Did your library's website grow quickly, perhaps without a clear direction or consideration for responsive design? Do statistics show that many pages on your site get low use? Sno-Isle Libraries is tackling these issues. They will share how they structured their project, the outcomes, and how they were able to get support for these unglamorous yet important web projects. Leave this session knowing the benefits of doing a website content analysis, usability studies, and the steps you can take to put your own project into action.
Public and academic libraries across the country are forming Makerspaces inside their libraries to provide patrons with the tools needed to innovate and create.
In an online panel facilitated by Charlie Bennett (Georgia Institute of Technology), learn how these spaces are being developed in Georgia libraries and discover the types of resources and services they provide. You may even find that you already offer a makerspace environment!
Panelists include representatives from three Georgia libraries that already operate a Makerspace: Michael Holt (Valdosta State University), Marlan Brinkley (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Sandy Springs Branch), and Andaiye Reeves (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Central Branch).
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –Fred Rogers
Children are non-stop learners, and are constantly growing their awareness of language and building the skills they will need to become good readers, not just when they are sitting and listening to a book, but also when they are negotiating with classmates, acting out a story, singing a new song, or drawing, painting, or scribbling.
How do you create robust literacy-based experiences for your children beyond sharing books in circle time? What are some road-tested activities that will reinforce their language and literacy learning in playful and age-appropriate ways?
In this webinar, Melissa Depper, an experienced children’s librarian and Chair of the Selection Committee for the new CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy, will introduce the five winning picture books of the 2014 Bell Awards. The Bell Awards books are selected because they provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.
What we will cover:
- The role of your board
- Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
- Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
- Tips for strengthening your fundraising board
How do we deal with optimizing our websites for mobile? Create a standards-compliant website that we hope will be usable on mobile devices? Create a separate, simple site that we know will work for all mobile devices? Create a separate mobile site for each major device? Lots of questions, but few answers until lately. Responsive web design allows you to create a single site, but optimize it for different levels or sizes of devices. This is done based on the use of CSS Media Queries. One more option in creating mobile websites. See if it might be of use in your organization.
- What are the criteria for success for your volunteer program?
- How can you work with others to create a culture of measurement for volunteer engagement?
AbleNet presents a webinar that will help users adapt their computers for low vision. This will include tweaks to the Windows system (mouse, cursor and screen display among others), software programs which can assist and hardware solutions. Starting with the free and moving to the higher technology solutions, the computer can accommodate the needs of a low vision user. Frank Sapp, MBA, MS is the presenter.
This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:
- What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
- What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
- How do you determine reasonable costs?
- What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
- What other financial documents will funders want to see?
An introduction to the VuFind open source discovery layer, discussing both the capabilities of the sofware and the nature of the community that develops and supports it.
A brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with the projects' lead developer.