I find that if I don’t read professional journals like Public Libraries when they are hot off the press then they just end up in a pile of “to read/ to do.” I’m enjoying this issue of Public Libraries, Sept/Oct on a brisk October morning while drinking a cup of coffee.
I wanted to bring your attention to the PLA Awards and Grants article posted in this issue, which include 10 different opportunities, including a grant to a library to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. What a great way to pump up your collection and programming. Nominations are due Dec. 11.
Are you a PLA member (or willing to join, if accepted) with at least 5 years of work experience — of increasing responsibility — in public libraries? Apply today to participate in PLA’s Spring 2019 Leadership Academy, taking place Mar. 25-29 in Chicago, Ill. The application deadline is less than a week away! Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 22.
Yay! The trailer for the upcoming library documentary, Free For All, is now available. The project will be completed in 2019.
Free for All is a multi-platform documentary project exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library. With public libraries around the nation facing drastic budget cuts and even closures, Free for All investigates why so many Americans love their libraries and assesses the high stakes for democracy if public libraries become extinct. (Source: https://freeforallfilms.org/)
The filmmakers encourage you to share the trailer on social media using the hashtag #freeforallfilm.
I have a new graphic for the blog. I’d like to thank Jill Fuller from the Bridges Library System for creating this graphic. It will be used on the Wisconsin Library Association‘s web site to direct people to this blog, Diary of a Library Liaison.
Webinar title: Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections: How to Develop a Photovoice Project (Register)
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Photovoice is a type of participatory research methodology designed to empower participants through photography and the power of storytelling in small group settings. In 2013, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) partnered with a local organization to start collecting stories from refugees and political asylum seekers about their lives in Chicago. Through photovoice, the participants got connected to their new home town by taking pictures of their daily lives, and in small group settings, they got connected to CPL and to others who have also experienced forced migration. Participants gained broader connections to other Chicagoans through the resulting exhibit and its opening event. This webinar will introduce the project and its methodology, and will help attendees begin to design their own photovoice project.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:
Understand and define photovoice, a methodology used world-wide to empower and advocate for social change;
Increase awareness of potential partnerships with local organizations, particularly those involved in social justice work; and
Gain a roadmap for starting a similar project, including steps for recruiting participants, running photovoice sessions, preparing participants for the exhibit opening, and developing and marketing the exhibit.
Who Should Attend
This webinar is open to everyone interested in exploring issues around programming, outreach, and/or community partnerships. It will be particularly relevant to those with an interest in services for marginalized communities or the role of visual art and storytelling in public libraries.
THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.
How to Register
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When I approached the microphone following a PLA Conference session on making your library more accessible, I never thought what I would have to say would actually have an impact.
The session on accessibility that I attended at PLA was very thorough and talked about how a library has made their space and programs more accessible to users. I was glad to see at least one session on this topic at PLA, but I think there should be more. Nineteen percent of the US population has a disability and our nation is aging with 10,000 people turning 65 every day. Based on the number of attendees at this session, it is clearly a topic people are interested in.
Back to what I said at the microphone. During the Q&A period, I went up to the mic and thanked the presenters for providing the session’s content and then I let everyone know about this amazing conference called the ADA Symposium that is offered every year, with it being hosted in Pittsburgh this June. I shared how I was the only librarian at the ADA Symposium in 2017 and I thought more of us should be there.
Three months later…
I’m in line at a Downtown Pittsburgh hotel waiting to check into my hotel room for the ADA Symposium. I’m telling someone in line that I’m a librarian and it’s my second time attending the conference. And then this person says, “Were you at PLA?” And I said, “Yes…” You will recall that in 2017, I was the only librarian at this conference of 850 attendees. She goes on to say that she saw me at PLA and that I inspired her to attend the ADA Symposium. She also brought her colleague along! What was once a conference with just one librarian, there were now three.
I took this picture of Sarah (below) who is the librarian that saw me get up to the mic in Philadelphia at PLA and was now next to me in Pittsburgh for the ADA Symposium. Sarah, you inspired me to write about this and the importance of sharing information and knowledge.
I’m so glad Sarah was there and I hope to see more librarians at the ADA Symposium in the future. Mark your calendars for June 16-19, 2019 in Grapevine – Dallas, TX. More more information, visit http://www.adasymposium.org.
Sarah, Northbrook Public Library (IL), at ADA Symposium in Pittsburgh