Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff
Congratulations! You did it, you magnificent beast! You dug deep, summoned every last bit of magic you had, and made it through 2018!
And so begins 2019, time to dream big, set some audacious goals and evil plans in motion, remembering to rooting your work in what you value. What will you do in the coming year to delight your community, spark curiosity, and create joy wherever you go?
Consider applying for the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which is providing $5,000 sub-grants through WebJunction. Challenge your community to celebrate libraries by reading more, like the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library (see below). Encourage everyone you know to get healthy by making tracks to the moon.
It's also time to think about how we share our stories and let people know about the great work being done in libraries every day. The Milwaukee Public Library recently revamped some popular logos to bring attention to the services they offer -- services that people use every day. The result was an uptake in visits, an increase in the number of people who signed up for library cards, and new users checking out the library's many services. This clever marketing campaign point to the need for us to think about how we tell our story, and advocate for our institutions.
We'll have an opportunity to tell our stories about the role our libraries are playing in the communities we serve at this year's Library Advocacy Day in Albany, on Wednesday, February 27. Attendees will have a chance to meet with their representatives and astound them with the wonderful work you're doing, and your plans for 2019.
See you next year!
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Ask a Lawyer
To preserve confidentiality, questions sent to CDLC's "Ask the Lawyer" service are sent directly to CDLC, WNYLRC, and our counsel for review and answers. Answers might come in the form of:
- Public commentary shared with the member who inquired and become part of a Legal RAQ - "Recently Asked Questions" on the WNYLRC website;
- A training session (in person or webinar);
- A confidential memo shared only with the inquiring library and the CDLC and WNYLRC liaison.
Ask the Lawyer maintains Recently Asked Questions (RAQs), which are available here.
In Search Of: Library Director
The Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY, a small, rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual with a strong commitment to community for the position of Library Director.
Serving a user population of approximately 7,000, the Cheney Library is governed by an eight-member board of trustees and is a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library is in a historic building surrounded by beautiful gardens and enjoys strong community support and an active volunteer base. The Board is looking for a Director to ensure that this “small village with big dreams” continues to have an engaged and vibrant public library to help realize those dreams.
The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the operation and management of the Library. Along with regular customer service responsibilities, other duties include collection, service, and program planning and management; budget management; supervision of staff and volunteers; public relations and community outreach; fundraising; and grant writing.
The position is scheduled to work 36 hours per week with a schedule that supports library services, programs, and events. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree and the ideal candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, strong technology skills, and an appreciation for the importance of public library service in a small community. Demonstrated experience in library service, staff and volunteer supervision, budgeting, and facility management will also be highly desirable. Fund-raising and grant writing experience will be considered a plus. The Library Director’s annual salary will be $30,000– $33,000 based on the selected candidate’s skills and experience.
To apply please send via e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until January 4th, 2019 or until the position is filled.
Opportunities Abound: Grants, Awards & More
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest have opened the application process for the September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 NEA Big Read program. This grant program annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
NEA Big Read applicants submit proposals to host a series of community events presented at a variety of locations over the course of one month or longer. Events use the same NEA Big Read book as a point of departure and encourage participants to engage both with the book and fellow community members. Each NEA Big Read program includes: a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile leaders and other local luminaries; major events inspired by the content and themes from the book (e.g., panel discussions and author readings); artistic events related to the book (e.g., art/writing contests, film screenings, and theatrical performances); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.
Deadline: Thursday, January 24, 2019.
ALA, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.
Inspired by the success of the popular Thinking Money exhibit, Thinking Money for Kids is a new financial literacy experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers, and educators. The interactive exhibit will help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility, and charitableness.
The exhibit will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2021. Applications will be accepted from Dec. 17, 2018, to Feb. 8, 2019.
Selected libraries will receive:
- the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition for a six-week loan
- a $1,000 programming allowance
- Expenses paid for an orientation workshop at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
- programming resources and support
Participating libraries will be required to hold a minimum of four public programs related to the personal finance themes explored in the exhibition and fulfill other marketing and reporting requirements.
Big Opportunities for Small Libraries
Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:
- Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.
- Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.
- Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.
Cohort Learning and Evaluation
Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.
The deadline to submit an application is February 25, 2019.
Learn All the Things!
Health Literacy Begins at Your Library
Tuesday, Jan. 8th 2019 at 3pm
This is an online event.
Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness.
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout the state, forging partnerships at state and local levels. Learn how one library in Miami, Oklahoma, made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden. Get ideas for simple (but powerful) health literacy programs you can offer at your library regardless of your size or budget.
Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace
Tuesday, Jan. 15th 2019 at 3pm
This is an online event.
How do library administrators and managers foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? Unfortunately, individuals with diverse backgrounds and uniqueness are being subjected to subtle and overt bias in the library workplace due to the divisive climate in which we live. We have each been a part of the process; on either end of the bias whether we know it or not.
In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
- Increase awareness of situations involving biases.
- Identify different types of implicit bias challenges.
- Develop an understanding of how to approach implicit biases.
- Describe strategies and solutions to foster an inclusive work environment that may be applied within library workplace.
- Apply best practices within library workplace to reduce implicit bias in recruiting, hiring and retention.
This webinar will be of interest to: Library administration, managers, staff, and human resource professionals who want to learn more about implicit bias to foster a healthy, inclusive work environment for all.
Size Doesn't Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd 2019 at 2pm
This is an online event.
When it comes to providing services and programs, the size of your library doesn't matter.
If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.
Participants of this session will:
- Re-examine the concept of “small” when it comes to thinking about your library
- Learn ways to modify so-called “big library” ideas into smaller library environments
- Gain practical ideas from other small libraries about services, programs and resources you can implement in your library
Maryann Mori has presented on a variety of topics at several national library conferences. She has also been published numerous times in professional journals and books, writing about such topics as teen services, library volunteers, job-related stress and programming. Formerly the teen specialist librarian for the Evansville Vanderburgh (Ind.) Public Library and director of Waukee (Iowa) Public Library, Mori is currently a library consultant for the State Library of Iowa. She completed her MSLIS from the University of Illinois in 2006.
Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community for Public Libraries
Monday, Feb. 4th 2019 at 7:45am
This is an online event.
This 4-week 12 CE online course (from February 4 - March 3, 2019) is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities. New content is released each Monday. Each week will involve some reading, discussions with your classmates, and a short (2-pages or less!) assignment.
This class is intended to be completed as a cohort that involves discussion with your fellow students. There are no set hours to be online each week, but it is important that you complete the discussion and assignment for each week in a timely fashion. New content will be released each Monday.
- Week 1: Introduction to Consumer Health for Public Libraries
- Week 2: Health Reference in a public library environment
- Week 3 Health Resources
- Week 4 Health and Wellness Programming and Outreach for Public Libraries
Participants will earn 12 Continuing Education Credits.
This class provides all five competence and all 12 CE credits needed for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 1, a continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.