The Social Library, Volume 6

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 31 March 2015
The Social Library, Volume 6

With the sixth installment of the Social Library, our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those organizations we follow on Facebook, we discovered a library showcasing new local music, #bookfacefriday, a call to future-thinking from SXSW, new research from the UK, and a great tie-in to Women's History Month.

Here's some inspiration from this week's featured organizations: The Library as Incubator Project shared a wonderful post by Bryan Voell, Local Arts Librarian at the Johnson County Library in Kansas, about The Listen Local Music Project. "Listen Local is Johnson County Library’s new blog dedicated to promoting the diverse... Read more

Research in Context: Making an Impact in Library Communities

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 27 March 2015
Research in Context: Making an Impact in Library Communities

At the 2015 ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago, Chrystie Hill, Director of OCLC's Community Relations, shared insights on how her team (including WebJunction), seeks to translate the knowledge, evidence and models available to public libraries, and put them into practice so that libraries can more effectively make an impact in the communities they serve.

As part of the presentation, Chrystie shared details about three projects that have been developed and delivered by OCLC's Community Relations team.

Outside the Box – an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun entertainment events in their local community using a placemaking process.

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The Social Library, Volume 5

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 24 March 2015
The Social Library, Volume 5

With the fifth installment of the Social Library, our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those organizations we follow on Facebook, we find libraries sharing music with their communities, another supporting budding entrepreneurs, new research from the Pew Research Center, one library honoring volunteers and another supporting community members and their hair.  

A number of libraries featured music events this week. Thanks to Geek the Library for sharing the article about Drumming Around Town with Jeromy A. Bailey, a new monthly series held at branches of the Arlington Public Library in Texas. The Aurora Public Library in... Read more

Vote for Our ALA Ignite Session

Anna Shelton
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Published: 23 March 2015
Vote for Our ALA Ignite Session

Going to ALA this summer? Pick your favorite ignite session proposals by March 31 to boost their chance of being selected. Decisions are based in part (30%) on votes from ALA members.

If you want to get inspired by an ignite session about key takeaways from local advocacy efforts at 3,000 public libraries from across the US, vote for “Advocacy in Action,” our joint proposal with the Public Library Association, featuring Turning the Page and Geek the Library!

From our description: What can advocacy efforts actually achieve? Prepare to be amazed. Join us on a tour de force of US... Read more

The Social Library, Volume 4

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 17 March 2015
The Social Library, Volume 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of our weekly feature highlighting some of the amazing work coming from libraries we follow on Facebook. Many libraries celebrated Pi Day on 3.14.15, and it was touching to see all the libraries honoring Terry Pratchett. Authors are such an important part of our library families.

Here are some fantastic things libraries are doing that we learned about this week:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services featured the Westchester Library System in their Project Profiles last week, highlighting their Creative Aging in the Libraries Project. The project, based in Westchester County, New York, has... Read more

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