The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities. Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities.
EveryoneOn.org is a national three-year media campaign—currently underway—to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy. The campaign’s mission is to promote the personal relevance of computer and high-speed Internet use among non-users, and to connect them with free digital literacy training. It is likely that, in many cases, this training will be provided through school and public libraries. In Year One, the National Ad Council campaign will focus on the call to action: "Find free training near you!" It will direct customers to call, text, or visit a Website with a directory of sites where they can receive one-on-one instruction and/or classes.
Many Nebraska libraries have been pre-filled into this directory.
This edition of NCompass Live will:
- Explore the EveryoneOn campaign tools.
- Demonstrate how to ensure that your directory entry is correct.
- Help identify resources so that Nebraska libraries can be the Go-to-Place for digital literacy training in their community.
Strategic planning should be an opportunity for the whole organization to learn from itself (and others) about its choices, to develop a stronger consensus, and to cultivate increased engagement among its various stakeholders. However, it is often left in the hands of a small group of senior managers. How can you involve more of the organization, effectively and efficiently, in creating or revising your plans?
The starting point for engagement is a carefully designed strategic planning retreat. There are various choices you can make in preparing for an effective retreat. These choices can be implemented using various structural tools so that the meeting is productive and contributes to a strategic planning process that yields plans that all understand and are aligned to implement. Rick and Sam will share examples and tools for working on strategic planning with groups from 12 to 200 in size.
- The critical role of engagement in a strategic planning process.
- How to determine which meeting tools are right for your situation.
- How to use these tools.
In this webcast, we'll look at the life-cycle of a Drupal development project through the lens of Hollywood storytelling. Learn how to deliver successful projects that are on time, on budget, and meet customer expectations through a comparison of how the narrative structure of various films compares to different process models for site development. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of how to approach your next Web development project, but you’ll also gain a greater appreciation for the life lessons taught by some of your favorite Hollywood films.
This webcast will cover:
Managing Audience Expectations
The Structure of Storytelling
- The Three Act Web Development Cycle
- The Agile Process
- Elements of a Successful Open Source Web Platform
The term “strategic planning” gets attached to a wide range of nonprofit planning—for programs and services, budgeting, communications, information technology, etc. But these address very different kinds of issues, and should involve different participants, processes, tools, and products. We’ll look at the various kinds of planning needed by a nonprofit, see how they can intersect with and reinforce each other, and consider an approach that is more strategic, more effective, and less stressful.
- How to think about planning comprehensively.
- Why strategic, business and program planning are best kept separate.
- How to differentiate different planning needs, and how to integrate their results.
- Some effective planning tools.
Planning gives a library greater depth of understanding of the community it serves, goals to work toward, and a path to follow. Since libraries and their communities are all unique, every library’s plan is custom designed. Eric Green, Denise Harders, Sharon Osenga, and Sarah Warneke, Nebraska Regional Library System directors, and Laura Johnson from the Nebraska Library Commission will discuss the importance of planning and introduce a new program they will be offering to libraries to make the vital activity of planning simpler and more immediate.
- Want to start programming but don’t know where to start?
- Need help on providing quality programs on a limited budget?
This webinar will introduce the beginning program coordinator to the basic tools necessary to plan, implement and evaluate successful library programs for adult programming on a budget. From book discussions and author visits to craft programs and film screenings, this webinar is designed to help public librarians create programming that underscore the role of the public library as an important cultural, recreational and educational institution in the community.
This webinar will provide participants with ideas and samples of programs they can bring to their own library. A step-by step process and details including getting started, program types and associated costs, resources for low cost programs, and marketing and evaluating programs.
We all know that planning is important, but the nature of technology can make planning for it especially daunting. How do you decide what technology services to include in your plans? How do you know what your community wants and needs? How do you plan for an unknown future? And once you have created a plan, how do you move beyond the document to the implementation?
Join us on May 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, as we talk about technology planning in libraries with special guest Alexis Caudell, director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Mitchell, Indiana - a busy small-town library, serving a population of 12,009 across three rural townships.
Successful technology implementation requires time, attention, planning, money, and training. Alexis focuses on thinking ahead, pursuing grants, and making people a priority - including both staff members who need training and community members whose needs are the driving force. We look forward to learning from Alexis as she shares her experiences and ideas in this session.
No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.
- Why metrics are critical to management, mission, sustainability and funding
- How to use different kinds of data (trends, norms, and performance)
- The difference between outputs and outcomes
- Different ways to report metrics
Hear from school administrators about how to work with them to make the library central to the school’s strategic direction–help shape the school’s future to better serve our kids, make a mark that matters, and get noticed for it.
Takeaway: 10 Ways to Connect to Your Administrators