Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Best Practices from America’s Best Small Libraries: Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

September 1
3:00pm EDT
For small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support. Register

Music Cataloging Basics

September 30
2:30pm Eastern
The world of music cataloging is often puzzling to catalogers that have no music background or experience. In this new workshop, Sonia Archer-Capuzzo and Mary Huismann will put the puzzle pieces in place by covering the basics of music cataloging using the current RDA: Resource Description and MARC21 standards. This workshop is designed for those with cataloging experience who are approaching cataloging of music materials for the first time. Register

How to Get the Most from Your Library Budget

September 9
1:00pm, EDT
Do you need guidance for working with your library’s finances? Learn how to better handle your budget from an expert in library management. No matter the size of your library, you can allocate your funds wisely to support your mission. In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hussey of the Simmons School of Library and Information Science will share practical advice for managing your budget. Register

Getting Started with Library Customer Service

In this self-directed course, learners will gain a beginning-level understanding of customer service in the library setting. This training addresses competencies within the Communication, Customer Service, and Ethics & Values sections of the Competency Index for the Library Field. Get Started

Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library eCourse

October 5, 2015
Lesley Ellen Harris will help you become the copyright specialist at your institution. Educators, librarians, archivists, and other information professionals are often required to understand international copyright treaties and foreign copyright laws as well as the copyright laws in their own country—at least on a practical level. In this course, Harris will provide you with the knowledge you need to complete daily activities within the confines of copyright law.

The Necessity of Joy

September 18, 1:00pm CDT—Joy allows healing, because it removes the stress of grief and pain. Joy displaces anger, because in the joyful moment, we grab the hand of our enemy so they can join us in the dance. How do we model Joy for the people we love? Joy, that over-the-edge state of physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual transcendence, is where we forget ourselves, which means we forget our limits. Register

Isn't It Romantic?: New Romance Titles for Your Library

September 15
1:00pm CDT
Readers love to snuggle up with a good romance novel, enjoying all the drama, suspense, or humor that leads to a happily-ever-after ending. Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar full of scintillating romance possibilities as Baker Publishing Group, Riptide, Samhain, and Shadow Mountain present intriguing forthcoming romances. Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman will moderate. Register

Teen Book Buzz: Fall 2015

September 10
3:00pm EDT
Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2015 Teen Book Buzz webcast! From epic fantasies (such as Eleanor Herman’s reimagining of Alexander the Great as a teen) and suspenseful thrillers (Joelle Charbonneau’s Need) to love stories built around teen issues (Estelle Laure’s poignant debut) and timely discussions on gender identity (Robin Talley’s sophomore novel), our webcast sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Register

University of Wisconsin-Superior Courses Available Register

Principles of Fundraising and Revenue Development
September 18, 9:00am-4:00pm
Discover how to initiate and expand fundraising efforts; advantages and disadvantages of various development strategies; and how to create a fundraising plan for your organization.  Instructor:  Reid Zimmerman.

Strategic Planning: Tools and Best Practices
September 24, 9:00am-4:00pm 
Includes: preparing an organization for planning; the role of the board; strategic goals and objectives; a review of major trends and how to develop a strategic plan utilizing an accelerated planning model.  Instructor: Carter McNamara.

Volunteer Management, Recruitment and Retention
October 8, 9:00am-4:00pm
Volunteers play critical roles in nonprofits.  Learn the best practices for understanding volunteer motivation, designing positions, recruitment, supervision, recognition and more.  Gain understanding of the trends in volunteer availability and strategies to capitalize on these trends.  Instructor:  Cheryl Skafte.

Human Resource Management
October 22, 2015 & April 14, 2016, 9:00am-4:00pm
In this session you will learn about developing performance objectives, understanding employees, managing by expectations, team development and dealing with "non-performers".  This session is geared to individuals who currently have supervisory responsibilities, but open to all.  Instructor:  Jeff Thompson.

Building an Effective Nonprofit Board
October 29
We will examine the roles of board members; moral and legal responsibilities, as well as best practices (effective committee structure, recruiting and orienting board members, conducting meeting efficiently, and current trends).  Instructor:  Ellen O'Neill.

Victory Over Violence exhibition and program
September 21-October 2
VOV seeks to inspire people, especially youth, to identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives, homes, schools, campuses and local communities through awareness, introspection, individual empowerment and a creative commitment to dialog and action. Since the inception of the program, which was established in 1999 by youth members of Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) in response to growing concern over youth-related violence, more than one million people have participated in VOV-related activities and have signed the pledge to work to build a culture of peace. There will be a dynamic opening event on Monday, September 21st from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Erlenbach Lecture Hall with a reception afterward, and you will have an opportunity to view the exhibit.  The exhibit will be in the main level atrium of Swenson Hall.  Classes from regional schools are invited to attend, as are all others in the community.  To schedule a time to bring a group through the exhibit, please contact Lisa Mattsson at or 715-394-8033.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Branch Out Conference

by Jessica Douglas, Duluth Public Library

There were so many interesting sessions at this year's Branch Out Conference, it is difficult to narrow the experience down in order to summarize it onto paper! Dynamic speakers, interesting ideas, and new experiences were all a part of this wonderful conference.

There were several large group presentations, including, "Forward Planning for the Professional," "Connecting with Laughter," "Adrian Branch Library's - 'Library Crime Spree Program'," "Hennepin County Library Award Winning Outreach Department," and "Cataloging & Curating for the Minnesota Twins."

The "Forward Planning for the Professional" Presentations were very good. Fred Carpenter talked about the importance of working on yourself and building your own skill sets. She discussed thinking about where you want your career to go and planning for that outcome. One way to do this is by identifying possible roadblocks, and working to eliminate obstacles.

The "Hennepin County Library Award Winning Outreach Department" presentation was excellent. Daniel Marcou is a Corrections Librarian and he discussed the importance of providing library services to under-served communities and people in the corrections system. The idea of removing barriers for these individuals in regards to their patronage of the library really resonated with me. He talked about understanding that we need to stick to our policies, but we also have to have understanding, flexibility, and empathy. Our goal is to get people to use the library. We want to be careful not to create barriers to library resources.

Some of the smaller sessions included, "3D Printing: Overview and Demonstration," "Engaging Meetings: Facilitating Tips & Techniques," "Scheduling Staff," "Minnesota Multitype Library Cooperation - Providing Free Services to Minnesota Libraries," and "Connecting Your Career to the Future."

All of the small group sessions were wonderful. It was exciting to see a 3D printer for the first time. Felicia Boone, who talked about facilitating meetings, was phenomenal! She had a great deal of helpful advice and ideas. I enjoyed the discussion about scheduling staff. I learned more about what multitype library cooperation can achieve. Patty Bales, who talked about connecting your career, was also wonderful! She discussed the importance of focusing on strength building, instead of on fixing weaknesses, in order to be successful.

I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in this conference. It was so nice to speak with colleagues from across the state. the ability to share ideas and experiences with this group of professionals was wonderful. Thank you!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms

September 2
3:00pm EDT
In today’s networked world, public libraries are required to support a more diverse, mobile and connected population, re-envisioning workflows to serve their communities on users’ terms. This webinar will demonstrate how new technologies are enabling libraries to engage and serve users in innovative and expanded ways. Register

The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities

October 14
10:00am-5:00pm EDT
The virtual conference will focus the attention of library professionals on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll explore how libraries connect communities like no other institution and demonstrate how libraries leverage digital tools to facilitate and strengthen connections among classrooms and communities around the globe. Register

20 Awesome Digital Tools and Apps To Kick Off The New Year!

August 27, 2015
5:00pm ET
It is that time again… Time for school to start and time for us to kick off the year with amazing new tools and ideas! For this webinar, join Shannon McClintock Miller as she gives you 20 new digital tools, apps, and ideas to inspire learning and engage our young people. She even has a few tips and tools for teachers to use in their own practice. You will leave this webinar armed with a toolbox guaranteed to start your year off right! Register

Virtual Presence: How to Overcome the 7 Deadly Distractions in a Virtual Environment

August 27, 2015
1:00pm EST
Pick up some tips to grab and keep your audience's attention, make your virtual training more interactive and leverage technology to keep distractions at bay. Register

Promoting Creativity in Childhood - Moving from Why? to How?

September 2, 2015
12:00pm Pacific
Looking for ways to incorporate creative learning into the programming at your library? Erica Fortescue, Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, will present the case for creativity and innovation as core skills for future success.  She will share highlights from the newest research on creative thinking from a variety of fields including neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and education. This webinar will also show how these techniques prepare young readers for the new Common Core standards. Register

Best Practices from America's Best Small Libraries: Funding & Fundraising

September 1, 2015
3:00pm EDT
For small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support. Register

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Energize STEM Learning with Maker Spaces

August 27, 2015
11:00am Pacific
Join AccessScience and electronics guru Simon Monk for this live webinar. Simon will demonstrate how to encourage hands-on exploration of STEM subjects through innovative, interactive maker projects. Register

Data for the Non-Data Librarian

August 18, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Does the idea of answering a data or statistics question make you break out in a cold sweat? Never fear! Join experienced data librarians Jen Darragh and Hailey Mooney to learn their vetted approach to answering whatever questions come your way in the webinar “Data for the Non-Data Librarian.” Register

Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries

August 19
11:00am PDT
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.

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms

September 2, 2015
3:00pm ET
In today’s networked world, public libraries are required to support a more diverse, mobile, and connected population, re-envisioning workflows to serve their communities on users’ terms. This webinar will demonstrate how new technologies are enabling libraries to engage and serve users in innovative and expanded ways. Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand and the Western Plains Library System in Oklahoma are two libraries that have successfully reached their communities beyond library walls through inventive programs and services. Register

Have your eBook User Experience Both ways: New Options for Online and Mobile Access

August 27
3:00pm EDT
This summer, EBSCO is making major strides in the eBook user experience with the release of their new online viewer and mobile ap. The online viewer will automatically provide users with a new look and feel, updated tools, and support for both PDF and EPUB eBooks online as well as for download. The free mobile app will enable users to seamlessly download and read eBooks, as well as bookmark, annotate, and save them to a personal bookshelf. Register

Best Practices from America’s Best Small Libraries: Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

August 25, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist. Register

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Branch Out Conference

by Jocelyn Baker, Duluth Public Library

The 2015 Branch Out Conference was an excellent opportunity for networking and presented attendees with a wide variety of library-related topics. Several of the presentations really resonated with me.

The Keynote Speaker for the event was Fred Carpenter, an academic advisor in the Technical Communications graduate program at Metro State University. The title of Fred's presentation was Forward Planning for the Professional: Keeping Up, Keeping Track. Fred was fun, engaging, and encouraged everyone to pursue their goals, even if they are intimidating. She talked about building skills, and being honest with yourself about what you want out of your work life.

Fred recommends that you start by visualizing your end state, then work backwards. Do your research, and determine what needs to happen in order to reach your goal. Once you've determined what needs to be done, she says it's important to establish specific milestones to obtain along the way. She emphasized that most of us have many valuable skills that are more transferable than we probably realize.

My favorite presentation of the conference was Daniel Marcou's Providing Services To Undeserved Communities Corrections. Daniel started his presentation by asking, "What do a 19 year-old incarcerated gang member and a 93 year-old home-bound grandmother have in common?" Time and isolation were two good answers. Considering these commonalities, the goal of Hennepin County Library's award-winning Outreach Department was to bring the experience of the library to these people-whether home-bound, in rehab, assisted living facilities, or correctional facilities.

They developed a program called Freedom Ticket, which provides support and resources for people being released from correctional facilities, in order to ease re-entry into the community. I really enjoyed watching the video that was put together for the program as well.

Another program developed by this team is Read to Me, which helps incarcerated parents stay connected with their children. Volunteers help the adults choose age appropriate books for their children, and record the parent reading the book. The books and recordings are then given to the children. They also provide books at the corrections facilities for the children to read when visiting their parents.

Daniel's presentation gave me hope, made me sad, and truly made me feel that libraries are incredibly important for our communities! I would love to do something like this in Duluth, and look forward to hearing about more incredible library ideas at my next conference.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Readers' Advisory for your Library's Midlist Collection
August 11
1:00pm Central
Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar on using Readers' Advisory to leverage your library's midlist, with a special focus on Large Print books. RA experts Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Public Library), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Library), and Joyce Saricks from Booklist will discuss approaches and techniques to help you promote your adult midlist - and help your readers find those special under-the-radar gems. Representatives from Thorndike Press will showcase some of their hottest midlist Large Print titles. Register

Fall Mystery Announcement
August 20
3:00pm EDT
Let us take the detective work out of your mystery collection this fall. Join Library Journal for this free one-hour webcast and get a preview of the latest titles in the "highest circulating fiction genre in the U.S."You'll hear from Books on Tape. Midnight Ink, Oceanview, and Soho Crime, all sure to quicken your patrons' pulses! Learn which books and audiobooks to match up with your mystery lovers. Register

New Nonfiction for Young Readers
August 19
3:00pm EDT
Nonfiction resources have a profound impact on young learners. The constantly changing and evolving world around us means that your collection needs constant updating to best serve their needs. Tune in and find out about new and upcoming nonfiction titles from Amicus, Scholastic Library publishing, Houghton Mifflin, and Quarto.
This free SLJ webcast, moderated by the Library Director of Bard H.S. Early College Queens, Jess deCourcy Hinds, will showcase a wide range of reading materials and educational series supporting Common Core and STEM curriculum, plus much more. Register

Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training
August 13 
1:30pm ET
Brian Bunnett, Chair, Public Services Department, from the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University will present about the library’s current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project, “Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training”. The Library, in partnership with Vigo County Emergency Management, has been exploring roles for integrating librarians into the planning and response activities of local disaster management groups and developing training sessions using disaster health information resources from the National Library of Medicine. Register

Get a Taste of Boss Sauce: 14 Key Ingredients for First-Line Leaders
August 26
1:00pm EST
Employee engagement and performance are critical to your organization’s success. That’s a given. But what can your managers really do to increase engagement and performance in those they lead? What’s the secret sauce for leadership success? Join us for this webinar, sponsored by MHI Global, to take a close look at 14 key ingredients that drive leadership productivity. Your host, Craig Perrin from the leadership and management team at MHI Global, will share the results of our latest global research around the key skills of effective first-line leaders. He will outline a vocabulary for first-line leadership, and reveal a list of specific actions that drive employee engagement and performance. Register

Born Reading: Bringing up Bookworms in a Digital Age
August 19
12:00pm Pacific
Looking for ways to show users how to share books and apps more effectively with young readers? Need ways to help users prepare their children for Common Core “English Language Arts” standards? Want ideas to help users apply engaging reading techniques across books, apps, movies and other media? Author Jason Boog explores a set of interactive reading techniques that can help parents and caregivers to increase a child’s intellectual development. These techniques make any media experience more engaging, especially traditionally passive activities like TV watching or digital device usage. Register

Digital Citizenship & Cyberbullying
August 17 
12:30pm MT
Monthly webinars on current hot topics. The focus will be on providing a platform for you to share your knowledge as well as get your questions answered. Join guest experts to explore new library trends and services. Register

People—Difficult or Different?
August 21
11:00am Pacific
Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom  you work with. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work! Register

Using Census Records for Genealogy
August 27
2:00pm EDT
This webinar includes a discussion of the types of questions that have been asked in the Census and the American Community Survey over the past 200-plus years. Register

WorldCat and Metadata Globalization: An Introduction
August 25
9:00am Eastern
This presentation will show why aggregating metadata on a global scale is not trivial and discuss how OCLC and libraries can become more effective. It will include high-level context about the purpose of metadata and the developments in the 20th century, the ‘what’ and the impact of the bibliographic stack, and the so-called disruption of bibliographic control. Register

New Books in the ALS Professional Collection

Greetings, again!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower's card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower's card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

A Year of Programs for Millennials and More
Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, & Emily Vinci
ALA Editions, 2015
027.62 ALE 2015
Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. This handy guide specifically targets those on the cusp of the born-digital generation and their peers, offering up a year’s worth of programming suitable for both public and academic libraries. Organized by monthly clubs or monthly themed events, a format that makes planning and execution a snap, this resource
  • Provides an overview of what those in their 20s, 30, and 40s want from libraries and how best to reach them
  • Gives tips for extending popular teen programs to older teens and those in their 20s
  • Presents start-to-finish programs sure to be a big draw, such as a “pub trivia” night, recipe scrapbooking meetup, retro craft club, old school gaming sessions, writer’s workshops, and community college networking events
  • Shows how to program on a tight budget by making the most of the library’s existing collection and resources
  • Offers tips on marketing, outreach, and followup
The fun and popular programs contained in this guide will help libraries become social and cultural cornerstones for the millennials in their communities.

Running a Small Library, 2nd Edition
Edited by John A. Moorman
Neal-Schuman, 2015
025.1 RUN 2015
Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where Moorman’s how-to manual comes in, offering guidance on every essential aspect of what it takes to run a small library. Fully revised and updated, including a new chapter on digital library services, the second edition covers such day-to-day issues as
  • Budgeting, from planning to advocacy
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Maintaining facilities
  • Acquisition, cataloging, and collection development and management on a shoestring
  • Circulation
  • Programming, outreach, and community partnerships
  • Library technology, from computers and networks to automation systems and beyond
Also featured is an updated resource section listing furniture, automation, book, and periodical vendors; electronic discussion and support groups; professional organizations; and resources for more information. This book is a must-have for any solo librarian or library manager with a small staff.

Club Programs for Teens
Amy J. Alessio & Heather Booth
ALA Editions, 2015
027.626 ALE 2015
Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. Alessio, co-author of the bestsellers A Year of Programs for Teens and A Year of Programs for Teens 2, and Booth, co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services, show you how. Designed to be used in school or public library settings, this uniquely themed program guide
  • Offers guidance on how to handle summer, winter and year-round reading programs, with activities ranging from easy to elaborate
  • Provides activities useful for libraries with monthly teen clubs as well as those who want to plan occasional fun events
  • Saves planning time and offers maximum flexibility by cross-referencing programs by themes, allowing one program to be used with different audiences
  • Includes resource lists, readlikes, tips for success, and lessons learned from programs that went awry
Whether you’re a teen program novice or simply want to make your existing programming more effective, the club programs presented here will make teens excited to return to your library week after week.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Build a successful maker program at SLJ’s second Maker Workshop

Starts September 16, 2015
9:00am (EDT) 
Fee $250 (Use code LTCASLSUB for $25 discount). 
Join School Library Journal and experts both in and outside of the library world for our second Maker Workshop online course. Our fall 2015 program is packed with all new content and speakers to teach you creative ways to innovate or fully develop your maker program regardless of your budget.

Collection Development Tips & Tools 

August 6, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Join Library Journal, Ingram Content Group, and special guests for a lively discussion about Collection Development. We’ll have a dynamic discussion about the challenges Selectors face—from predicting popular titles in advance to dealing with patron demands, to staying on top of titles in the media and much more. Our expert panelists will have some solutions for many of these challenges, and we hope you’ll join the discussion. Register

Christian Fiction Book Roundup

August 11, 2015
3:00pm EDT
What do Beverly Lewis, Ben Hur, and Lisa Wingate have in common? They will all be featured in our upcoming webcast on new Christian Fiction. Join Library Journal’s Christian Fiction columnist on August 11 for an up close look at the latest inspirational titles publishing in Fall 2015. From movie novelizations (War Room and Ben Hur) to romantic suspense (Deadlock and Vendetta) and from Amish romances (Imposter and The Photograph) and biblical fiction (Bathsheba) to dystopian (The Calling) and historical novels (Secrets She Kept), these books will appeal to range of readers—avid fans and newcomers to the genre.
Don’t miss these exciting offerings presented by Baker Books Publishing, Tyndale House Publishers, and Waterbrook Mulnomah Publishing Group. There will even be a sneak peek of works releasing in 2016! Register

Microfilm Digitization Webinar

August 25, 2015
1:00pm CDT
If you missed the chance to stop by our booth, we offer a microfilm conversion solution that enables you to convert your newspaper archive to an easy-to-use text searchable format. Register

YA Announcements: Fall Titles to Know

August 18, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Get a leg up on the fall’s most anticipated YA releases in a free hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin TEEN, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Tor. Moderated byBooklist Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus. Register 

Create & Share—Calling Young Authors Everywhere

August 12, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Learn how students of all ability levels can feel success and confidence as they design and create books that align with the Common Core State Standards. See how technology transforms special education and inclusion classroom instruction by enhancing individual learning opportunities and enabling greater flexibility and personalization. Register