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Swipe Out Hunger Conference
Sponsored by the WI FoodShare Outreach Network
Friday, September 16, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Stevens Point, WI
Conference fee: $25 (covers meals). Many scholarships are available, and no one should hesitate to ask for one.
This conference is for everyone who is committed to ending hunger through increased enrollment in FoodShare WI.
Among the hot topics to be addressed are significant changes to the program's administration, which will be implemented by January 1. Workshops will include practical, everyday activities that are being successfully used in a variety of settings to keep food on families' tables while bringing back badly-needed dollars into their communities. One session will be entirely devoted to "outreach at the library," as well as one for emergency food sites (food pantries and soup kitchens). There will also be 2 sessions on outreach to seniors, a very underserved group.
You may also want to come Thursday night for Wisconsin's premier of Food Stamped, a new feature length documentary. (Attendance is free.) The Holiday Inn has a block of rooms reserved for the conference at the cost of $70/night for 1 person, $97/night for 2 or 3 people.
I will share more information as it becomes available.
WLA's Support Staff Section will host its annual One-day Conference for support staff from all types of libraries on Wednesday, May 25, at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union. At just $45 for members ($60 for non-members and $25 for students), this conference is a great value!If funds are tight, support staff are welcome to apply for a CE scholarship from OWLS.
Breakout session topics include implementing RFID, support staff certification, degree completion, how to find free multimedia software, and more! Joyce Latham, Ph.D., UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will provide a keynote address on "This is What Democracy Looks Like: Supporting the Right to Know."
Take a look at the complete schedule and register online today!
October 1-2, 2010
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Session topics include:
- Difficult Conversations
- Special-Services Cards for Outreach
- Every Voice Makes a Difference: Frontline Library Advocacy from Where You Sit
- Freak Out, Geek Out, or Seek Out: Trends, Transformations, and Change in Libraries
- Making Libraries Comfortable for All Patrons: Addressing the Particular Concerns Around Serving Individuals with Mental Illnesses
- What Does Certification Have to Do With Me? Am I Missing Something?
Identifying the Opportunity
Demographic trends indicate that Americans are marrying and having children later in life. At the same time, attendance at religious services and membership in community groups are declining. Libraries have an opportunity to step up and help adults in their 20’s and 30’s find community.
Libraries regularly have programs for children, teenagers, and seniors. Before dismissing the need for adult programming, consider the 3Vs:
- They Vote!
- They’re Viral – meaning active on social media
- They’re Vital members of the community.
Panelists and session participants suggested dozens of programs that have attracted young adults to their libraries. Here are a few. Review the presentation for more.
The “Girls Night Out at the Library” series at the Chicago Public Library was hands-on, interactive and low-tech with activities such as candle making at a program titled “Waxy Mavens”
“A World of Beauforts” in Beaufort, South Carolina was a food tasting festival that featured food from other towns and cities named Beaufort around the world.
In Kansas City “The New Cult Canon” invited young adults to the library roof for a film festival. They also held a Garage Band contest in the Library’s garage.
One library (sorry, I missed which one) held a literary speed dating event called “Hardbound to Heartbound.”
The Omaha Public Library offered “Board Silly” which combined board games and cocktails at the library.
Other programs included knitting/crocheting clubs at the library, World of Warcraft LAN parties, book clubs or discussions at bars or restaurants and at lunch hour, seed starting with heirloom seeds, art gallery crawls, Scrabble™ tournaments, trivia night, cake decorating, concert series, poetry events, stand-up comedy, financial planning, and employability workshops. This list is not exhaustive and more ideas will be added to the session site (http://sites.google.com/site/plaportland2010/) in the next few weeks.
Tips for Successful Young Adult Programming
The panelists shared several strategies that have made their libraries’ adult programming more successful:
- Partner with local community groups and businesses that cater to young adults.
- Have a social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Meetup.com, etc.).
- Create branding for adult programming that is age appropriate and differentiates it from children’s or teen programming.
- Consider after-hours programs and look into short term liquor licenses in your area.
- If library hours are limiting, consider holding programs after hours and/or off-site.
- Consider charging a small fee at the door or for drinks to support adult program budgets.
- Build an email list through event registration or sign-in; ask partnering groups to promote events on their email lists. Use email blast services like Constant Contact.
- Post flyers in local coffee shops and other places where younger adults congregate.
- Bring your giant library card (we have those!) and a camera everywhere you go. People love to be photographed with the giant card.
- Work with local media outlets: TV, radio, newspapers and local blogs.
- Build on the expertise and connections of library staff in this age category.
- Be persistent and consistent. If a program doesn’t work, don’t give up.
- Offer high-quality programming and word will spread.
I would love to know more about the programs OWLS libraries are offering for adults. Please share your successes and lessons learned with us!
Many thanks to the Appleton Public Library for inviting OWLS staff to attend their Virtual PLA sessions!
This trip is in danger of being canceled if enough people don't sign up, so please, register soon if you have been thinking about going and just haven't sign up yet!
OWLS, Fox Valley Library Council, and Winnefox Library System are hosting a bus trip to the ALA annual conference exhibits on Monday, July 13th. More information about the trip, costs, and a registration form are available at http://extranet.winnefox.org/ala2009.
NOTE: Many vendors are now offering free "Exhibits Only" passes. Details on how to obtain a free pass are included on the registration form linked above. Order yours today, and register for the bus trip if you haven't already!
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Hope to see you there!
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Registration for this event and the rest of the WAPL conference are available at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/wapl/conferences/2009/index.htm. There are some great programs planned, including this post conference opportunity to focus on what we all love - BOOKS!
See you there!
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This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) in observance of International Education Week 2008. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.wioc.wisc.edu/childlit/. Please register and pay by Monday, November 17, 2008. Registration payments will not be accepted at the event. For more information contact Rachel Weiss at (608) 262-9224, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
> from Channel Weekly, Vol. 11, No. 9, November 13, 2008, posted with permission
- Up-to-the-minute legislative and advocacy information and support.
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- Tools to help you meet professional challenges.
- and much more!
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