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Next Chapter: Partnering with Local Jails to Decrease Recidivism

April 14, 2021

Join Chelsea Kovalevskiy as she describes the Next Chapter Program—a partnership between the Dade County branch of the Cherokee Regional Library and the Dade County Jail. Learn how your library can utilize this program, or create your own, to make a life-changing impact to one of the most vulnerable populations within your community.

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Building News Literacy: Supporting Tweens and Teens in Developing News Literacy Skills 

April 21, 2021

Join Tom Bober, school librarian and 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, to gain an understanding of tweens’ and teens’ news literacy realities. Librarians of all kinds will leave the webinar with a practical set of simple terms, resources, and approaches librarians can support their news literacy growth.

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Passive Programming that Pulls them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas 

May 12, 2021

Join Paula Willey and Andria Amaral, authors of The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers Off the Sidelines, to turn your high concept goals into inclusive reality with practical examples of passive programming that works, taking a problem-solving approach to space, time, and money limitations - including how to create interactive programming when the doors to the library are locked. 

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The "Marketing Funnel" Approach to Customer Engagement  

May 19, 2021

Join Cordelia Anderson, APR, to learn about the traditional concept of the “marketing funnel” to look at the ways that libraries get, keep, and sometimes lose customers. Learn about the stages of the funnel, the ways that customers move through the funnel, and some of the “holes” that cause us to lose customers along the way. Discover strategies to close these holes and increase customer engagement for your library, making your marketing more effective. 

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Stop Hiring Bad Bosses: How to Strengthen your Management Recruitment Strategies 

June 23, 2021

Join Elaina Norlin, author of Six Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement, to learn how to identify common recruitment mistakes, create "leadership vision statements" that will provide focus and clarity to support long-term strategic planning, and how to align these vision statements with candidate interview questions. 

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Training Student Workers in the Library

One of the earliest uses of Niche Academy at an academic library was a tutorial for student employees at Utah State University training them in safety...

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How The Library of Michigan Created and Deployed a Statewide Professional Development Program Start to Finish in Just 3 Weeks

Niche Academy helps libraries train staff more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Get access to thousands of videos and tutorials from a global...

Library Marketing The Future of Libraries

How Suffolk Public library increased e-Resource Circulations by 70% In 1 Year

Since 2014, Niche Academy has been helping libraries all over the world dramatically increase their eResource circulation, with many seeing growth of ...

Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Navigating Screens

Originally presented May 13, 2020 Many library professionals feel overwhelmed by the fast pace of media development and unprepared to advise parents a...

Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Reopening Lives with the Library

Originally presented May 6, 2020 As libraries look towards reopening, many of us are anticipating a surge of patrons with questions about unemployment...

Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Building Confidence in Digital Resources

Originally presented January 17, 2020 In this free 45-minute webinar Jared Oates, COO of Niche Academy, explains the features and benefits of Niche Ac...

New Features

Introduction to sequence

This week, we’ve released the first steps in a project we call “Sequence”. Our vision for Sequence is a light and easy-to-use authoring tool.  Here is...

Library Education The Future of Libraries

Information Literacy Perceptions Survey Results

Summary Over the last 2 decades, academic libraries have experienced dramatic transformations. The need for some services that were once essential to ...

The Future of Libraries

Library Education Perceptions Survey

Many thoughtful and well informed people have proposed new visions and ways forward for libraries in the dramatically altered information landscape of...

Academy Champions

Niche Academy Teams Up with Pressreader

We have a new agreement with PressReader that we're pretty happy about.

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Of Fads and Fundamentals

Last month's Library Journal highlighted a little library that could: the Fairmont Community Library Center, a branch of the Mississippi Valley Librar...

Library Education

The Case For Local Online Tutorials

Large groups of people in many parts of the world feel threatened and disoriented by global economic changes that are hard to interpret and even harde...

Library Marketing

3 Fixes for The Most Common Library Marketing Mistakes

Marketing, in the library world, is how we communicate our value to the people we serve. With effective marketing, we help potential users understand ...

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Library UX: 3 Rules for A Beautiful Website On Any Budget

Most of the patrons using the computers in your library and everyone who is connecting from outside the library will interact with your website. Given...

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3 Common Mistakes in Working With Homeless Patrons

If you work regularly with homeless patrons, you've likely encountered uncomfortable situations where communication seems to fail despite your best ef...