Just in time for the holidays, we are here with a bonus episode to our Season Two series. It’s a topic we all need now: Stress Management. Whether you are struggling with finals, trying to wrap up paperwork before the end of the year, or just working to get that darn snow shoveled – we understand! (We’re in Minnesota; we really understand the snow!) So this podcast will help us all to just take a break, to have a moment to relax, and to gather some tools for you to work on your own stress management skills.
Programming in libraries is the tool we use to connect our services with our community members. All libraries and archives do some level of programming, and for most of us doing more is better. But finding time to develop programs our community members want and need, advertising it to everyone, getting needed materials, doing the programming, and doing evaluation of the results is a lot to handle! To help us with this, we have Guest Host Angie Yanke, from Zimmerman Middle-High School.
We have talked about building connections across your community, and programming can be a tool you use to reach out to connect people with your materials and resources. This is something very individual to each library or archive or history center – everyone will have a different population needing to be reached.
Some jobs are all programming and outreach, all the time. Most public services library people will be doing some level of programming, in addition to their other work. So, how do you know what to do? If you are new to your job, or new to doing programming, or just want to spice up your programming offerings in your library, where do you start? We have a few tips!
This week we are talking about professional conferences: attending them and presenting at them. This is your chance to meet other people who do what you do, who like the same things you like, and who are experiencing some of the same challenges you are facing! In our system, made up of all types and sizes of libraries, we have many people who are solo library workers, or who work with a very small group of people. That kind of isolation can be tough, so conferences are a great way to be sure you connect with other people in your area of the library world! And, as you are part of a big profession, this is also a chance for you to be giving back to everyone else with your ideas, your experiences, and your material.
We all work better when we are working together, and sharing information is a responsibility of being part of a community. (plus, it’s really fun to present at conferences! You get to feel like you are contributing, and you get the chance to really talk about issues and ideas that are important to you!)
“A special library is a library that provides specialized information resources on a particular subject, serves a specialized and limited clientele, and delivers specialized services to that clientele. Special libraries include corporate libraries, government libraries, law libraries, medical libraries, museum libraries, news libraries, and nonprofit libraries. Special libraries also exist within academic institutions, including law school libraries and medical school libraries. These libraries are included as special libraries because they are often funded separately from the rest of the university and they serve a targeted group of users.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_library
Genealogy work is an important part of local history work, and very popular in public libraries. We have a few big libraries with a lot of resources; but most libraries will have some useful resources people can use as they do their own genealogy work, including access to Ancestry.com
Libraries and gardens. At first, they may not seem to have much in common; but we grow ideas and knowledge already – and many of us also grow plants, flowers, trees and vegetables!
Thank you to all the libraries who responded to our call for information and photos – everything we discuss today came from these libraries, eager to share their information!
Our Spotlight Library this week has one of the most famous library gardens: the Salt Lake City Public Library. Check out the links we provide, and look around at all the great photos of this beautiful building, with their rooftop garden and their community garden!
For all our links, photos of the gardens we discuss, and any other information we have to share about library gardens, check out our website!
This week we are looking at all sorts of library programs. Libraries are all about connecting with our communities; and programs aimed at different community members can be some of the most valuable work we do!
This week we talk about a variety of programs in all sorts of libraries, and look at our Spotlight Library: The Evanston Public Library in Illinois.
For more information about programs, and links to all the libraries we discussed in this episode, check out our website!
Makerspaces are an exciting trend in libraries of all types and sizes. Although their traditional programs are STEM/STEAM based technology learning, they can involve all sorts of programs that inspire patrons to try new skills and to create new things.
Our spotlight library this week is the Lewis and Clark Elementary Media Center in Liberty, MO. They are not only doing some very interesting work with their makerspace, in addition to sharing ideas for starting your own makerspace!; they also have some great resource for their community.
In this episode, we look at library outreach programs. Tune in here to learn about ALA resources, and libraries that are doing some interesting outreach programs that you can try. We share some books we are reading. And our Spotlight Library of the week is the Hennepin County Library; listen to find out all the great things they are doing!