Board in the Library, Part 5

John Pappas
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Published: 12 September 2014
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Board in the Library, Part 5

This has been quite an adventure! Let's recap a bit. We started this journey exploring modern board games in the context of our favorite childhood games. Then we examined the different types of modern board games and what makes them so unique from other mass-market and classic games. Following this we looked at the differences between thematic games (those with a strong narrative structure) and strategic games (those that reward planning ahead and tactical maneuvering) and their intersection. Then in the last article we looked at the types of interactions players have with each other and which games encourage social... Read more

Outside the Lines: A Chat with Stacie Ledden and Amber DeBerry

Mantra Roy, Stacie Ledden, and Amber DeBerry
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Published: 05 September 2014
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Outside the Lines: A Chat with Stacie Ledden and Amber DeBerry

Have you felt the need to re-state the purpose and role of your library in the community? Have you wondered if patrons and community members can be re-introduced to the dynamic center of community your library has evolved into? That is exactly what Outside the Lines is poised to achieve.

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration from September 14 to September 20, 2014, to showcase the delights your library offers to your community members, and to reconnect your community with your innovative services and resources. 136 libraries across the United States and Canada are currently signed up to participate... Read more

For Social Good: Libraries and the Sharing Economy

Mantra Roy
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Published: 03 September 2014
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For Social Good: Libraries and the Sharing Economy

Have you ever wondered what the sharing economy is, and how libraries fit in?  TechSoup's July webiner, "Kickstarter, Uber, Airbnb, Oh My! What the Sharing Economy Means for Social Good," offers a good explanation and includes specific examples from both the for-profit and non-profit sides of the issue. The webinar began with a real-time poll on how many attendees thought they were participating in a Sharing Economy (SE). 49.2% polled they were not sure. The first speaker, Jeremiah Owyang, Chief Catalyst and Founder of Crowd Companies, acknowledged that libraries formed the original model of a sharing economy because patrons share... Read more

Learn by Doing: Teaching Tech to Patrons

Anna Shelton
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Published: 02 September 2014
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Learn by Doing: Teaching Tech to Patrons

Teaching technology can be daunting. But anyone can become a better technology trainer, says Crystal Schimpf, Library Training Consultant and Kixal CEO. In a recent webinar, summarized below, Schimpf shared ten clear, down-to-earth technology training tips – and left participants raving. Thanks to ALA's Learning Round Table for hosting this webinar in collaboration with WebJunction.org. Don't focus on the technology – focus on the teaching. In Schimpf's experience, it's often not the technology part of the equation that is the greatest challenge in teaching technology – instead, it's the teaching part. One of the best ways to become a more... Read more

Open to Possibilities: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy

Mantra Roy
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Published: 29 August 2014
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Open to Possibilities: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy

Do you have great ideas to advocate for your library? Maybe you have charted ways to raise awareness about your programs, but who will go out of the library and do the work? You have a wonderful but already over-stretched staff. Do you have a good team of volunteers? Have you trained them to achieve your goals? If you have questions about how to recruit and train volunteers, you want to check out our recent webinar, "Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy", presented by Sara DeVries, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Herrick District Library, Michigan.

The webinar is divided... Read more

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