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Passive Programming for Adults


Having trouble garnering an audience for adult programs? Running low on ideas? Have little planning time? Not only are passive programs a means for increasing attendance and circulation, they also help gain patron interest and support for the library. Even better, they are fun to do both for you and your patrons! We’ll share several simple and successful passive programs and displays which can easily be replicated, you’ll create at least one idea of your own, and everyone will leave with enough ideas to plan passive programs for a year.


Intended Audience: Adult Services, Outreach, and YA/Teen Services Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Adult Services Division


C/SE, NE, NW: Pat Rainey and Debbie Socha, Medina County District Library


Professional Marketing @ a Small Library Price


This session focuses on low or no-cost marketing strategies. We will give examples of promoting the library and its services including: using part- nerships to design library logos, how-to videos to use eReaders, using effective displays, using a drill cart team in parades and functions, using library cards for services other than checking out, welcome wagon promotion materials, using local media and retailers, and using social media and websites/blogs. The program will allow plenty of time for questions and idea sharing. These strategies are geared toward small or branch libraries, but effective for larger ones as well.


Intended Audience: Administrative, Adult Services, Children’s Services, Marketing and PR, Outreach, and Technical Services Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Small Libraries Division


C/SE, NE, NW, SW: Jim Gill, Dover Public Library; Brian Hare, Liberty Center Public Library


QueRy: What are QR Codes and Why Should My Library Care?


QR Codes are popping up everywhere – in magazines,


advertisements, and in stores.


Libraries are taking note as well. What are these barcode-like squares? Are they just a fad? This session will provide a brief overview of the technology behind QR codes, simple ways in which they can be created, and unexpected opportunities to utilize them in a library setting.


Intended Audience: Marketing and PR Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Adult Services Division C/SE, SW: Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio


The Real Deal: A Guide to Nonfiction Readers’ Advisory


Readers’ Advisory has always been an important topic within libraries. Interest in nonfiction Readers’ Advisory has only taken off within the past 10-15 years. This short history will be discussed at the beginning of the program. The majority of the program will take a look at the resources available to assist patrons interested in reading more biographies/memoirs, U.S. and world history, science, technology, and other various nonfiction topics. There will be discussion on how to use the same appeal factors used in fiction Readers’ Advisory to find non-fiction resources our patrons will enjoy.


Intended Audience: Adult Services, Outreach, Support and Circulation Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division


C/SE: Jen Downing and Jen Johnson, Worthington Libraries


SW: Chris May and Mandy Shannon, Washington- Centerville Public Library


Selling Staff on Selling Books


Front-line staff don’t have time to promote Readers’ Advisory materials or to make reading suggestions using those materials – right? Tailoring RA materials to meet the demands of the fast-paced transactions at the circulation desk and the competing claims for attention at the reference desk can alleviate some of the concern. Ultimately, though, it’s vital to get staff to buy into the idea of promoting RA. Join two RA librarians as they discuss strategies they have implemented to increase staff buy-in, and how the process helped tailor RA materials to better meet the needs of staff and patrons alike. Join in at the end of the program as it is opened for discussion and idea generation.


Intended Audience: Adult Services, Marketing and PR, and Support and Circulation Staff


Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division


C/SE, SW: Chris May and Mandy Shannon, Washington-Centerville Public Library


Serving Tweens: Creating Great Programs and Spaces


Do you have unruly pre-teens running amok in your library? Not sure what to do with those tweens who are too old for storytime but too young for the zombie book club? Learn how to tame those tweens and turn them into your minions! We will discuss pre-teen brain development and see examples of a dedicated tween space and awesome programs you can create on a budget.


Intended Audience: Children’s Services and YA/ Teen Services Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Hosting Chapter C/SE, SW: Jenny Ventling, Dayton Metro Library


STEM on a Shoestring: Free or Almost-free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs


You don’t need a chemistry set or expensive software to run a fun, interactive program that gets kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Learn how you can bring science into any program through free video conferences, partnering with local organizations, and even just playing with your food!


Intended Audience: Children’s Services Staff Sponsor: Children’s Services Division


N: Elaine Betting, Lorain Public Library System NE: Angela Young, Lorain Public Library System SW: Natalie Fields and Diane Smiley, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


STEM Programs that Work for Kids, Tweens, and Teens


Looking to help your youth build skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? You’re not alone. Learn about some innovative examples of 21st century programming including touch pads and robots, and discover how STEM can be incorporated into programs you already provide. From science in storytime to technology in TAG – if you can program, you can STEM out! A degree in rocket science is not required.


Intended Audience: Children’s Services and YA/ Teen Services Staff


Sponsor: Young Adult Services Division


NE, NW: Sarah Kepple, Cuyahoga County Public Library


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