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Get Outside the Lines at Your Library with Social Media

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You know your library rocks — but does your community know it? To change perceptions of the library, we need to demonstrate how the library is not only relevant but is also a place for fun and learning. Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration (September 11 – 17, 2016) that showcases the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

A big component of sharing this creativity is by way of social media. For a recent webinar, we invited Erica Grossman, creative lead in the Innovations Department at Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado, to share some tips for participating in Outside the Lines. Erica was part of the creative team that developed and launched Outside the Lines and is currently on its planning committee.

You can watch the full webinar here, but here are some of the highlights.  

Five Questions You Might Have About Measuring Outcomes

Among Americans who visited a library in 2012, one in five attended a class, lecture, or program for adults. Did those visitors enjoy the program? Did they learn something from it? Will they attend another program like that? Or was it not what they expected? Unless you have psychic powers, you won't know what your patrons got out of a program or service unless you ask.

TechSoup for Libraries recently teamed up with the Public Library Association (PLA) on a webinar that gave an overview of outcome measurement from Project Outcome. This new program from PLA provides simple tools for libraries to measure programs across seven common service areas. The webinar also featured a Project Outcome user from a small library. Our webinar speakers were:

  • Samantha Lopez, Project Outcome in Chicago, Illinois
  • Robyn Truslow, Calvert Library in Prince Frederick, Maryland

Make Your Library More Mobile-Friendly: Webinar Series

It should come as no surprise that mobile device use in libraries is increasing. Research from the Pew Research Internet Project indicates that 43 percent of American adults now own a tablet or e-reader, and 91 percent of Americans own a cell phone. Of those cell phone owners, 60 percent use their phone to access the Internet.

Creations from Scratch

A while back, I asked for examples of libraries providing training on programming languages. I recently found out that the Independence (KS) Public Library (winner of the Best Small Library in America award in 2012) is going to be offering a Scratch programming class this spring. 

Getting Started with Arduino: At the Library?

Many libraries are finding new ways to support DIY (do it yourself) culture in their communities. One of the things I'm seeing discussed is the arduino micro-controller, with some libraries providing arduino classes. I've found some resources and references, but would love to hear from you. What are you doing (or thinking about doing) related to arduino?

Is there a kit for that? Flip video cams make programming a breeze

In the last fiscal year, Sacramento Public Library increased its public program offerings by 32% over the previous year: 133,725 people attended some 5,213 programs throughout our 28 branch library system. At least part of the reason we’ve been able to increase our programming, despite all the "tough economic times" (this is Sacramento, California, remember) has been through the development of boxed programs for our staff.

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