25 August 2011

Webinar - 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/406997026
Cost: Free

You’ve probably heard that big budget and policy changes are afoot in Washington, DC – and perhaps that constituent voices are more important than ever. In fact, advocacy is the buzz word du jour – but does the word itself resonate with library supporters who are not already engaged in grassroots activities? What does “advocacy” mean, and how does it translate into action? Library trustees, members of friends groups, librarian advocates, and library supporters of all kinds can do many things to make advocacy a meaningful word. Join this webinar to learn about ten easy actions, including writing personalized letters, building coalitions in your community and even using social media outlets to help develop and deliver your message. If America’s libraries are going to survive these difficult times, we need your voice – and your action.

You must pre-register for this webinar, and space is limited. Visit http://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/4069970526 to sign up.

23 August 2011

Webinar - Worse than Death? Public Speaking for Library Staff

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Public speaking is often listed as one of the top fears people experience. Some even rate it more frightening than death! As library staff, we may be called upon to speak in a variety of contexts, such as promoting library services in the community or providing a training workshop.

Material for this webinar was drawn from interviews conducted with library leaders, membership in organizations such as Toastmasters, and experience in a variety of public speaking contexts, from teaching communication skills workshops to presenting speaker introductions. Recent research provided in this webinar will offer new techniques and insights that can help most people improve their public speaking abilities.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be able to identify:

•A barrier to effective public speaking and at least one strategy for overcoming that barrier.
•At least five practical tips for speaking effectively in front of any audience.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone from the library community looking for ways to improve their public speaking skills.

Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/worse-death-practical-tips-public-speaking-library-personnel beginning at 2:30 PM on August 25th to join in.

19 August 2011

Amsterdam Free Library to Host Library of Congress Exhibit

A Library of Congress traveling exhibition - mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck - will visit the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street in Amsterdam, on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24. The exhibit, which will feature fascimilies of many of the Library of Congress' most popular treasures, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. Amsterdam in the only library in NY scheduled to host this exhibition.

More information about the exhibition is available on Amsterdam's website at http://www.amsterdamfreelibrary.org, and on the Library of Congress' website at http://www.loc.gov/gateway.