Friday, July 22, 2016

The Programming Librarian (Website Review)

Today, we're going to talk about a newish website by ALA, The Programming Librarian. They're just a little over a year old and we adore their mission. If you don't know about it yet, today is your lucky day!

Isn't this mini-notebook adorable? You can order it through the ALA store!

Browse Ideas

This website is a resource of great programs! You can search by:

  • Cost (free to $5,000+)
  • Library Type (Public, Academic, School and Special)
  • Topic 
  • Program Type
  • Age Group
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Once you select a program, you'll get access to all the important details, from the marketing and planning to execution. They may even share files that you can download. You'll know exactly how much the program costs and how much time you'll need to put into it. Perfect for the busy librarian!

Share Your Own!

There is an online form you can fill out to submit your own programs. I love that they are crowding sourcing this because we all have fun ideas and great programs. The only way this website can be really successful is if we all use it and submit, so please consider doing both!

Follow Their Blogs

They have many people blogging on the website about innovative programs, which you can filter by library type, topic, and age group. Learn what other people are doing in your field!

Attend a Webinar

They also hold webinars about different types of programming. See what is coming up or check out their archives to see what you have missed.

The 5minlib Challenge

So, today we have a challenge for you. Within the next seven days, what if we all submitted our best program? Just one program, any program, that you think might be successful at other libraries, too. If now is too crazy with Summer Reading, then put it on your calendar for the first week in September. It would so amazing if we all did it.

Since, as they say:
Because all those 
author talks,
computer classes,
community dialogues,
book clubs,
art exhibitions,
and ESL courses
don't plan 

Ain't that the truth?
(By the way, we love that quote, too!)

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