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If you would like to request this or other materials from the State Library of Kansas, please use your library’s established interlibrary loan process. This collection is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Kansas.

Mar 31

Pivoting during the Pandemic (2021)

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 10:37 AM by Brian Herder

Pivoting during the Pandemic

Pivoting during the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere (2021)

Kathleen M. Hughes and Jamie Santoro

ALA Editions

9780838949740



When the pandemic suddenly forced many public libraries to close their doors or limit patron access, library staff redoubled their efforts to serve their communities in every way possible. Demonstrating their resilience by quickly pivoting to new modes of service, public libraries are continuing to offer innovative yet practical ways to connect patrons to the information and services they need and enjoy. Offering real-life examples of what it means to be a 24/7 library, this collection from the Public Library Association (PLA) and ALA Editions shares how several libraries transitioned to virtual and socially-distanced services. No matter your library’s current situation or outlook for the future, you’ll be inspired to adapt their ideas to suit the needs of your own organization. Among the initiatives and topics explored are

  • homebound delivery;
  • citizen science programs;
  • virtual reference advice;
  • services to small businesses;
  • remote readers' advisory and book chats;
  • early literacy storytimes;
  • health services outreach;
  • tech guidance for patrons;
  • wifi hotspot lending; and
  • tips for social media and marketing.

Mar 31

Marketing Plans in Action (2019)

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 10:37 AM by Brian Herder

Marketing Plans in Action

Marketing Plans in Action: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives and Cultural Organizations (2019)

Amanda L. Goodman

9781783304707

ALA Editions



You know you need to get the word out. But where do you start? How do you keep track of everything? Don’t work harder—work smarter. The key is to stay organized and focused through solid project management skills, and at the heart of it all lies an efficient workflow. Goodman’s invaluable resource is here to smooth the way with 72 time-saving guides that will streamline your processes. Addressing myriad marketing, publicity, and promotion activities, this book is packed with tried and true best practices and useful tips on such topics as

  • efficiently reviewing and tracking task requests from colleagues around your organization;
  • keeping people informed through project management tools and formal reporting;
  • developing and sustaining a network of media contacts in the community who will publicize your events;
  • crafting a consistent brand identity across the organization through language, logo, and colors;
  • creating and maintaining a public calendar for content;
  • designing mobile-friendly email messages and web pages;
  • segmenting email campaigns for maximum impact and engagement;
  • collecting user information while respecting privacy;
  • employing simple surveys for quick and useful feedback; and
  • handling complaints with grace.

With the help of Goodman’s step-by-step advice, you’ll be able to establish and maintain marketing communication strategies and workflows no matter your organization’s size.


Mar 31

Project Management in Libraries: On Time, On Budget, On Target (2018)

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 10:36 AM by Brian Herder

Project Management in Libraries


Project Management in Libraries: On Time, On Budget, On Target (2018)

Carly Wiggins Searcy

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1719-0



A recent study showed that only 53 percent of projects come in on budget and only 49 percent on schedule. So what does it take to be an on-budget, on-time finisher? Successful project management may seem like a quixotic pursuit, but it doesn’t have to be. Searcy, a certified Project Management Professional as well as a librarian, takes readers through mastering the key skills that will make it happen: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing. Applying project management principles in a library-project context, this book provides to-the-point guidance on

  • running effective and productive meetings by using a checklist approach;
  • treating people fairly while openly sharing information;
  • ways to simplify workflows by choosing the most suitable software program;
  • how to write a project charter;
  • the agile concept of self-organizing teams;
  • identifying risks and planning for the downside;
  • managing scope creep by maintaining realistic expectations; and
  • using a checklist to close projects so they stay closed.    

Library staff at all levels will be feel confident planning and executing projects with Searcy’s expert tutelage at hand.