, the space to hold the event and volunteers to man the scanners. In a single day hundreds of local photographs, pamphlets, audio tapes, and historical objects captured. One of the formats we cannot handle during a ScanDay is microfilm. Laura will tell you how the Door County Library has taken open source software and partnered with the county IT department to create and host the Door County Newspaper Archive, an online collection of newspapers printed in Door County between 1862 and 1941.

This conference is organized and hosted by Michael Sauers, Laura Johnson, and Christa Burns of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

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Photo source: previous building used by the Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston, WI

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