Other FY22 Workshops

Empowered Against Book Bans

June 9, 2022

Why are there so many challenges to books in libraries right now? How did we get here? Current trends in book challenges and the philosophies behind them. What libraries can do?

Developing iron-strong reconsideration policies and materials challenge responses.

Finding and connecting with allies (plus dos and don’ts).

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Visitor Counts!: What is a Visitor Survey, and Why Should You Care?

March 15, 2022

What is a gate visitor survey, and why are they important for museums and nonprofits? The History Center of Olmsted County just finished a gate visitor survey run through The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Kevin Whaley, collections manager at The History Center, will share the experience, what was learned, and why nonprofits should be doing these surveys. Kevin will also look into the different types of surveys and the type of information they produce.

Geek Squad by Default: Dealing with patron technology questions as front-line staff

Phones and drones? Chromebooks and ebooks? VR goggles or things you've never seen? The price of consumer electronics has fallen for years, and your patrons are bringing a variety of BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) devices they need help on. This session will discuss ways to providing positive patron experiences, even when you're not an 'expert'. It will also discuss setting up "Tech Talking Circles" in your libraries as a way to address patron needs with minimal staff time and expertise.

This workshop is supported by an ARPA Grant for the purpose of training library staff on providing technology assistance.

March 7, 2022 | 1-3:30 pm Workshop:

Workshop 1: "Preventative Care of Books"

Nov. 12, 2021

This workshop focused on the basic care and preventive conservation of books, including information on safe storage, handling, and use; environmental conditions such as temperature and relative humidity; some basic tips for digitization and cleaning; and when to contact a conservator.

Workshop 2: "Advanced Book Repair Workshop: Preserving Your Historic Books and Papers"

Jan. 27, 2022

This workshop instructed participants on how to better preserve and care for their book collections. We discussed preservation techniques to protect books on the shelf, including monitoring and controlling the environment. We learned to make a custom enclosure to hold rare books and papers and practiced some simple repairs that will make your books stable and strong for future use.