Collection Management Data: Quick and Easy

Whether you work in a public or school library, time is your most precious resource and reading review journals is a luxury few of us can afford. Creating a collection that is lean and mean depends on two things: knowing how your collection is being used and finding the right materials to fill community needs.

We will share tips on using standard ILS reports to assess what belongs and doesn’t in your collection. Find that sweet spot in between spending too much time obsessing over what to buy and not putting any thought into developing a collection tailored to your community. Come prepared to share your favorite selection tools!

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Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day?

Jean Marie Heilig

Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising?  Sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The damage from a lack of adequate sleep can occur in an instant (car accident) or over a period of time. Ongoing sleep problems can increase your risk for chronic health problems. It can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Join us as we discuss how sleep and lack of sleep affects us and brainstorm the changes you need to make to experience a good night’s sleep!

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Job Hunting Like a Boss

  • With Miranda Doran-Myers and Dave Hodgins
  • Originally aired 06/15/2018
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For 100% of the people presenting this session – and for most of the rest of you – looking for a job is a stressful and deeply personal experience. Whether you are looking to make that next big jump professionally, or you want to better serve your job hunting patrons, we have valuable tips and tricks for navigating the turbulent waters of job hunting.

We will provide insight from both sides of the table: a seasoned veteran with more than 15 years of experience hiring in libraries, and a recent MLIS graduate who has submitted too many job applications to count! Come prepared to share your thoughts, experiences and questions, so that after this presentation, you will be better equipped to land your next big opportunity, and you will have a new/improved toolbox that you can use to help your patrons land theirs.

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Face-to-Face: Creating Constructive Conversations within our Communities

Everyone seems to be arguing. One glance at Facebook demonstrates how comments quickly turn toxic. So how can libraries make a difference? Can we create a space where people will both talk and listen? In 2016, the Poudre River Public Library District partnered with the Fort Collins Human Resources Commission to present four community forums on issues about diversity in our community. These conversations were complicated, controversial, and far from perfect, but they need to happen in more libraries throughout Colorado. Listen to our story and bring your own thoughts to share in the chat about how libraries can cultivate positive conversations within their community.

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Promising Practices: Leading From Where You Are: Leadership CAN be Learned.

  • With Sharon Morris and Becky Russell
  • Originally aired 04/24/2018
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Handout: Leading from Where You Are (PDF)

Leadership is an necessary skill in all types of work in today’s world. Yet, many people think that they aren’t leaders for a variety of reasons. You may be surprised to learn that leadership is something that ALL of us can learn and in which ALL of us can become skilled.

We urge you to join co-presenters Sharon Morris and Becky Russell on Tuesday, April 24th from 3:30 – 4:30 MST for our upcoming webinar “Leading From Where You Are: Leadership CAN be Learned.” In this very interactive webinar (part of our “Promising Practice in Session” series), you will identify behaviors of effective leaders so that you can try them in your work. You’ll also identify your leadership strengths and walk away with strategies to grow yourself and others in leadership behaviors.

Sharon Morris

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A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead

It’s not always easy to lead an entire organization by yourself. Solo librarians are in the unique position where we are expected to be leaders but we very rarely, if ever, have a staff to lead. This presentation is geared toward the solo librarian or librarians who oversee a very small staff. Through storytelling and anecdotes, I hope to encourage and inspire librarians to take charge of their unique leadership roles within their organizations and discover opportunities to collaborate, learn, and influence others outside of their organization.

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Partnerships with Correctional Libraries

  • With Erin Boyington and Teresa Allen
  • Originally aired 03/06/2018
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The incarcerated in Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facilities are some of the most appreciative library patrons anywhere. 97% of them will be released someday, and many struggle with basic information needs. The key to helping the incarcerated successfully reenter society is library outreach. Join us to learn about forming partnerships with correctional libraries and to discuss how you can support your future patrons today.

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Baby-Friendly Libraries

  • With Beth Crist and Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
  • Originally aired 02/20/2018
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Of course babies are welcome in your library, but what if you could transform your library into a truly baby-friendly library? Join us for this interactive webinar to explore ideas on transforming your space, collections, policies, programs, outreach efforts, and customer service philosophy to best fit the needs of your youngest patrons and their families, and make them feel welcome. Along with examples we’ll provide, there will be many opportunities for you to share your experiences, ideas, and questions on babies in libraries with each other.

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When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date

Sharon Morris
  • With Sharon Morris and Kieran Hixon
  • Originally aired 01/18/2018
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  • Have you accidentally helped a library patron transform?
  • Are you ready to be an intentional champion for your library users?

Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.

Kieran Hixon

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What do people come to the library for? (PDF)

What makes transformation possible? (PDF)

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Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community

  • With Beth Crist, Dan Alcazar, Steph Myers, Meg DePriest
  • Originally aired 12/13/2017
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Librarians have debated both the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials for decades. The topic is still critical today as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families.

Join us for this interactive session as we explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees, learn from one library district that has tracked the positive effects of eliminating fines for  2 years, and brainstorm with each other about the challenges and benefits to eliminating fines and fees.

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Steph Myers

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