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ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 9th, 2016|Blog|

By Nancy Maxwell, Virginia Public Library Lights, Camera, Advocacy:  Digital Storytelling for your Library ARSL 2016 A picture’s worth a thousand words – that was the message imparted in this workshop at ARSL.  Tech Soup’s Chrystal Schimpf did a wonderful job of showing examples of eye catching photos and interesting videos developed by libraries of [...]

ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 9th, 2016|Blog|

By Anne Lundquist, Cloquet Public Library I enjoyed the ARSL conference very much. Thank you to Arrowhead for helping to make my trip possible! Jodee Bock's keynote speech "Own Your Story" helped to set a positive,reflective tone at the conference. One book that she spoke highly of is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill first [...]

ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 7th, 2016|Blog|

By Liv Mostad-Jensen, Coleraine Public Library When planning which sessions to attend at the 2016 ARSL conference, I was drawn to sessions that had a programming focus, looking to find some inspiration for my own library. I was not disappointed! The following are a selection of my favorite sessions. How to Break Up Boredom This [...]

ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 7th, 2016|Blog|

By Crystal Phillips, Cook Public Library Teenagers Assemble! How We Revitalized Our Teen Program with a little help from the Avengers with Paul Daybell, Chelsey Hawkes, Adam Winger and Talysa Brimley Two years ago, the staff at North Logan City Library in Utah knew their teen program was struggling.  The library offered six teen programs [...]

MLA Conference 2016

By |November 7th, 2016|Blog|

By Carrie Boberg, Duluth Public Library I was so excited to get a chance to attend MLA and right here in my home-city of Duluth! I attended several sessions and here are some highlights:   Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books I’m often fascinated by the artwork in children’s picture books. I love the [...]

ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 3rd, 2016|Blog|

By Sue Sowers, Hoyt Lakes Public Library  First of all, thank you so much to Arrowhead Library System for providing funds to make attending this fantastic conference possible. The sessions were specifically geared to small libraries like ours, and were all presented by enthusiastic speakers who were passionate about their subject. Several of the sessions [...]

ARSL Conference 2016

By |November 3rd, 2016|Blog|

By Steve Devine-Jelinski, Moose Lake Public Library What does a librarian do on a long drive to a library conference?  Listen to an audio book of course!  So, that’s what I did.  Knowing that I was going to be hearing William Kent Krueger speak at the conference, I put in Ordinary Grace and spent the [...]

ARSL 2016

By |November 1st, 2016|Blog|

By Susan Hoppe, Virginia Public Library What was there not to enjoy about the Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference in Fargo?  The weather was great, there were more than 500 attendees from 48 states (the largest single group was from Minnesota!), and the sessions were difficult to choose from.   A number of [...]

Weekly Webcast Recap

By |October 28th, 2016|Blog|

Break the Cycle with Evidence-Based Analytics and Selection Library Journal November 9, 3:00pm Eastern Lack of an evidence-based approach to selection and distribution in public libraries can result in buying too many titles, or the wrong titles entirely, therefore creating a cycle of “buying to weed.” In the current climate, public library spending faces increased [...]

MLA Conference 2016

By |October 27th, 2016|Blog|

By Laurie Slattengren, Duluth Public Library I attended several useful sessions at the 2016 Minnesota Library Association Conference but the one that I’ve been thinking about the most is “Raising Your Library’s Profile with Google and Wikipedia Pages.”  This was presented by Christine Larson, Becca Peters and Kristin Hall, all from Metro State University.  In this [...]