Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date April 8, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Marketing in libraries is often an afterthought rather than a priority embedded in planning. But times are changing! Community members now have more choices for books, information, entertainment and assistance. Don't let your library become invisible due to perceived lack of time, money or marketing savvy. Jamie will help you think differently to achieve the basics of effective marketing without a ton of money or staff. From promotional videos to eye-catching emails, you'll learn about marketing techniques and tools available to even the smallest of libraries. Discover simple ways to gain attention and increase attendance.

Presented by: Jamie Matczak

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date June 18, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: Length: 1.5 hour

Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us for this webinar to learn some basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you'll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.

Presented by: Mary H Stein

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date September 23, 2014
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

In the old days, a well-written press release and a few posters did an effective job of reaching your community. We now live in a time where people expect to receive information through their preferred communication channels. With so many options and limited staff and time, what can a library do?

  • Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and Instagram. Your library hardly has enough time to create print and web promotional materials - how can you possibly add more marketing channels?
  • Your Facebook presence only has a handful of followers, should you keep going or give up?
  • Is there one marketing channel or a combination that is right for your library?

If your library is struggling to answer these and other questions around multichannel marketing, then you will want to join this webinar. Nancy Dowd, co-author of Bite-Sized Marketing, Realistic Solutions for Overwork Librarians will help library staff sift through the confusion of multi-channel marketing to determine a pathway that is right for your needs. You will learn to understand the different communication styles needed for each channel and hear about pathways other libraries are implementing.

Presented by: Nancy Dowd

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date December 15, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to present your library statistics in a way that effectively communicates value. Learn quick and easy tips for visually displaying statistics that will enable you to tell a powerful story about your library, whether your data visualization aspirations consist of adding a few Excel charts to a board report or designing a complex infographic for your website.

Presented by: Linda Hofschire

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date July 13, 2023
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Being intentional and inclusive in the design of your library’s communications, in both physical and digital library spaces, can support and enrich your library’s accessibility, diversity, and equity. The graphics, language, or format selected for communications provide an opportunity to create more welcoming spaces which reflect and represent your community’s diversity, including—but not limited to—race, gender, or neurodiversity. Explore the importance of inclusion and representation in design and take a fresh look at how your library’s signage, marketing materials, and online communication can contribute to a sense of belonging for all.

Presented by: Mollie Peuler

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date June 29, 2017
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

How did a small two-person library capture national media attention, become a focus of high-profile museum exhibits, and generate 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years? They built on a framework of eight values to drive innovative services and greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of their users. With a combination of free and low-cost web tools, savvy marketing, and innovations borrowed from archives and museums, Kenn Bicknell embarked on an aggressive digitization and outreach program to push information out to his constituents in creative, engaging ways. Find inspiration and practical ideas that can breathe new life into your collections and keep libraries front and center in users' lives.

Presented by: Kenn Bicknell

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 6, 2015
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

The future is a visual place. The media is dominated by image-based sharing. Carefully designed ads and brands are constantly bombarding us. Such a visually stimulated world raises important questions about visual literacy but it also asks questions about how libraries are communicating without words. What do our materials and use of images say about us? How are we engaging our communities with intentional graphic design?

This session will begin with basic graphic design principles and apply them to various print and electronic materials with the purpose of effectively communicating messages and engaging with communities. Emphasis will be placed on the practical considerations of the design process, software choices, where to find useful materials for including in designs, and places to be inspired. Attendees will leave with many free resource suggestions and an understanding of how to use design principles to create all kinds of materials from handouts and event posters to infographics and syllabi.

Presented by: Meggan Frost

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Format: Webinar, original date January 27, 2022
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Good signage in the library helps to create clarity and build awareness, while bad signage can lead to frustration and confusion. Has your library had to implement COVID-related signage? Has there been a review of other temporary and permanent signage? This session will look at recommended types of library signs and address aspects of library signage within crisis communications. We will also address how to conduct a signage audit, the importance of library branding and using templates, and internal communications as they relate to signage. Online resources will be shared and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion.

Presented by: Dr. Curtis Rogers

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date November 6, 2012
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

The human brain is wired to respond to images. Scientific studies of the brain are providing powerful insights for designing and delivering presentations that grab the attention of the learner. Once you understand the key concepts of strong visual communication, you can get unstuck from the stale text-and-bullet format of presentation. You don't need to be a designer to learn some simple tips and tricks that will punch up your presentations and wake up your audience.

Presented by: Betha Gutsche

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 26, 2016
Hosted by: Big Talk from Small Libraries, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

Our lovely small town library was stagnant. And then we discovered programming! The patrons slowly started coming alive, and getting excited about the monthly schedule. We jumped on Twitter and Facebook, and the numbers starting rising rapidly. Even exponentially some months. Our programs started conservatively, with some sedate topics (conversational French, yoga, and a museum tour). Then we went BIG- how to raise backyard chickens (with a real chicken in tow), beekeeping (with hives present), craft beer (with beer tasting), ukulele night (with 50 ukuleles all at play), wine and cheese tasting, cocktail parties, murder mystery night, soap making, etc. Then community groups started coming to us for space. It seems the busier we got, the more our schedule expanded. I will present this ten step talk on how to revitalize your lovely library to a vibrant community centre!

Presented by: Kathie Hogan

webinar iconFormat: Webinar, original date May 15, 2018
Hosted by: Infopeople
Length: 1 hour

Does your library struggle to promote its collection in a way that is attractive, maintainable, and – above all – successful at increasing circulation? Do your customers come to your library, head straight to the computers/hold shelf/self-checkout and back out again without browsing for materials?

In a time of digital downloads and two-day shipping, when the convenience of library service is of the utmost importance to both library staff and users, how do we get the attention of the average patron long enough to increase circulation and library use?

Visual merchandising is not just a tool for retail establishments. When done well, it can create a dynamic environment that encourages the customer to stay longer, check out more materials, and return for more. Public libraries can embrace the knowledge that retail stores have long used by taking some basic steps and applying some simple principles to organize library materials in a way that attracts attention and promotes use.

Presented by: Allison Fiscus

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 4, 2016
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

In 2013, Lincoln City Libraries was named an "American Dream Library" grant recipient by the ALA. Our grant-funded project, intended to add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners, included the creation of library use videos in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese languages. We'll share the challenges and rewards of partnerships, scriptwriting, filming, translation and promoting our video to welcome and introduce new users to their libraries.

Presented by: Kathryn Kelley and Katie Murtha