Monday, September 23, 2013

Money Smart Week Webinar Oct. 10, 2013

On behalf of Don Wood, ALA Chapter Relations Office:
Sign up for this free webinar and learn how easy it is for your library to participate in MoneySmart Week @ your library, April 5-12, 2014. a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Money Smart Week @ your library is designed to assist libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life—retirees, school kids, college students, anyone and everyone! In 2013 over 500 libraries in 47 states participated.

In the webinar, learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you, and then join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances during 2014 Money Smart Week.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013, 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

From ALA: Edge Initiative and Rural Libraries

(Forwarded on behalf of Don Wood, ALA Chapter Relations Office)
The Edge Initiative and Rural Libraries

The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities.   Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. See for more information.

A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities. Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from pilot libraries located in rural communities. Mary Haney is the director of the  Hennessey Public Library in Oklahoma and Lee Ann Barnes is the director of the Okeene Public Library, also in Oklahoma. What did they do? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next? Hear their stories and ask questions, too.

Register for this FREE session at: . Recordings from previous sessions with pilot libraries are also available, including:
Denise Davis, Sacramento (CA) Public Library and Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels (TX) Public Library