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Originally presented May 12, 2021

Passive programming is so much more dynamic than the name might lead you to believe! It is a budget-friendly way to make every library user feel seen, welcomed and important – without putting pressure on their stretched schedules or overloaded attention spans. It works its gentle magic by soliciting opinions, fostering creativity, encouraging humor, and establishing a library community defined by engagement and empathy.

Paula Willey and Andria Amaral, authors of The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers Off the Sidelines, show how 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. 

Whether you are a programming novice or pro, Paula and Andria give you the tools you need to make your library more engaging and inclusive. Librarians of all kinds will leave the webinar with a functional set of passive programming skills that can be adapted to their own ideas, resources, needs, and community. They will be able to demonstrate the emotional, educational, or skill-building aspects, and will learn how to leverage passive programming to inform additional programming and collection decisions.

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Passive Programming Slides

Julie Edwards

Julie Edwards is a librarian and instructional designer with Niche Academy. She has worked in academic and public libraries with a focus on reference, instruction, outreach, and programming. She has authored/edited two books, has written numerous academic and professional articles, and has presented nationally and internationally on issues in librarianship. In 2017-2019 she taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana as a Fulbright Fellow. She's passionate about helping libraries build community and individual assets.

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