Creating a Digital BookTalk – The Quick and Dirty Guide

Jared Mills, Readers Advisory Librarian, Seattle Public Library, shared  tips and techniques for creating fun, innovative, and engaging video booktalks at the 2012 iYouth Conference. The jam-packed room combined with the valuable information Jared shared led me to conclude that someone should capture the key points and make it accessible for the world! That “someone” ended up being me! Without further delay, […] → Continue Reading Creating a Digital BookTalk – The Quick and Dirty Guide

Displaying RealTime Tweets at a Conference

Have you ever (or are currently) wondered what is the quickest and easiest way to display a scrolling list of real-time tweets for people to see? At 2011 Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference held in Seattle, Washington, Karine Nahon the Conference Chair was looking to do exactly that, have a screen showing what people we saying about #ir12 […] → Continue Reading Displaying RealTime Tweets at a Conference

So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

Six weeks have passed and by now you should have a relatively well-formed (or close to it) advocacy work plan developed. The purpose of this, the final in the series of posts will be used to Review key concepts and ideas discussed over the past five (5) weeks Determine how to achieve your goal Increase […] → Continue Reading So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

If there is one thing that is hard to ask for, I’d have to say it’s money. A close second would probably be asking that individual you have a crush on out on a date. Week five (5) of PLA’s library advocacy seminar series dealt with the former, the art of asking for money. By the of […] → Continue Reading The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four

Week four (4) of PLA’s library advocacy plan development seminar dealt with relationships—how to establish, cultivate and maintain them. The module employed the analogy of a plant to help viewers fully understand what this process entails. This post will highlight and summarize the key takeaways. Why Relationships are Important In many ways relationships are the […] → Continue Reading Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four

You As A Leader: Turning the Page – Week Three

Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, YOU are a leader. Sometimes you are called upon, other times, the need spontaneously arises. We are constantly involved in meaningful (e.g. advertising campaign, summer reading program) and mundane (e.g. shopping for groceries, doing the laundry) tasks that require us to apply techniques employed by leaders. As […] → Continue Reading You As A Leader: Turning the Page – Week Three

Telling Your Story: Turning the Page – Week Two

Week two of Turning the Page 2.0 looked at how data from the public perception’s  research can be used to help you “tell YOUR story”. The focus was on: Creating a compelling story about your library Practicing  speaking skills I was excited and looked forward to new things I would learn and be able to apply. This […] → Continue Reading Telling Your Story: Turning the Page – Week Two

Creating Groupies: Info-Pro Guerrilla Marketing

Being able to effectively market talents, skills and abilities, greatly enhances one’s ability gain employment, recognition and sufficient compensation. It can also make them seem indispensable. At a time when institutions are looking for ways to save money, this is even more true for librarians, archivists, knowledge managers, web content specialists and other types of […] → Continue Reading Creating Groupies: Info-Pro Guerrilla Marketing

Public Perceptions of Libraries: Turning the Page – Week One

Week one of the six-week program focused on how the public views libraries and was guided by two recent research studies conducted by well-known agencies (e.g. OCLC). They provided some insightful information about how different groups feel about libraries. Among the finding were: People thought having enough computers and online services should be the top priority […] → Continue Reading Public Perceptions of Libraries: Turning the Page – Week One

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Advocacy 101 Super Charged

While scanning the American Library Association’s Annual Conference program descriptions, I came across a session entitled “Turning the Page 2.0.” I quickly skimmed the description and decided this was the workshop that would give me advice on how to advertise my skills and ability. When I arrived and the facilitator started speaking, I quickly realized […] → Continue Reading Advocacy 101 Super Charged