Dr. Michael Merzenich is a pioneer in the field of brain plasticity, the study of the brain’s ability to change at any age. Over the last five decades, he’s witnessed the brain’s incredible power to grow over a lifetime, and now he’s using what he’s learned to help people of all ages live happier, healthier lives. Learn how your library can use Dr. Merzenich’s findings to make an impact on community health.
Summer reading program planning is a year-round affair. To help you stay on track and make your next program even more successful, we’ve developed this handy planning checklist.
ADA compliance extends beyond just physical spaces into the digital realm. Is your library prepared to serve patrons with visual impairments and provide adaptations to allow them to access your online resources? Learn why it matters and how you can address these needs with an ADA-compliant mobile app.
There are many reasons why members of your community may not be able to visit the library. But just because they can’t make it to a physical branch doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in the services you provide. Learn three ways technology can make it easier for remote patrons to engage with your library.
The adult age group is historically hard to engage in summer reading programs. In this post, we highlight creative ways to increase adult awareness of and participation in your program and set your library (and your patrons) up for success.
You’re already aware of your community’s need for health literacy programming, but did you know that you don’t have to go about offering this service alone? We have suggestions for five local partners who will help you get the most out of your library’s community health initiatives.
If you already host a summer reading program, you are likely used to putting a lot of time and effort into planning each year. Why not get more value out of those already invested resources? We have three tips to help you extend your literacy and community engagement efforts throughout the year.
When you’re working on launching a mobile app for your library, you’re going to want to consider a whole slew of stakeholders from the very beginning through the go-live date. In this post, we offer some suggestions on how you can engage three important groups of stakeholders from the beginning to gather their input, gain their support and ensure your mobile app launch is a success.
Brain training works! Brain training doesn’t work! Why the back and forth? Learn from Dr. Henry Mahncke of Posit Science how to take a step back to see the full evidence for brain training and which specific types of training are shown to be effective.
You may have heard of libraries using Wandoo Reader to manage their reading programs, but did you know that the software can actually be used for so much more? From book clubs to staff training programs, we’ve got three creative ideas that will help you meet your community and staff engagement goals in no time.
Odds are that many of your patrons rely on their smartphones for access to your library. Is the mobile experience you’re offering meeting their expectations or does it leave something to be desired? In this post, we compare mobile-optimized websites and mobile apps to help you plan a mobile strategy that works.
The OCLC’s latest research shows that a majority of US voters value public libraries, yet they aren’t supporting them where it counts — in the voting booth. In this post, we present key action items for libraries to garner funding, based on the “From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018” report.
What if there was a way to help patrons find what they need on the Web while minimizing the effort that goes into creating metadata? There is, and it’s called Linked Data! Learn more about the promise of Linked Data — and why MARC records need to make room for it — here.
You’re likely focused on engaging your patrons, but what about empowering them as well? Since patrons know better than anyone else (including library staff!) what they want, we have three suggestions for ways to provide your patrons with the means, knowledge and skills to take advantage of the wealth of resources your library has to offer them.
If you’re going to extend your library’s reading program beyond the summer, you’re going to need even more engaging challenges to keep the excitement going. To help, we’ve come up with 20 fun ideas that you can easily implement. Read on to get inspired!
How would you finish this sentence? “My library ________.” Librarians who visited the Demco Software booth at the 2018 Public Library Association conference answered this question and took it one step further, expanding on the ways their libraries engage and make a positive difference in their communities. Read on for a sampling of the many ways libraries across the country are connecting with and supporting their communities, and prepare to be inspired!
Connecting the dots between cognitive health and the programs you offer can help reinforce the value your library brings to your community. Read these programming tips submitted by librarians to gain more ideas for driving health initiatives in your own library.
ALA’s “2018 State of America’s Libraries” report details current trends in libraries and the public’s perception of them. Keep reading to find three actionable insights we’ve identified based on those trends to help your library engage your community like never before.