September 21, 2020

Libraries First

It’s a digital world out there and you want your patrons to see the library first — as the provider of reliable, credible, vetted resources.  

September 8, 2020

Five tips to create amazing library digital signage

The advent of digital signage has been a revelation for libraries. The ability to share messages on a digital screen, with its flexibility, has opened a new world of promotion for librarians. 

August 18, 2020

The survival of your library depends on advocacy

Libraries do a great job of promoting their collection and events. But if libraries are to survive and thrive, we must do a better job of advocating for ourselves and securing funding. We must stop being humble. We must talk more about the work we do in our libraries, as loudly as we can, to as many people as possible. 

August 14, 2020

Your 2020 #LCSUM Guide

Summer Reading 2020 most likely looked different at your library this year. And back to school might also! Though your services might have pivoted to online resources, virtual events, and curbside pickup, we must not forget, September is Library Card Sign-up Month. And we’re here to help! 

July 27, 2020

The message your library must send to students and teachers this year is… we’re here for you.

This year holds a lot of unknowns. The one thing we do know is that learning will begin, in some form or fashion, and that libraries will be a crucial part of the support system for learners, educators, and parents, more than ever before. Here are the three big steps you’ll need to take this school year to ensure your community knows how to find educational support at your library. 

July 23, 2020

3 tips to always have a book recommendation ready

One question I regularly faced as the manager of an adult services department at a public library was, “how can my staff and I stay on top of trends in reading and good books to recommend.” There is no shortage of book blogs, reviews, social media feeds, etc. people can read. And it’s fun to deep dive into the online community of a genre. But being an active member of all the online reading communities isn’t possible, so the question for my team was really, “what tools do we have to efficiently and effectively learn about good books to recommend in genres we don’t immerse ourselves in.”

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