Posted on February 29th, 2012 No comments
Is your library underfunded and understaffed? Read Marsh students take back their library (Preston Hollow Advocate, 24 Feb 2012) and watch this video to get inspired by the steps librarian Mary Virginia Meeks took to engage their patrons, raise money for renovations, and increase circulation.
Like so many other libraries, the Marsh Middle School in Preston Hollow (TX) has seen its funding cut by about 20% over the past few years. Despite that, in fall 2010 the library received a much-needed renovation through a grassroots fundraising effort that put the students to work.
- In April, Meeks held a read-a-thon during which students camped out in the library for six hours to read books in exchange for pledges. They raised more than $1,700.
- … 40 students worked two-hour shifts, cleaning, painting and re-organizing, and in return, their library fines were waived. After that, the vision for a more active and inviting library for students, many of whom come from low-income families, took off …
- The money raised at the read-a-thon paid for comfy couches and chairs. The PTA provided paint and fabric. Marsh corporate sponsor Fidelity Investments constructed a new bar in the center of the library called the Tech Café where students can use school-issued laptops and drink hot cocoa for 25 cents a cup.
- Circulation has jumped by at least 150 percent from two years ago, and traffic has skyrocketed with about 260 students using the library each day.
Posted on August 31st, 2011 No comments
Plan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones. Each one can be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.
- Weed ‘Em and Weep! Hoarding is not Collection Development
Friday September 2, 10 – 11:30am
“We all know that collection development is important. How do we let go of our emotional attachments and clean up our collections so that they serve our communities better? We may think about selection and acquiring, but the flip side of that is weeding out the items that no longer work for us. This program will help you articulate your library’s purpose and make your collection reflect that through good weeding techniques. We will also provide tips for those who have trouble letting go. ”
Provided by: Outagamie Waupaca Library System
- Writing for the Web: Today’s Best Practices
Wednesday September 7, 2 – 3 pm
“Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers THEIR way. Takeaways include stay “need to know”; KISSS (keep it short, simple, and scannable); use links strategically, and write for Search Engine Optimization.”
Provided by: Nonprofit Webinars
- Playing By The Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
Thursday September 8, 1 – 2 pm
“When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this VolunteerMatch webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.”
Provided by: VolunteerMatch
- eBook Explosion!
Tuesday September 13, 10 – 11am [lots more dates & times]
“This is the year of the eBook, and mobile devices, mobile apps and Kindle are hot. We’ll showcase all the latest OverDrive features, services, and materials to help your library successfully navigate eBook lending.”
Provided by: OverDrive
- An Introduction to Using Twitter for Your Non-Profit
Tuesday September 13, Noon – 1pm
“For nonprofits, the power of Twitter offers an opportunity to reach more people, engage influential advocates, and increase online donations.” Presenter John Haydon will explain the benefits of using Twitter as part of your online strategy. Participants will be doing real-time tweeting, and retweeting. Webinar outline includes: what is Twitter?; how can I get started with Twitter?; why should my non-profit use Twitter?; and what are the three things I should always be doing on Twitter?
Provided by: CharityHowTo.com
- Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read @ Your School, Public, and Academic Library
Tuesday, September 13, 1 – 2pm
To register, send an email to Angela Maycock email@example.com with your name and institution address
Provided by: The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association
- The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit
Tuesday September 13, 1 – 2pm
“New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.”
Provided by: VolunteerMatch
- 2011 OverDrive Experience
Tuesday September 13, 2 – 3pm [lots more dates & times]
“2011 is all about a fresh experience for digital users … smarter Help, faster searches, expanded collections, and simplified choices. Learn how you can guide excited users to a successful experience.”
Provided by OverDrive
- Libraries in a Post-Print World
Presenters: Joan Frye Williams and George Needham
Tuesday September 13, 2 – 3 pm
Click here to attend; no registration needed
“What does the library without books look like? We can argue all day about whether or not printed books will eventually become obsolete. Or we can wonder how libraries and librarians will continue to serve their communities if they do. It’s no small feat to change an existing brand, and the library brand has always been “books.” Library shelves may not be devoid of paper any time soon, but if alternative reading formats continue to be adopted at current rates, we’ll need to realign and rebrand our services or risk going the way of the dodo. This is not a webinar about how to add eBooks to your collection; this is a webinar about how to re-imagine and articulate the importance of what we can do in our communities.”
Provided by: Infopeople
- Book Repair Basics for Libraries
Wednesday September 14, 1 – 2:30pm
No registration required; click here and select “Enter as a guest” at 12:30pm the day of the webinar
“Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be covered. Techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video. Links to other resources will be provided.”
Provided by Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
- Books for Boys
Thursday September 15, 2 – 3:15pm
“Non-readers, despite their gender, get left behind in life. Low literacy contributes to drop out rates, crime rates, and increased chances for incarceration. This is especially true for boys, who are already less likely to graduate from high school, based on trend reports from the National Council on Education Statistics. What can librarians and educators do to help turn these boys who avoid books into readers?”
Provided by School Library Journal
- Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits
Monday September 19, Noon – 1:30pm
“Based upon the soon-to-be-released book Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits, this webinar begins with defining Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 communications and fundraising, and then quickly moves on to a discussion about the importance of integrating the tools from each era in order to maximize your nonprofit’s Return on Investment (ROI) from utilizing social media and mobile technology. The webinar closes with a brief conversation about what’s next in nonprofit communications and fundraising and the importance of early adoption.”
Provided by Nonprofit Tech 2.0
- Innovations from America’s Best Small Libraries 2011
Tuesday September 20, 2 – 3pm
An hour of innovative and practical inspiration from three of America’s best small libraries, finalists in the 2011 Best Small Library in America Award. “This year’s winner, Naturita Community Library (CO), serves a population of only 2,100 with technology, distance education, and programming supporting all the community’s lifelong learning needs. The Ames Free Library (North Easton, MA) bridges the computing gap with a nimble thin-client network, wireless access, and laptops for patron use, along with Computer Tutors who help bring patrons to the next level. Page Public Library (AZ) offers almost daily programs for patrons across the age spectrum and addresses patron technology needs including equipment to access distance learning.”
Provided by: WebJunction
- Become an Expert Google Searcher in an Hour
Wednesday September 28, Noon – 1pm
“Do you use Google every day? Mastering Google’s powerful search refinement operators and lesser known features could, over a year’s time, save you days scouring over irrelevant results. Learn how you too can become an expert Google searcher and extract invaluable data with laser-like accuracy and extreme efficiency.”
Provided by: O’Reilly
- Weed ‘Em and Weep! Hoarding is not Collection Development
Posted on August 31st, 2010 No comments
In response to Katie Bunn’s question on the Publib discussion list about volunteers doing shelf-reading, Sandra Collins shared info on how the volunteer program works at the Northland Public Library in Pittsburgh, PA:
Northland’s program is called Adopt-a-Row -
We have volunteers adopt a specific range of shelves to shelf read and straighten on a weekly basis -
They choose or are assigned the area for which they will be responsible. They are not assigned a specific day or time – they just need to make a commitment to a weekly visit.
The volunteers are trained by the staff members who supervise our paid shelving staff.
Some volunteers do it in a favorite subject or genre area- but a good portion of the volunteers are high school students who are required to do community service.
Posted on June 8th, 2010 No comments
Many libraries rely on volunteers, and the article “For Our Next (Charitable) Trick, We’ll Need a Volunteer” includes these helpful tips to make volunteer experiences successful for everyone involved:
• Create job descriptions for each volunteer role.
• Offer training for volunteers.
• Provide volunteers with the equipment needed to complete the tasks.
• Outline communication policies and expectations.
• Design processes for addressing tardiness, performance issues, poorly matched skills and needs, and other site-specific issues.
• Establish policies about acceptable behavior with clients and constituents that will protect and support both populations.
• Develop a volunteer review policy and provide volunteers with information (in writing) about their performance.
• Ask volunteers for feedback and develop better programs based on that information.
• Set a length of service and renewal options for both the volunteer and the organization.
• Recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the volunteers.
Article citation: “For Our Next (Charitable) Trick, We’ll Need a Volunteer” by Cecilia Hogan; Searcher; June 2010, pp. 22-27 (available full text in MasterFILE Premier through BadgerLink)
Photo credit: got80
Posted on June 11th, 2009 No comments
One of the goals of the government’s new Service Initiative is to empower Americans to participate in the economic recovery by supporting education and literacy for all Americans.
[source: Service Initiative]