Building a User-Friendly Library Website: Session 1
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Building a User-Friendly Library Website: Session 2
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Building a User-Friendly Library Website: Session 3
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Recorded webinars on issues related to advocacy, politics, and library funding.

Graphic Design for Libraries
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Title slide of "Infographics: Telling a Story with Data" presentation.

Slides from a presentation at the 2018 Association of Illinois School Library Educators conference, by Nanci Greene and Beth Greene.

Promoting your eCollection
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Libraries spend much of their collection budget on electronic resources and want to ensure they are being used by patrons. Tactics like displays, in-house and online advertising, social media app integration and print materials can help put your new collections on the map and increase the use of existing collections. Come hear about trends and ideas for marketing your electronic collections in this informative webinar.This webinar was presented by Melissa Ziel and Monica Dombrowski of the Gail Borden Public Library. The webinar lasts approximately 55 minutes. Please note that due to audio difficulties a very small portion of the broadcast was cut around the 47 minute mark.

Readers, Writers, Books and Blogs
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Revamping Strategies for Social Success
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About two-thirds of American adults are getting "at least some of their news on social media." Winning over followers and fans, and getting "likes," "shares" and "comments" can be challenging. We want our library events to be seen and attended. We want them to invite their friends. We want the library relevance, value and fun messages to permeate virtual channels. Discover how two libraries are using effective strategies that have dramatically increased their social media engagement with target audiences.
Natalie Kiburg of Gail Borden Public Library and Evelyn Shapiro of Champaign Public Library will share how their teams meet to brainstorm content, the use of effective local social influencers, new Facebook LIVE strategies, utilizing Facebook's Events, and continued training and increasing ROI for paid advertisements. Questions and answers to follow.

This recording is approximately 2 hours in length and was originally broadcast on October 25, 2018.

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Presentation recorded at DrupalCon North America 2019, by Lily Berman. The talk is focused on website development, but the two techniques discussed could be useful to libraries in telling their stories.

Several librarians gathered around books and a computer.

Archived webinars on a number of topics; most recordings are available for anyone to watch.

The Library of the Future – Learning with ALA's New Center for the Future of Libraries
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Why is right now an especially important time to think about the future of libraries? What current trends might point us toward likely futures? How are librarians working with their communities to develop their library of the future? Miguel Figueroa, from ALA's new Center for the Future of Libraries, will try to put some of this future-focus in context. He'll discuss some of the reasoning behind, and current focus for, the Center for the Future of Libraries. Pulling from the Center's trend library, he'll discuss some of the external forces that might influence libraries and library users. And he'll share examples from libraries and librarians that are already thinking in a future tense. There isn't a blueprint for the library of the future, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own thoughts and suggestions for what will shape our futures.

Presented by Miguel Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries. This webinar was originally broadcast on March 11, 2015 and is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes in length.

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Requires free WebJunction account for access to webinars and recordings.

Screen capture of WebJunction Course Catalog homepage.

Requires free WebJunction account for access to webinars and recordings.

Why Do I Like That Sign?
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Lynn Hoffman presented a webinar about signage in the library. You may know a great sign when you see it, but do you know what makes it great? The difference between an okay sign and a great sign can often be a small and simple thing. By learning the basic principles of effective signage, you can make sure your signs are actually doing what you need them to do.


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