OMD News Room Update & FREE Training: All The Links to Library News Stories

The FOPL Open Media Desk project is half-way through our third year.  Here’s what has happened to date and how you can participate as a FOPL member. OMD is more than training.  It’s a collegial group that co-creates great communication pieces to an FP500 standard!  It’s a News Room, a source for articles, micro-videos, podcasts, and graphics.  It’s also a resource for province-wide benchmarks and measurements for success.  And it’s a dashboard window on Ontario’s libraries where we can co-create together and share creations, ideas and successes. We have trained many, many groups of library staff in advanced social media engagement.  We do this for no charge for FOPL members.  It is a major benefit of FOPL membership and aligns with our mandate to increase the branding, marketing strength of public libraries in Ontario whilst promoting the value and economic of public libraries to Ontario residents – socially, economically, recreationally, and educationally. We now have over 75 library systems on the program covering more than 75% of Ontario’s population!   Our goal is enroll every Ontario system! Social media is the most impactful and affordable way for us to connect with our public and cardholders to engage them in telling their stories of the impact and value of public libraries.  After the training, we have discovered massive increases in engagement with social media growth in the hundreds and thousands of percents. In Summer 2018 we launched the OMD News Room.  We provide dozens of stories each week to help you populate your social media accounts and websites.  Sometimes these stories and graphics are just there for inspiration to support...

8 ways libraries impact the life of newcomers (with true stories)

8 ways libraries impact the life of newcomers (with true stories)  “There are numerous reasons why a person would choose to move to another country. It could be to study or work abroad, to follow a spouse, or to experience something new. No matter the reason, expats will always need to adapt to their new country, and this period of transition can sometimes be tough. […] The post 8 ways libraries impact the life of newcomers (with true stories) appeared first...

Florida State University Research Guides Nation’s Libraries on Serving Students with Autism (Project A+)

Florida State University Research Guides Nation’s Libraries on Serving Students with Autism (Project A+) Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/11/29/florida-state-university-research-guides-nations-libraries-on-serving-students-with-autism/ “From FSU: New research designed to help libraries better serve people with autism is making Florida State University a national leader in developing ways to connect with the growing population of students on the autism spectrum.The autism rate — estimated at one in 59 children, or 1.7 percent, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — has been rising over the past two decades, especially among boys. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), now the fastest growing disability in the United States, has climbed to its highest level since the government started tracking it in 2000.With nearly 42,000 students at FSU, a 1.7 percent rate translates to more than 700 on the autism spectrum, which can include a range of language and social impairments or repetitive behaviors.Professors Nancy Everhart and Juliann Woods, both international scholars at FSU’s College of Communication and Information, saw the need to do more to help these students succeed. They teamed up on a study called Project A+ with a mission to develop ideas that reduce library anxiety and boost learning among students with autism.“Our research produced a manual that guides libraries on how to make their facilities more autism-friendly, but the strategies really provide clearer directions that benefit all students,” Everhart said. “Previously, this kind of research focused on young children and not on older students, particularly those going to college. That meant a lot of students with autism became invisible once they arrived on campus.”Project A+ places more focus on these...

IFLA: How Libraries Celebrate Human Rights Across the World

How Libraries Celebrate Human Rights Across the World “10 December 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an opportunity to read, and reflect on, a document that includes many of the key values – and missions – of libraries in advancing human rights for all. What do these rights mean and what is their impact on today’s world? https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/91749 IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, has asked libraries worldwide to share what they are doing to celebrate this event; you can find some examples below. These examples reflect a variety of answers that show how libraries nowadays are not only agents of freedom of information and access but iconic representations of the societal commitment to achieve a better world. In the meantime, IFLA started the celebration a week ago with daily blogs to highlight the work of libraries on those rights of the Declaration directly connected to the work of libraries. You can read more on IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy Blog. UNESCO To mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration, UNESCO’s Library and Archives division have prepared a web exhibition on human rights to be displayed on the platform of their Digitisation Project. UNESCO is sharing the selection of recently digitised photographs from its collection. Starting with David Seymour’s pictures of ruins, the selection shows activities in the various fields of the Organization over the years. The promotion and protection of human rights occupies a central place in the history and mandate of UNESCO. Seventy years ago, its founders sought to define the conditions of lasting peace – not only in agreements between States, but also in the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind, grounded on human...

16 memes about empathetic librarianship

16 memes about empathetic librarianship http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2018/11/30/16-memes-about-empathetic-librarianship.html Perhaps this quote Perhaps this quote which may best remembered by future generations has empathy at its core: I looked back some of the posters I’ve made and found that quite a few of them indicate that the librarian owes his/her effectiveness not to hard skills, but to soft skills… 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.  What personal memes might you add? How do you use empathy to better fulfill your mission as a...