November Webinars

Please join us for these two webinars in November!

popup civics labFacilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming

Wednesday November 6, 2019 @noon Pacific Time, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Amy Holcomb and Christine Goertz

In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. In this webinar Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, will discuss the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. Additionally, they will cover why civic engagement is inherent in library services as well as the lessons learned from three years of civic literacy programming. This webinar will be of interest to: librarians, programming staff, information specialists, directors and assistant directors in public libraries

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Eliminating Fines: A Win-Win for Your Library and Community

Wednesday November 20, 2019 @noon Pacific Time, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern

Presented by: Beth Crist and Meg DePriest

Libraries have traditionally charged overdue fines for three reasons: to generate revenue, to get materials back on time, and to teach responsibility. But what if all of these assumptions are wrong? It turns out they are! In this webinar, you will discover why these reasons are old fashioned, incorrect notions that create a barrier for many people. You will hear how eliminating fines can lead to an increase in library use and circulation, with no negative effects. Presenters Beth Crist and Meg DePriest will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will discuss how to gather your libraries’ data and patron stories to create advocacy tools. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. It’s a win-win for your library and community! This webinar will be of interest to: public library staff and directors and anyone interested in advocating for this policy change that welcomes more community members into public libraries.

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