MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Thinking Like a Journalist in a Library Setting

It isn't getting any easier to compete for attention spans. More than ever, we need to get to the point quickly and coherently. A library's staff does quite a bit of writing on a daily basis--from social media posts to newsletters, to press releases and blogs--we tend to have a lot of "news" to "report." If we think like a journalist, it helps us structure our writing and effectively tell our library's story, while also improving our chances to get some good press from local reporters.


Bringing Battle Back: Virtual Battle of the Books and How It Changed Everything

Battle of the Books has been a popular annual program of the Northville District Library for 15 years that draws in hundreds of patrons to participate and watch the event unfold each year. When NDL converted their Battle to an online format they brought in both old and new participants and changed the program for years to come. The NDL team will talk about planning, working with patrons to promote social distancing, dealing with technical and personnel hiccups, and looking towards the future. Participants will also gain access to the open-source scoring software specifically developed for both virtual and in-person Battle of the Books events.


Because They're Worth It: Building a Sustainable Staff Training Program 

Hear how the Capital Area District Libraries tackled an intricate training program that addressed need-to-know information for new hires, ongoing goals pertaining to specific positions, and professional focus areas such as technology, circulation, services and readers advisory. We'll look at tools they use such as monthly exercises, workshop series, and outcome measurements, in addition to how they continue to improve their program.


Sustainable Solutions for Library Facilities in the Face of the Climate Crisis

When planning and budgeting for capital improvement projects, consider making meaningful investments in sustainable design such as living roofs or walls and cutting-edge energy-efficient systems. Join architect Seth Penchansky for a discussion of sustainable design concepts and examples from local public buildings.  


Reimagining Library Advocacy


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