Erate Training: Limon

The Colorado Department of Education is pleased to offer E-rate training sessions for Funding Year 2018-19. This year training will include an overview and update on program rules and procedures, highlight updates to the eligible services list and an extensive review of the new EPC Portal system.

During this session, participants will also receive information regarding the Colorado state matching funds opportunity. E-rate training is free and available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

It is highly recommended that all applicants new to the E-rate program attend this training. Lunch is on your own.

CSL in Session: Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community

Librarians have debated both the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials for decades. The topic is still critical today as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families.

Join us for this interactive session as we explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees, learn from one library district that has tracked the positive effects of eliminating fines for  2 years, and brainstorm with each other about the challenges and benefits to eliminating fines and fees.

Bright by Three

Join us for a webinar with Ashleigh Kirk of Bright by Three.  Ashleigh will be discussing Bright by Three’s work, along with providing an overview of the packages they distribute to families of very young children.  We’ll also be considering ways to partner with Bright by Three and promote messages about library services via their Bright by Text service.

Erate Training: Greeley

The Colorado Department of Education is pleased to offer E-rate training sessions for Funding Year 2018-19. This year training will include an overview and update on program rules and procedures, highlight updates to the eligible services list and an extensive review of the new EPC Portal system.

During this session, participants will also receive information regarding the Colorado state matching funds opportunity. E-rate training is free and available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

It is highly recommended that all applicants new to the E-rate program attend this training. Lunch is on your own.

CSL Share & Learn – Greeley

On December 8, 2017, consultants from the Colorado State Library will be at Farr Regional Library in Greeley for CSL Share & Learn, a free event that combines professional development with time to share with colleagues.

The day’s agenda will include:

    • It’s not too late! Create a basic marketing plan for your summer learning program that you can implement right away.
    • Make your data work for you. Learn how to package and present data that represents your achievements and programs in ways that appeal to and resonate with your community.
    • Conversations with the State Librarian. Bring your questions about state or national topics, and share what’s going on in your area with Gene Hainer.
  • Small and large group sharing time. This is a time to “talk shop” with your colleagues, so bring any questions or topics you’d like to chat about.

 

Learn more and access the full agenda.

Please register by December 4, 2017!

 

Promising Practices: Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success

Join us for a new brand of CSL in Session…Promising Practices!

We want to ensure that our student learners are effective collaborators who can thrive in today’s work force. And yet, how many of us adult learners have received guidance or training in collaborating effectively? What are the key ingredients of exemplary collaboration? And, how can we grow and provide guidance for others in this skill? Attend our webinar Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success on Dec. 4th from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.

Below is the link to join us in December, and no pre-registration necessary. Space is limited to the first 100 participants!”

 

Reflections from the Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2017

On November 16 & 17, 2017, I attended the 3rd annual Library Marketing & Communications Conference, held in Addison, Texas. For two days, library marketers from diverse backgrounds came together to learn from experts and practitioners about the many facets of this topic, including media, public relations, partnerships, user-centered design, data-driven decision making, and the marketing cycle.

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Using Data to Understand Your Community & Measure Impact

The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present this webinar on using data to understand your community needs and measure impact. Community assessment is a formal process of identifying aspirations, challenges, and needs in a target population to make decisions, determine priorities, set objectives, and explore alternative approaches. The results of community assessment can aid in the planning and implementation of relevant library services. Learn how various data can inform library decisions and how PLA’s Project Outcome can help measure the impact your programs and services are having on those you serve.

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and ask questions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to identify available sources of data about their community;
  • Be able to apply strategies for analyzing data to inform how the library can better serve its community;
  • Know how to align Project Outcome with community needs; and
  • Understand how outcomes data help measure the impact of programs and services.

To learn more and to register, please visit the Public Library Association website.

CSL in Session: Speaking Finance: Creating a Value-Oriented Marketing Plan for Your Library

A powerful story about a child discovering a love of reading and lifelong learning will likely endear many people in your community to the library. However, it may leave those who are more concerned with tax dollars and the financial bottom line unmoved.

One of the keys to successful marketing is learning to speak the language of certain groups and creating a targeted marketing plan based on what those groups need from the library. Join us as we practice “speaking finance” in order to market libraries from a financial standpoint, argue for the economic benefit of public libraries, and demonstrate the investment opportunity that exists within our libraries.

We will share tools and marketing strategies designed to help even the most financially illiterate among us make a persuasive case for the continued funding of public libraries using hard, tangible numbers.