MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Taking the Pulse: Strategic Planning During a Pandemic

In the winter of 2020, the Canton Public Library was on the cusp of reevaluating its strategic plan when the COVID pandemic forced a pivot. The library reimagined what planning during uncertain times could be and developed a dynamic, focused approach to explore current specific community needs. Using design thinking, they developed a strategic process, which they titled, “Pulse”, to research, evaluate, prototype and implement short-term projects with an eye toward understanding longer-term needs.


Reconsidering the Seed Library

Gardening has seen a remarkable resurgence in popularity since the beginning of 2020. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help both new and experienced gardeners alike, and Michigan has 96 libraries listed on the Michigan Seed Library Network website, more than any other state. Whether you are considering creating a seed library or are looking to take your existing library to the next level, this session will help you reconsider your seed library as a holistic initiative supported by programming, collection development, publicity, and staff training. You’ll learn about the new One Seed, One State initiative, and how to receive a free kit with seed packets, seeds, and promotional materials.


Library Law Q&A

Like any public entity, public libraries have multiple legal considerations. But toss in the additional constitutional and establishment issues, and you have one unique legal environment. Join a practicing Library Law Attorney and a Law Librarian turned Library Law Consultant for a casual Q&A session where participants will determine the topics of discussion and where everyone will learn that pretty much every library has (legal) issues, and every legal issue has (some kind of) a resolution.


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Even before the pandemic, many libraries were experiencing a decrease in visits. Librarians need to take not only their programs/services but also their knowledge and materials to the people! Podcasts have become one of the best ways to reach an audience. The cost of equipment has become less expensive and easier to use. Many patrons listen to podcasts to learn, which aligns with most library strategic goals. Also, a good podcast entertains and encourages patrons to visit the library!  Participants will learn about the best podcast practices, equipment, and how to publish. We guarantee you will be entertained!


Libraries Build Business

Learn information about ALA’s Libraries Build Business initiative from the project’s manager and a sample of participating libraries.

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