Award-winning school librarian Kim Borden outlines why you need to be advocating for your position during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a three-phase reopening plan template for your library that you can customize and share with your administration.
What will schools look like for the fall of 2020? Experts aren’t quite sure yet, but they have a lot of ideas for what reopening school looks like. Get tips and resources for creating a safe school environment when students return to classrooms.
From staff procedures to traffic flow to room layout, this planning guide will help you figure out what you need to think about when you open your doors back up to the public.
As students bring books and other materials back to your library, the question of how to ensure staff and student safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about how to quarantine library materials.
As books and other materials start circulating from your library again, the question of how to ensure patron and staff safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about quarantining your materials.
You’re never at a loss for ways you could increase your library services to better serve your students and your community. Unfortunately, you don’t always have the funds to pursue your vision, but knowing how to write a winning grant application can help. Successful grant writer and educator Mary Bangert provides six tips for writing effective grants and getting the funds you need to support your mission.
In the same way that companies use data to target specific customers, libraries can use data to identify supporters and plan a targeted library campaign. Learn how EveryLibrary uses data to inform their messaging and rally support for libraries — and how you can do the same.
Join Mover and Shaker Erica Freudenberger as she shares her experience of embracing community engagement to create a democratic, community-led organization and revitalize a library and community.
Learn about the numerous challenges the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County overcame to implement a mobile service model, how it positively impacted service and how you can do the same.
Marketing your library can be a struggle — you have so many great resources, but how can you promote all of them? And what’s the best way to get the word out? Library veteran Cathy Hakala-Ausperk offers advice for your marketing questions.
Support (and opposition) for your library can come from some interesting places in your community — and it’s all about relationship-building. Start developing long-term relationships that can result in positive support for your library campaigns.
Searching for ways to make your librarian resume stand out to hiring managers? Look no further for the answers to all your questions.
We asked five libraries to tell us about how this one product helped them do more with their media collection. See what they had to say.
As a follow-up to his popular Book Doctor blog posts, expert John Ison answers your specific book repair questions, both common and unique. Learn how to remove a grease stain, fix the spine on a children’s book and what to do when your cat attacks your paperwork.
Library content marketing expert Angela Hursh answers librarians’ questions about how to ramp up their library’s newsletters. You’ll learn the best content to include, how to find it, and the most effective way to distribute your newsletter.
There’s no reason why you should stumble through your library career! Get tips on how to find a professional mentor and how to become one yourself.
Take it from an expert, you’ve got a lot of options in your library design “tool kit” — even if you’re working within space and budget constraints.
Do you wish your library’s marketing efforts were more effective, but you’re not sure what you’re doing wrong? Library marketing expert Angela Hursh shares 5 tips you can implement immediately to improve your library’s promotions and get results.
Learn how to evaluate your collection for diversity! Get diverse books and multicultural author suggestions, plus activities to help create a culture of inclusivity.
With less money in your budget and less time in your day, your marketing efforts may feel ineffective. Learn easy (and mostly free) ways to boost your library marketing.
We asked renowned librarians and authors at the top of their game about their job advice for new librarians. What they said are things we can all learn from!
Join the conversation! Madison Public Library staff reflect on the organization’s recent successes and plans for future community outreach programs and service.
Negativity in the workplace is catching, but even one person can change the equation and channel a healthy, uplifting environment for all! For all the details, read this Library Advice column from experienced library professional Cathy Hakala-Ausperk.
Your physical space is one of your library’s biggest assets. Wi-Fi tracking technology can help you visualize how patrons are interacting with that space, as well as inform new library programs and space changes.
With the proper circulation, protection and repair (CPR) solutions for book care, your collection lives on. Check out strategies for reviving materials.
It can be downright hard to land a library job. Cathy is here to help you ace your next interview.
Who can answer your tough library questions? Try Cathy. This experienced library professional has seen it all. She takes your most pressing questions and offers the straight-talking answers you can really use! In this debut column, get staff motivation and meeting advice.
Got pencil, crayon or ink marks in your books? Dirty covers? How about gum? The Book Doctor will teach you how to properly clean your books.
High acidity and books don’t mix, but what do you do about it? The Book Doctor to the rescue. Learn about book repair and why the right pH is so important.
Let library advocacy crusader, Patrick Sweeney help you get your library’s message out. Who knew bar coasters could prompt more library visits?!
Wordy, unclear or unconvincing messages are a snore. Find out how your library can use data and a 27, 9, 3 elevator pitch to arrive at an effective message.
What do you do if the cover of a book falls off? Hint: The right kind of book binding repair tape matters. In part 2 of this post, the Doc shows you what to do.
Your library’s role in the community is evolving. However, people may not understand this. Plus, if your library is trying to be everything to everyone, you’ll end up being nothing to anyone. See why it’s so important for your library to have a message and learn how to get the word out.
Hardbound books can take quite a beating, but sometimes you’ll need to step in for some book binding repair. In this post, the Doc repairs a broken hinge.
Grant writing can be daunting, but in this webinar, library consultant Catherine Hakala-Ausperk will help you and your staff to overcome rejection fears, write effective proposals and start bringing in more money!