From Awareness to Funding: 5 Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them
If you work or volunteer in a library, you may have heard about the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. If you haven’t read it, here’s the good news: compared to 2008, more voters think of libraries as hubs for connecting, learning, and skill-building. The not-so-good news: most voters don’t understand where library funding comes from, and they are less committed to supporting tax-based library funding than they were a decade ago. See WebJunction’s director, Sharon Streams, discuss the report in greater depth during her booth spotlight presentation at ALA Annual 2018.... Read more
Social Library, Volume 114
Up next in our Social Library series, we're sharing innovative approaches to fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. From micro libraries to dinosaurs and from guinea pigs to tattoos, these examples are sure to inspire. If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Denver Public Library in Colorado hosted a unique Books & Ink fundraiser last week, for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. The community was invited to come to get inked with book-themed tattoos created by artists from Certified Tattoo Studio. The... Read more
Next Chapter Book Club: Where Reading is for Everyone
Through the Next Chapter Book Club, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are finding a unique opportunity to engage in literacy, socialize and hang out in a community setting - all through the power of books and reading. Program facilitators find that the clubs create an enjoyable setting that not only helps with continued, lifelong learning, but it also makes reading and fun and enjoyable experiences. Public libraries are a key partner in bringing this program to life and keeping these patrons connected.
The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Tom Fish and his... Read more
Free August Webinars for Library Staff
As we move past the middle of the year, it's the perfect time to pull out your list of learning goals and focus in on filling some of the learning gaps you identified as priorities for own learning or for your team. Perhaps you have some new goals to add to the list, or you're ready to tackle something that keeps slipping to the bottom. Browse this month's webinar opportunities, and set aside time on your calendar for some important learning. This list of more than 74 webinars and two virtual conferencernce covering 20 topic areas, was collected by the... Read more
WebJunction @ALA Roundup (In Case You Missed Us)
We know it's not always an option with time or funding to attend conferences. And if even if you can attend, it's impossible to get to everything! So we're sharing the presentations and resources that we took to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in this roundup.
The Library Make'N'Shake was a lively event sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an anonymous donor which brought together national non-profits for hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and lightning talks that celebrated creative engagement.
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22 August 2018
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL and EveryLibrary to grow skills for talking about library budgets with staff, boards, and other stakeholders in your community and to secure funding.
18 September 2018
This webinar explores new trends in library volunteerism and presents practical steps to recruit skilled volunteers to help grow your community of library advocates and supporters.
27 September 2018
In this webinar, learn about Next Chapter Book Club and how to grow inclusive outreach to and engagement with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
03 October 2018
Part three of a three-part series on evaluating and sharing your library's impact, focused on presenting data to make the case for how your library plays a critical role in your community.