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BEST PRACTICES FROM AMERICA’S BEST SMALL LIBRARIES

A free webcast series presented by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.

Moderated by Kristi Chadwick, Small Libraries Advisor to the Massachusetts Library System, registration is now open for the initial presentations.

Best Small Library in America

The Best Small Library in America award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and now in its twelfth year, honors the top libraries serving populations of 25,000 or fewer people. In addition to the $20,000 award to the winning library, two finalist libraries will each receive a $10,000 award.

The submission period for  the 2016 award, has closed. (See Past Winners)

Delivering Community Value: How to Make Yourself Indispensable for Small Libraries

January 14th, 2016 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Libraries are always striving to show their strengths not only as a reading institution, but as a community center, no matter their size. Join us as we hear from two small library leaders who understand the true worth of their community value.

SPEAKERS

  • Erica Freudenberger – Director, Red Hook Public Library (2015 Honorable Mention)
  • Patricia Brown – Director, Haines Borough Public Library (2005 Winner)
  • Rebecca Heaton – Assistant Director, Haines Borough Public Library

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Customer Service for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

SPEAKER

  • Amy Dodson – Director, Douglas County Libraries, Pine River Library (CO), Best Small Library in America 2014|

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Makerspaces & STEM for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

SPEAKER

  • Erica Freudenberger – Director, Red Hook Public Library (NY), Best Small Library in America, Finalist 2015

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Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

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.

SPEAKERS

  • Karen Lemke – Public Relations Director/Adult Services Librarian, Pine River Library District, CO
  • Patrick Sweeney – Administrative Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA & 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker

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Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

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.

SPEAKERS

  • Mary Beth Stenger – Director, Southern Area Library, Lost Creek, WV
  • Cheryl Clay, Trustee – Pine River Library District, CO

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Library Construction and Renovation for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

SPEAKERS

  • Eve Tallman – Retired Director, Mesa County Libraries, CO, Grand County Library (UT) Best Small Library in America 2007
  • Rebekkah Smith Aldrich – Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System (NY)

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Professional Development for Small Libraries

AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

SPEAKER

  • Gary D. Price – Co-Founder and Editor, Library Journal’s infoDOCKET and Research Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network

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