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  • Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries

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    How do you maximize your technology resources? When should you replace computers? How do you manage software updates? Do you have enough bandwidth to support patron Internet use? Technology decisions can be difficult to make, but a technology plan can help you focus your efforts. Join us for this free webinar to learn from small libraries that have used technology planning to make better decisions, be more prepared, and improve services to their communities. Even with limited time and resources, a technology plan can help your library stay up-to-date. We will share tips and tactics to help you create a plan for your library’s technology. This session is provided by TechSoup and was recorded on August 19, 2015.

  • Quick, Cheap, and Decent Strategic Planning

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    Strategic planning for your library should not cause despair. A simple five-step model, which uses everyday words and immediately identifies who is accountable for each result, works especially well for smaller libraries, where strategic planning is a new idea for leaders and staff, or when a more complex plan has stalled (or died). This archived session was recorded by Pat Wagner of Siera Learning in 2015.

  • The Myth of Innovation

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    This recorded webinar was presented by R. David Lankes on April 12, 2016 as part of our Virtual Staff Development Day. Many see innovation as a sort of grand effort from a gifted few. Innovation seems characterized by the start-up, or the creative class. Yet innovation, adoption of positive change, is essential to all institutions and is actually an obligation of the professional - including the librarian. This session will examine the myths of innovation, how these myths can prevent positive change, and examples of locally grown innovation that makes a difference to librarianship.

  • Library Trends: 2016 Edition

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    In this archived webinar, Miguel Figueroa from the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries discusses his work identifying emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve; promoting futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future; and building connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues. This event is supported through funding from the Georgia Public Library Service, the Georgia Library Association, and the Library Services and Technology Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This session was recorded on April 12, 2016 as part of the Virtual Staff Development Day.

  • How to Engage Your Community in Your Library's Strategic Planning

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    Your neighbors are too busy these days. So involving your community's members in a conventional library strategic planning process - committees, meetings, advisory boards, focus groups - can be problematic. How can you recruit people who can provide significant feedback to ensure your library's strategic plan is responsive to the needs of your stakeholders? One secret: Don't ask for input just once a year.

  • Library Book Sales and Book Stores - Including Online Sales

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    Webinar archive. 1 hour. Library book sales can bring a community together or create a privileged elite, provide new life for used books or line the pockets of unscrupulous collectors, provide extra income for cash-strapped libraries or be a drain on paid staff as well as take up valuable space. What can you do to update your book sale strategies? How can you decide what is working and what needs to change? And what is the problem with big changes?

  • Everyday Leadership for Library Directors

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    Regardless of the burden of responsibilities in your library, you can be a leader: someone with vision, character, and influence who is comfortable with risk. Do you have a big-picture view of your library? Do you think about the future and talk about your vision for better technology, improved customer service, a superior collection, and community-based programming? Do staff and community members want to follow your lead? Do they listen to your ideas and take you seriously?

  • Bully-Proofing Your Library

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    Whether you call it bullying, harassing, intimidating, stalking, threatening, tormenting, browbeating, needling, or pushing people around, commonsense calls it bad behavior. What steps need to be taken during your library's employment cycle and regarding the culture of your library to prevent bullying behavior? To address incidents with staff and library users, particularly young people?

  • Evolving Public Libraries for the 21st Century and Beyond

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    Instead of locking libraries into a 19th century culture with limited ideas, consider principles that reflect current technological, cultural, and societal opportunities. Live performances, bookstore categories, virtual programming, librarians embedded in community organizations, STEM initiatives, and partnerships with social service agencies reflect just a few of the new 21st century library services. What does your community need?