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Registration now open for fall! Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact

2017 September 5
by Kyla Hunt

Small Library Management Training ProgramWe’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 SLM Advanced session, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact!

Registration is now open for fall dates; spring dates will be announced soon! Register here:

Fall 2017

October 9                   Lubbock
October 10                 Amarillo
December 7               New Braunfels
December 8               Uvalde
December 11              Mount Pleasant
December 12              Diboll

Spring 2018:

TBD                             Bedford
TBD                             Waco
March 5                      Wichita Falls
March 6                      Abilene
May 17                         Alpine

Additional Dates and Locations TBD

Program Description

One of the most important roles of the library manager today is the articulation of the value, benefit, worth and impact of their library to

  • users and non-users (general public and community-at-large),
  • their umbrella institutions,
  • advisory and governing board members,
  • stakeholders and partners including profit and not profit entities.

This 6.5 hour workshop will integrate classic and still-successful techniques with today and tomorrow’s new visualizations. Content will be presented through extensive examples of successful stories and will include

  • best practices of storytelling with both anecdotal and data content;
  • provide extensive information on how managers can illustrate with the simple data they already have; and,
  • how managers can add layers of data to provide an even bigger, more significant picture.

Participants should leave this workshop confident in telling the story of their library using classic, enhanced, and best practices of current data and storytelling techniques. Focus will be placed on engaging your community with visually-striking presentations and strategically-delivered information and in verbally communicating the library’s value clearly and concisely with ease.

Julie Todaro has been a library manager for over thirty years and has experience in all types of libraries and library settings. She has been a long-time faculty member of the Small Library Management series, is a Dean in a community college library, consults, presents workshops, and is an author and frequent presenter at association conferences and in organizational settings. Julie is the immediate past president of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest association for librarians and her presidential initiative focused on the expertise and value of librarians and library workers as well as the value of libraries and their services, resources and programming. Todaro is also the author of Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Mentoring A to Z (Neal-Schuman, 2015).

CE Credit: 6.5 TSLAC CE hours

Audience: All are welcome, though these workshops are designed for staff without Master’s degrees in Library Science serving communities of less than 25,000 people.

Cost: FREE!

Contact Kyla Hunt if you have special space, equipment or language needs.

NOTE: TSLAC’s 2017-2018 Advanced SLM focus is an exciting new curriculum design that includes the one-day workshop as well as two companion webinars exploring infographic and presentation tools to supplement the creation of visual storytelling content. This connected curriculum will result in significant opportunities for library managers to not only create their own content, but to expand their awareness of other successful “stories” used in Texas libraries as well as critical data created and made available to them by TSLAC initiatives. We will be announcing the dates for the webinars soon!

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