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**FREE August 2015 Webinars from WebJunction and Your New York State Library**
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August 2015 Webinars

Remember, if you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are archived and available when you are in the course catalog!

Because Advocacy Never Stops: New Tools for Taking Action
Thursday, August 13, 2015 ♦ 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 90 min


This webinar will highlight free, newly revised downloadable materials for public libraries distilled from landmark advocacy and awareness-building programs.

Learn about two resources scheduled for release in summer 2015: updated curriculum from Turning the Page including tools, worksheets and training materials you can adapt locally to grow your team’s advocacy knowledge and abilities; and a new online guide that walks through each step of planning and carrying out a local library awareness campaign modeled after Geek the Library.

Hear from library leaders who have put these ideas to work to build advocacy know-how, increase staff confidence, and engage more deeply with the community. Whether you are looking to get started, or seeking to maintain momentum following a recent advocacy effort, join us to discuss strategies to take your library to the next level.

Presented by: Lance Werner, Director, Kent District Library; Cathay Keough, Statewide Coordinator, Reference Services, Delaware Division of Libraries & Executive Director, Delaware Library Association; Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager, Manatee County Public Library; Barbara McGary, Executive Director, James V. Brown Library; Julie Meredith, Library Director, Clarkston Independence District Library; Mary Lou Carolan, Director, Wallkill Public Library

Best Small Library in America 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 ♦ 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min

Registration: belgrade-community-library.html

With just six staff members serving a community of 12,700 outside of Bozeman, MT, the Belgrade Community Library won this year’s Library Journal Best Small Library in America Award. This award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000.

What is Belgrade’s secret award-winning sauce? With a robust volunteer base, they have re-imagined library services and aggressively developed new outreach efforts to meet the community’s changing needs. The result is intense engagement and support from the community and an impact beyond Belgrade’s borders through leadership to small libraries throughout the state. Learn how to replicate and adapt Belgrade’s ambitious outreach efforts on a small-library budget.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, and will include an overview of the nomination process and details for next year’s award (Deadline: September 9).


Presented by: Gale Bacon, Director, Rebekah Kamp, Children and Youth Services Librarian and Keiley McGregor, Public Services Librarian, all at the Belgrade Community Library; and Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal.