Posted in Conference, Early Literacy, School age, WAPL Conference

When in town, visit the library

We recently held our annual Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries conference in Rothschild, WI May 1-3.

One of the evening activities scheduled was to visit the Marathon County Public Library headquarters in Wausau, WI.

Julie, the Adult Services Librarian, gave 22 visiting library staff a tour, including some behind the scenes stuff.

When in town, I like visiting other public libraries to see how they do things. This library did not disappoint.

I took some photos of things I thought looked great or were cool ideas, including:

    Bath tub for sitting and reading in at the children’s library
    Early literacy area with a theme that changes regularly
    Let us request that for you language on the end cap sign
    Earbuds for sale in the vending machine. Genius.
    Vertical displayed TV with a display of materials underneath.
    Random Acts of Kindness passive programs in the Tween Scene.
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Posted in Web Resources

Do you work at a small library?

There is a webinar coming up put on by WebJunction called The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Their Communities Thrive. The speaker is Allie Stevens, Director and solo librarian, at Calhoun County Library & Museum in Hamtpon Arkansas. Allie is a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Register for this free webinar on April 18 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT.

https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/power-of-small.html

Presenter: Allie Stevens

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Call for Proposals

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PLA 2020 Nashville February 25-29
The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting proposals for educational sessions to be presented at its biennial conference, to be held Feb. 25-29, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. The PLA 2020 Conference will highlight innovative work and ideas that address the core challenges facing public libraries and their communities today.

Most educational programs will be 60-minute sessions that follow the format of a panel discussion, case study presentation, peer-to-peer dialogue, or skill-building workshop. PLA will also present a limited number of in-depth preconference sessions that may be a half-day or full-day in duration.

For the 2020 Conference, PLA is especially interested in proposals and speakers representing diverse perspectives, with a commitment to representation of groups that have been historically marginalized or excluded due to race, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, economic background, and age. All participating speakers will be expected to register for and attend the conference; respond to PLA information requests in a timely manner; and submit final versions of all session handouts electronically prior to conference.

Prospective presenters are strongly encouraged to preview the form and review the recommendations before submitting a proposal. The proposal submission portal will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Apr. 26, 2019.

Get Started!
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Free Webinar: Starting Small with Project Outcome

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Are you interested in learning about Project Outcome?  Project Outcome is a free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs.

I’ve read up on Project Outcome, but I feel like I could use some additional motivation to get started. That’s why I’ve signed up to attend Starting Small with Project Outcome, a free webinar on Tuesday, February 5. You can sign up too!

Register here to attend the free webinar (and receive the archive link after!).

P.S. Are you using Project Outcome at your library? Please share!

Posted in Public Libraries

PLA Awards and Grants

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.

Here’s the link to the PLA Awards and Grants article: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards

Who will you nominate? See a grant opportunity that sparks your interest? Go for it!

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PLA’s Spring Leadership Academy

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.

For details, visit https://goo.gl/4DQTMe.PLA Leadership Academy