ALA's Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. Conversations happening at the summit include partnerships with academic libraries as well as tribal libraries, avenues for unique library funding, and more. All summit attendees are encouraged to join these conversations and share resources from their library and communities.
The Rural Libraries Summit is May 25-26 and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so please save your seat!
Do you have an idea, innovation, collaboration, or case study you think other public libraries would benefit from? Share it with your peers by submitting a PLA webinar proposal!
PLA webinars are a great opportunity to expand your presentation skills, grow your professional network, advance the public library field, and become more involved with PLA. Webinar proposals are reviewed by PLA staff and member volunteers on a biannual basis. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 31.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the proposal form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADANN 30th Anniversary Spotlight on ADA Resource Portals
The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network is hosting the "ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Spotlight Session focused on Regional Center Resource Portals" on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 1-2:30pm CT.
Description: Locating reliable and accurate resources and information on the Americans with Disabilities Act via the internet can be a challenge. Browser searches can bring up thousands of responses but it's hard to know which ones to trust. Members of the ADA National Network have built out extensive resource portals with links to key resources across all aspects of the ADA and related legislation. Join this session to learn more about these resources and what is available through the ADA National Network.
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 1-2:30pm CT
Method: Via Zoom Webinar Platform with Live Real-time captioning provided
WiLS 2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Period Is Open
Apply for up to $5000 from the WiLS Ideas to Action Fund!
The WiLS Ideas to Action Fund provides grants so member organizations can bring their project ideas to life. This message is to let you know that, as a WiLS member, you are eligible to apply and that the 2021 application period is open! The deadline to apply is June 28th.
ARSL Conference Scholarship Applications Now Accepted
ARSL Annual Conference
October 20-23, 2021 | Sparks, NV
The application window for the four (4) ARSL conference scholarships (the ARSL Angels, Dr. Vavrek, Founders, and Ken Davenport scholarships) is officially open. Interested applicants will have until Friday, May 28 to submit their applications.
Scholarship winners will all receive:
complimentary registration to the full ARSL annual conference
3 paid nights in the conference hotel
Dr. Vavrek and Founders Scholarship winners will also receive a fixed travel stipend.
None of the ARSL conference scholarships require applicants to have an MLIS or other degree to be eligible. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application before the opening of Early Bird Registration on July 6.
ARSL Program-Palooza Round Table: May 20th
Thursday, May 20 | 1 pm CT
Are you ready for summer programs? Bring your best program ideas, tips, and stories to share with your colleagues! How are you handling summer reading? What have you learned from virtual programming over the past year? As libraries start to reopen, how do you plan to put on in-person events safely?
ARSL wants to hear about your most successful programs—and the disasters that at least made a great story. Leave this roundtable with new program ideas for children, teens, and adults, as well as new connections in your ARSL community. Registration will open in early May. This TRAIN is free for all ARSL members. Non-members can join ARSL in the registration form.
The “Marketing Funnel” Approach to Customer Engagement
Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm
Most of us who work in marketing in libraries spend our time thinking about how to promote library programs, services and collections. We create and share messaging across platforms such as email, social media, website, news media and more. But have you ever paused to think about the many ways your customers interact with your library outside of your promotional messaging?
In most libraries, the policies, procedures and processes that dictate the customer experience are managed separately from marketing. But they shouldn’t be! After all, your marketing messages are promising an experience that your library has to deliver.
Join Cordelia Anderson, APR, to learn about the traditional concept of the “marketing funnel” to look at the ways that libraries get, keep, and sometimes lose customers.