Posted in Uncategorized

Free For All Trailer

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.

 

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Diary of a PLA Liaison Graphic

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Diary of a PLA Liaison Graphic

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.

Posted in Inclusivity, Partnerships

Memory Minders

With the work I do with the Library Memory Project, I always have an eye out for things related to providing programs and services to those living with dementia and their care partners. Recently, Public Libraries Online featured an article titled Memory Minders: Meaningful Engagement for those Impacted by Dementia. Now I just need to take a field trip to Ramsey County Library (MN) to check these out myself!

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Source: Alzheimer’s Speaks
Posted in Web Resources

Free Webinar: Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Stylized images of pair of hands holding a still image camera

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Registration

Cost

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

REGISTER NOW! On the next screen you’ll click “Register” to continue the online registration process.

 

Posted in Accessibility, PLA Conference

You never know…

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

Posted in Uncategorized

ALA Connect

itts-ala-connect-logo-horizontal-webI recently looked into this new thing ALA is offering called ALA Connect. It’s an online community where you can discuss library topics within groups and networks. I filled out my profile yesterday and I was super excited to share that I was a member of three professional associations: American Library Association, Public Library Association, and the Wisconsin Library Association.

I am currently set to receive a daily email digest of posts from folks in various communities including ALA Members, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and PLA. For instance, one of the posts read: “Looking for keynote recommendations for 2019 state library conference.” This is a super sweet way to tap the collective brain. I much prefer this online community with a daily digest over a flood of listserv messages. Well done, ALA.  If you are an ALA member, be sure to “connect.”

Posted in Conference, Program

Appy Hour

internet-3113279_640I attended the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries conference in Pewaukee, WI May 2-4.

Appy Hour was a panel presentation with website extensions, websites, and app recommendations. Here’s the list I jotted down:

Website Extensions:

  • PrintFriendly Chrome Extension. Print without graphics (like ads).
  • Tab Resize – split-screen layout
  • FireShot – screenshot, like the Microsoft Snipping Tool

Websites:

  • Goo.gl – shortened URL and QR code generator
  • CamScanner.com – convert your photo into a PDF or JPG
  • JustFacts.com – media bias and fact check
  • Photofy.com – for creating social media
  • Skitch – adding highlights or arrows to images quickly
  • Litsy.com – reading log and timer. like Instagram but for books. Share quick quotes, pictures, and reviews
  • Instafreebie.com – free ebooks
  • TotalBooxcom – pay for only how much you read
  • Bookbub.com/BookRiot.com – ebook sales, book world news
  • BigOven.com – takes three ingredients and your leftovers and helps you put a meal together. (also an app)

Apps:

  • Leio – keep track of your reading progress and habits (leio.co)
  • BigOven – takes three ingredients and your leftovers and helps you put a meal together.
  • Paprika – paid app to organize your recipes, add to shopping list and sync across devices
  • Waze – social GPS. People can mark if there are accidents or slowdowns in real time.
  • GasBuddy – find and report the lowest prices for gas.
  • Dark Sky Weather – $3.99 one time fee. Totally worth it according to the presenter.
  • Kinsa – thermometer app
  • Lux Light Meter – measures brightness
  • Knitt – keeps track of rows
  • NY Times Crossword – free mini puzzle every day
  • CPR Tempo – provides beat for performing CPR
  • WhatsApp – texting service between phones and is a replacement for regular SMS text messages
  • Adobe Photoshop Express – simple photoshop editing
  • Propeller – inhaler monitor tracker for asthma and COPD. App is free, device is paid.
  • I Am Sober-Sobriety Counter – encourages you to stay sober
  • WattPad – writing of fanfic/original works. Teens love it. Upload content and get feedback on it