I first got hooked on genealogy in library school — a reference services course to be exact. We had an assignment where we had to look up information about an ancestor using primary and secondary library resources. After that little taste, I was hooked and started exploring even more of my family's history (and yes, signed up for an Ancestry account).
Genealogy is a great way to learn library resources, but I never really considered how it might be a tool for digital inclusion until I heard about the Burlington (Washington) Public Library's ROOTS program.
This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Whether you're using a slide deck for a computer class or adding some pizzazz to storytime, these tips on giving presentations will help you hold your audience's attention and help you feel better prepared.
Hey. Did you know that audiences forget 90 percent of what's presented to them? Well, of course you did! You've sat through your fair share of screamingly dull presentations where you felt proud that you remembered even 1.7 percent of what was presented (well, at least the parts you were awake for).
Does your library's website need an updated look? Or maybe you're looking to start from scratch and build a whole new website? No matter where you are with your website, you'll find some useful tips from three librarians who talked about their web-building experience with us in our webinar, Library Websites on a Budget: Tips, Tools, and Tales.
These three public librarians told us about the tools they used to build their websites and shared their learnings:
The demand from patrons in the Sonoma County Library (SCL) system for e-reader assistance was high — and something needed to be done. At the time, I was working as a part-time circulation technician, and I was aware of the need for something that could help people at home, or that nonprofessional staff like myself could direct people to during busier times at the reference desk.
Your library probably offers some sort of craft programming, either for kids, teens, adults, or all of the above! Have you ever considered taking crafting online? At the California Library Association's annual conference (also known as CLA), the librarians from the Santa Clara County Library presented on bringing traditional programming online. I had never heard of the term "e-craft," so that portion of the presentation was intriguing.
The idea is that patrons can do craft time at home by using online instruction sheets. This is a great way to involve community members who might be unable to physically get to the library for a craft program.
Incorporating digital elements into story time has been a popular topic this year. There were two sessions on the topic at the California Library Association's annual conference as well as a session on story time apps at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference.
We also had an incredible turnout for our November Every Kid Ready to Read: Tech Tools for Early Literacy webinar.
As library-centric folks, it's pretty much a given that we care about literacy. We know its impact: how it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, and breaks the cycle of poverty.
We also know the sobering statistics around illiteracy. According to UNESCO, there are 740 million illiterate people worldwide. Librarians strive to decrease this number every day though literacy programs for both adults and children.
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