November 16, 2017

News Briefs for September 1, 2017

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, TX, receives $120,000 grant from Google.org; Washington State University’s Sustainable Heritage Network project wins the Society of American Archivists’ Council Exemplary Service Award; Watkinson Library at Trinity College gets a large comic book and graphic novel donation; and more News in Brief from the September 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Beyond Desktops: 10 Ways to Make Your Automated Device Checkout Program One-of-A-Kind

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Librarians only have so much time, and patrons bring an increasingly wide array of needs. In this informative webcast, learn how to customize a kiosk to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to your patrons (and/or students). Find out how the self-service methodology can transform your facility, empower your end users and unburden your staff.
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Straight from the Source | Innovation

Libraries possess a not-so-secret weapon when it comes to assessing the needs of their patrons—the frontline staff who engage with their communities every day. How can library leaders best tap staff members’ expertise, make staff at all levels feel safe and welcome to contribute, and harness that information to develop programs and policies that meet real-world needs?

Stigma-Free Reading for Adults | Collections

Nashville Public Library, the 2017 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, launched the Fresh Reads collection to adult new readers in 2017 to offer stigma-free reading to promote literacy and learning.

Designing High-Participation Summer and Winter Reading Programs

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Aggregating the results of over 2,000 summer reading programs, our data shows that seemingly small decisions can have a measurable impact. This webcast provides an overview of key insights and recommends some “best practices” that are enabling libraries to get the most out of their reading programs.
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Embracing eBooks Like a Boss

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
When over half of your users come to the library seeking information, it is often your responsibility to ensure they find what they’re looking for. But when you’re taking on varying other tasks, how do you embrace non-fiction eBooks? Join us as we hear from public library thought-leaders as they speak to how their libraries address non-fiction collection challenges.
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Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

George Andreou is Director of Harvard University Press; Elaine L. Westbrooks is University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Michelle L. Young will become President of the New York Library Association for 2018–19; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Driving Digital Content Engagement

Join Library Journal and RBdigital as we uncover the latest in library patron digital service engagement and how the RBdigital app and online experience provide the tools that deepen discovery and enjoyment of digital content. This webcast showcases user trends along with how RBdigital uses discovery habits and the ways they interact with digital content.
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How to Be a 21st Century Librarian

In this informative webcast, learn how to choose a library school, make the most of your LIS program to prepare for a specialty that’s in demand and future-ready, bone up on what real-world employers are looking for today and tomorrow, and find and nail the interview for your first job in a modern library.
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Convening Community Conversations | Programming

It can be challenging to start a substantive conversation, not just small talk, among people of differing experiences and opinions, even—or especially—when they are neighbors. But libraries, as institutions used and trusted by a broad cross section of the population, are uniquely positioned to convene productive dialog that can help patrons abandon the “echo chamber” and start talking to one another.