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Visibility and the Common Core: Advocating for Your Library

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 5:00pm


Despite their controversial roll out, the Common Core standards continue to have an impact on our schools. During this time of transition, school librarians are integral to supporting teachers, students and administrators as they struggle with the changes brought on by the implementation of the Common Core. Presenters, Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, Library Journal 2013 Movers and Shakers, will briefly cover the new standards with a main focus on the opportunities they provide for school librarians to advocate for their library programs. The presenters will also acknowledge the controversy that surrounds the Common Core standards, examining all sides of the educational debate.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 2:00pm

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
What You'll Learn:
  1. What social media is and why it matters
  2. How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  3. The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools
  4. Where to go to get resources and help


Readers’ Advisory: How Do You Measure Up?

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 2:00pm

Be among the first to hear what we learned about readers’ advisory services in public libraries during a recent survey featured in the February 1 issue of Library Journal. Developed in conjunction with NoveList and the RUSA/CODES Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee, we sought answers to a variety of questions, including:

• Is RA here to stay, or is its value declining?
• Does every library in the country (other than yours) have a fully staffed readers’ advisory department?
• What digital strategies are libraries using to suggest books to readers?

Join us for an engaging discussion where our panelists will share their reactions to the survey results, offering insights about what it all means for you and the readers in your community. Whether you believe that bringing books and readers together is at the heart of what libraries do, or you wonder just how important this work really is — you will not want to miss this exclusive event.

Library Surveys for Success

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 2:00pm

Surveys are often the tool of choice when you want to determine how to meet the needs of your community or measure your library’s impact. But do you know how to use the tool effectively? Choosing the right survey style for the situation and knowing which question type will elicit the best responses are critical elements for gathering meaningful information. Learn how to conduct an effective survey that can be used to make, measure, and meet your library’s goals. The results may just surprise you. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Understand why and how to conduct a survey
  • Describe the key elements of an effective library survey
  • Discuss the pros and cons of different survey styles
  • Identify 5 main question types and when to use each of them

Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 2:00pm


Young adults form a constantly changing population in today’s libraries, and what was hot can turn ice-cold fast. Whether your current collection needs refreshing or you’re working to create a new separate collection for teens, Simmons College associate professor Amy Pattee will have some useful tips for you. Join us for this free, hour-long webinar based on Pattee’s book Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults for Scarecrow Press’s new library science line. Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor at Booklist.


Monday, 3 February 2014 8:00pm


If you could change one thing about your school, what would you do? A student-centered, inquiry-based, Genius Hour-inspired learning WIN for your students that you won't want to miss.

Passive Programming for Tweens and Teens - Online


Engage young patrons who hang out at your library with programs that run themselves. Rachelle McPhillips, from Columbus Public Library, shares several ideas libraries can adapt to year-round programming. These passive programs are great for libraries that have a thriving young adult program as well as those that are looking to reach out to tweens and teens but have limited time and money.