Make Your Summer Reading Program Really Count

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When it comes to the role libraries should play in their communities, Lisa McClure doesn’t mince words: “Librarians often don’t think big enough!” Formerly the Youth and Family Services Director at Hartford Public Library in Hartford, Connecticut, McClure now serves as Community Engagement Manager with the Libraries Division of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—and… Read more »

Create a Virtual Tour of Your Library

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Business owners will tell you the most difficult part of making a sale is just getting customers through the door. Perhaps your library faces a similar challenge. Google Maps Business View (GMBV) enables your patrons to take that first step into your library in a way that has never been more convenient—using only their computers or smartphones…. Read more »

Get a Head Start on Your Summer Reading Setup

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Yay! It’s January, so, first off, Happy New Year! And second, it’s cold—and getting colder. So, it’s a safe bet that you didn’t wake up this morning and immediately think of summer reading. Understandable. However, if you put a little time into it now, you’ll be thanking yourself by the time summer rolls around. That’s… Read more »

Get More Room-Booking Power with Spaces

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Whether you currently use Spaces to manage your library meeting rooms or you’re just curious about this room-booking tool, we wanted to show you how you can put your best foot forward with Spaces. Using Images Assuming you’ve staged your rooms carefully, you probably have some decent shots to share with the room-booking public. There… Read more »

Slay Energy Vampires
for Surprising Savings

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You may think your library is pretty energy efficient, but chances are you can do even better in the energy conservation department—and you can save a surprising amount of money in the process! Purchasing Energy Star appliances for the break room and making sure the staff turns off the lights in areas that get very…

How to Create a Video Trailer in Under Five Minutes

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How To Make A Video Trailer using Magisto

When it comes to creating some buzz around your events, writing a really good description and title are key to enticing folks to sign up. But why not take things to the next level? If you want to get more people in for storytime or maybe a reoccurring teen program, creating an event preview trailer is… Read more »

Use Social Media to Identify Local Trends

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Coming up with compelling program ideas month after month can be a grind—especially if you’re not sure just what will get patrons in the door. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to identify what’s trending in your area, and you can use the insights you gather to inform your programming decisions. We’re going to discuss… Read more »

How to Broadcast Your Events for Free

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You put a lot of work into your programs, right? Well, that’s what we’re assuming anyway. 😉 With all that it takes to generate great programming, we think everyone should be able to see what you’re up to. In fact, we think you’re ready for primetime. So, have you ever considered broadcasting story time or… Read more »