Many librarians are new to grant work and it can seem a bit intimidating to get started. However, grant work is really about five things librarians are great at: finding information, answering questions, building relationships, serving the community, and being trustworthy and dependable.
Conducting a needs assessment can sound intimidating, but if you break it down into small opportunities for conversations, you’ll be surprised by how much information you can gather. In this article, Mitchell Community Public Library director Alexis Caudell shares her advice and experiences.
Are you signed up for our monthly newsletter? If not, sign up here! In the June issue, you will find lots of information about products, webinars, and more. You'll also find a description of the six Library Edge Spotlights that we published in June -- each featuring one of the Edge benchmarks and a library that is excelling at achieving it.
Have you heard of the Library Edge project? If you're a regular visitor to our site, you have seen resources and stories we're shared in support of the project over the last year. You may also have attended one of our Library Edge Benchmark webinars. The Edge Benchmarks are the driving force behind the Edge Initiative. The benchmarks can help library staff understand best practices in public access technology services for their communities and determine what steps they need to take to improve their public technology.
Silver Lake, Kansas is a town with a population of 1,439 people (according to the 2010 Census). Thanks to the local library, there’s a whole lot of building going on in the community… and I’m not just talking about renovations and an expansion at the library. Youth in the community have been visiting the library to play Minecraft, a game that allows them to build almost anything they can imagine.
Nothing warms this librarian mama’s heart like my three year old son begging to go to the library and then jumping up and down with joy when I agree. My son refers to my issue of Public Libraries magazine (which lies next to his issue of Ranger Rick on our coffee table) as “Mommy Loves Libraries” magazine. A Pew Internet report released earlier this week confirms we are not the only library loving mother child team out there.
Thinking about providing health information training for your community? Here's advice from a pro! Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region. She has a background in public libraries, library consultation, and prescription drug monitoring. In her current role, Dana works to improve the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.
Where will you be on Tuesday, March 26th? If you're interested in learning more about providing technology, storytime, and other services that make the library welcoming for children on the autism spectrum, then you may want to be online! Two free online webinars are being offered.