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You’ve heard about Project Outcome and are ready to get started. But what does it take to successfully implement Project Outcome in your library? This webinar covers good practices for on-boarding staff, building internal support, and organizing your data collection team. Learn some of the steps libraries have taken early on to launch Project Outcome and spark support for outcome measurement, whether in a single library or an entire system. This webinar features Project Outcome users who will share their success stories and lessons learned.
PLA's field-driven initiative, Project Outcome, is a FREE online toolkit offering an innovative and easy-to-use platform for public libraries to measure the impact of their programs and services. For the first time, public libraries have access to an aggregated set of outcome measurement data and analysis tools they can use to affect change within their communities and beyond. This on-demand webinar provides an overview of the toolkit and examples of how libraries have been able to benefit from using Project Outcome.
Explore various ways to make goal-setting work for you, whether those goals are personal or work-related. Do you start the year out with a list of things you want to accomplish, but slowly as the year progresses, you lose sight of what you wanted to make happen? You are not alone! Discussed are different systems for goal-setting, including for yourself and your teams, strategies to make sure your goals are manageable, and ways to stay on track. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
Third in a series of three webinars designed to help library leaders and staff turn their Project Outcome results into action. This on-demand webinar builds upon previous sessions about good practices for communicating about data and developing effective messaging; it focuses on how to incorporate Project Outcome survey results into grant applications. Participants hear from an evaluation expert and other library leaders about their own experience and lessons learned from communicating their Project Outcome survey results.
The end of each year brings a deluge of lists with everyone and their neighbor weighing in on what are the "best" books. But are this year’s “best” titles a sure bet to recommend to your readers? And what happens in a few months? What lists can we fall back on as we work with readers no matter the season? Readers’ Advisory specialist Becky Spratford takes you down this year’s "best" list rabbit hole, makes sense of reading trends, and starts you off on crafting your plan to help your patrons find the right reads.
Are you interested in increasing your outreach to families? Are you wondering how you might elevate family voice in the work that you do? Are you thinking about how to develop stronger community partnerships in support of families? In their recent report Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association outlined five important processes that build successful family engagement pathways.
Library space design traditionally begins with contents and collections. Dokk1, Aarhus (Denmark) Public Libraries' new main library that opened in 2015, embodies a shift in philosophy: library design for people. Through a highly inclusive process the library became a space that empowers its citizens. This on-demand webinar focuses on planning spaces for discovery, creation, participation, learning, performing, and innovation. Whether you are thinking about repurposing space, renovating, or building a new library, designing for people is an essential space planning concept. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
Do you want to move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community? This on-demand webinar will assist you with identifying an underserved segment of the community and developing an outreach plan. Instructors will give unique examples of outreach to underserved Spanish speaking communities and solicit audience participation. This on-demand webinar includes an outreach toolkit. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
How do we move from a scattershot evaluation process which nearly everyone dreads to one that effectively resolves issues and motivates employees to stretch with full managerial support? The Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library has developed a hybrid evaluation process that achieves these goals yet remains flexible enough to work for all employees. Most people dread evaluations; this library has worked hard to make them inspirational and effective. Hear their story and see what they’ve developed. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
Productivity and planning expert Kari Chapin shares actionable tips and tricks that you can start immediately. These productivity tips and tricks will help you take back your time, starting with your morning routine and ending with your evening wind down—and everything in between. Focused on habits you can build, time management strategies, and an encouraging realistic approach, this on-demand webinar will help you see your typical day in a new light. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE