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

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

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Information Literacy Perceptions Survey Results

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

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Of Fads and Fundamentals

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What Your Homeless Patrons Can Do For You

The common mode, especially in large urban public libraries, is to speak of the challenges presented by our homeless patrons. They make other patrons ...

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How effective is your staff training for addressing homeless issues?

The issues surrounding homelessness present a poignant set of challenges and opportunities for public libraries. In the abstract, libraries have a cor...

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What one thing did Andrew Carnegie know that will save libraries today?

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-born immigrant who became one of the

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The Future of Public Libraries

I must be feeling bold this morning because I’m about to predict the future of public libraries. Here goes:  Libraries of the future will become first...

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5 Myths About Library Relevance

At this point, those of us in the library world are familiar with many myths about the relevance of libraries in a digital world. Among politicians an...