Graphic Design 101


Learn to entice your patrons and promote your programs with eye-catching, contemporary web and print materials. As well as the basic principles of design, why your library needs a brand, and how to get your library’s staff on board with good design practices. In this interactive and fun program, we will explore tools to use for print and web, highlighting free open-source software. Come away feeling confident that you know you too could make professional grade visual marketing!


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Places that Serve Us Well Every Day, Serve Us Best When Disaster Strikes

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Well poised to disseminate public information, libraries have served as emergency shelters, cooling centers during heat waves, sites for blood drives and inoculations, and a place to fill out electronic relief forms. Libraries have the infrastructure to serve as a health information services portal to emergency responders, the public health workforce, patients, and consumers during disaster.

Join us in a lively discussion about how libraries can actively function as disaster and emergency planning, response and recovery centers by partnering with emergency responders to provide vital resources to the community.


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Individual Programs: Anything but Passive

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  • With Tori Sparrow, Melissa Mitchell, and Becca Philipsen
  • Originally aired 08/11/2015
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Individual programs have been called many things (self-led, passive, proactive, and more), but one thing remains the same – these are a great way for any library to encourage interaction from people who may not normally attend programs while using less library resources and staff time. Join us for an interactive webinar where you will help lead the discussion. Bring your questions, your previous successes, and even your failures to share with others! Learn how to give your patrons a voice and participate on their own time, regardless of the size of your location or budget.


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Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming by Emily T. Wichman



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Maker MacGyver: School and Library Makerspaces on a Shoestring Budget


Makerspaces and maker programs in libraries don’t have to cost or fortune or require you to be a tech wizard, super hacker, or evil genius in order to be successful. All you really need is an open mind!

Bring your creativity, your grand ideas, your problems, and your questions to an interactive session where we will dream up maker program ideas literally from rubber bands, paperclips, duct tape and more! In addition to programming, we will discuss free and low cost software and hardware, ideas for potential partners, and provide language you can use to justify your would-be makerspace.


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What Will You Make – Ideas

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Minding Your Own Business: Library services for businesses and entrepreneurs


Libraries are often great at meeting the individual needs of their patrons, both inside the library and out. But, how well are we serving the businesses in our communities? Come join us for a discussion on the different ways libraries can serve the businesses and entrepreneurs who live and work on our communities. Learn and share ideas about making your library the go-to resource for business people in your community.


Successful Business Program Ideas

  • Offer QuickBooks Classes
  • Local bankers offering quarterly financial literacy programs at the library
  • Partnered with SCORE/SBA to do quarterly business programs


  • Lack of flexibility with city or other website
  • Demand on staff time (outreach vs. desk time)

Marketing Business Resources

  • Word of Mouth
  • Flyers
  • Inviting community stakeholders
  • Press releases
  • Social Media
  • Community Calendars
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Local Newspaper
  • Radio
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Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment

Beth Crist

Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?

Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents?

Join us for this interactive session where we will explore ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, hear examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and share your own experiences and ideas on the topic.

We’ll also discuss the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries. This is not a traditional lecture-type webinar; come prepared to actively participate in the conversation!


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Parent Engagement Brainstorm


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Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

  • With Amelia Shelley, Elissa Hardy, Dana Scott, Zac Schaffner, and Jacqueline Murphy
  • Originally aired 04/21/2015
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Note: Unfortunately, the recording was started a few minutes late, but all of the slides are available in the resources below.

Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.

Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!


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Library Related Resources

State and Community Resources

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It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians

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  • With Amy Bland and Nannette McMurtry
  • Originally aired 02/26/2015
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  • Does the professional development you provide for your staff elicit more groans than cheers?
  • Would you rather offer PD that is useful and engaging?

After years of experimenting, we found a PD model that is more dynamic, offers more choices, and encourages leadership from within the group you are coaching, mentoring, etc. Using a combination of the flipped model and the workshop model, we created PD that puts our librarians in control of their own learning. Come learn how we did it and how to replicate it with your staff, in your own library or library district!

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Aha! Moments: What they are and how to have more!

Sharon Morris

(Note: Due to human difficulties, the very beginning of the recording is cut off, but no real content is missed.)

  • Ready to kick 2015 off with a bang?
  • Looking to tap into your creativity in a new way?

Using interactive examples and exercises, participants will learn techniques they can use to expand their thinking. Through this session, you can share your own experiences and discover other methods for increasing creativity and experiencing more insights.

Definition of an Aha! moment:

  • Sudden, meaning unexpected and instantaneous, awareness and understanding of a notion or solution previously incomprehensible.
  • Clarifies with fresh perspective
  • Includes joy and/or satisfaction.
  • Confidence in answer/certainty about future direction.
  • Sometimes the solution seems obvious after the Aha but not before thus giving some folks a sense of chagrin.

Why do insights matter? (PDF)
What Might you do differently in your work? (PDF)

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Summer Reading Refreshed!

Beth Crist
  • With Beth Crist and Lisa Gonzalez
  • Originally aired 12/15/2014
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  • Is your summer reading program in need of a boost to re-engage your young patrons (and possibly you and your coworkers)?
  • Are you looking for innovative ways to reach youth that don’t use your library?
  • Have a great spin on summer reading that you want to share with colleagues?

Please join us for this interactive session to exchange ideas to hack the summer reading box. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences. Resources

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