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Next month I will be giving a presentation called Implementing High Impact Programs on a Shoestring Budget for the Nevada Library Association at their Annual Conference in Las Vegas. I have many ideas to present based upon my own work at PPL and have also found some great ideas from other public libraries, but I want to make sure that I am not missing something truly fantastic that has not passed my radar.
My presentation is focusing on public library programs for adults and teens with a technology element, but I am also compiling programs that are based in the arts and humanities. Programs from academic libraries would lend a nice balance.
My concept of “shoestring” is that you either did it for free (other than staff time) or ideally spent less than $250 on the program if you are a small library serving under 30,000 people. If you are a larger library a budget limit of $500 would still be a shoestring.
I am not going to give examples in this post because I do not want to narrow anyone’s thinking on what they might submit. I am taking a fairly wide ranging view on what is considered a “program” and am truly interested to see what other creative programs on limited funds are being offered elsewhere.
Submit your great “shoestring programs” that have had a positive/high impact at your library to janieh at gmail dot com with the subject line of Shoestring Program.
If you have photos, PR materials, etc. to go along with your program that would be all the better. I will give full attribution to anyone who submits and I will share my slides online as well as create a summary post here at the Library Garden.
Oh, and it is my first time in Vegas so feel free to leave me tips on what I should see and do.
Note: See related post from October 2008
Since I started doing Toastmasters about two years ago I’ve been Furling every good piece of information I could find on how to be a better speaker and presenter. I mentioned this recently to some of my fellow Toasties and they asked me to share my links.
The pieces speak for themselves (no pun intended), so without extensive annotations, here are my top 10:
- Garr Reynolds (see also: his great blog, Presentation Zen):
- 10 Tips for a Killer Presentation, Neil Patel
- Get Your Message Across by Creating Powerful Stories, Kevin Eikenberry
- How to Change the World: World’s Best Presentation Contest Winners There are some great examples of how to effectively use powerpoint.
- Bert Decker (Also see his blog, Create Your Communications Experience)
- How to Get a Standing Ovation, Guy Kawasaki
- Kathy Sierra (See also: her blog Creating Passionate Users which, sadly, is no longer being updated; but there’s great archived content!)
- Effective Presentations: More than one way to impress an audience Dave Pollard
- All Presenting is Persuasive Guila Muir (see also: Guila’s other training/presenting resources)
- A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods From Visual-Literacy.org. Great ideas for how to use visually represent your ideas.
- BONUS LINK: The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging, Brian Clark.
Ostensibly written for bloggers, I’m finding that the “5 Laws” (provide value, have a hook, etc.) are also helpful in organizing talks and presentations.
I’d love to get feedback on your favorite resources and tips. What’s helped you be a kick ass speaker or presenter?
As requested, here’s the link to the Wiki that supports the Magical Mystery Tour: http://librarygarden.pbwiki.com
My Flickr set from the day is available here.
My 15 minutes was focused on getting across the concept of RSS. I did a powerpoint (also up on slideshare.) All of my supporting information is up on the wiki here: librarygarden.pbwiki.com/Pete’s+Favorites.
We’re doing a repeat performance next Thursday (and then Barbequing at Chateau Bromber’) so if anyone has any recommendations or feedback to improve my RSS presentation I’m all ears. Grilling tips are also appreciated.
At The Futures Conference, Peggy Cadigan and Barbara Cole stayed up all night working up this great powerpoint to capture all the great thoughts and comments that came out of the World Cafe that took place after a great day of presentations!
Take a look here!
(Great use of SlideShare.net too!)
The World Cafe was a chance for everyone to socialize and talk about what we had experienced throughout the day. We were in small groups and talked aabout a question that was posed something like, “If you die 100 years from now what will be different about the world you leave compared to the one you came into?” And one other one I can’t recall right now – help me out someone!
FYI if you look at the pictures, the World Cafe pics are the ones that show lots of glitter and stuff on the tables and tables named after books and/or movies, and all those newsprint papers hanging up with all our doodling, drawing and brainstorming on them! It was fantastic and excellently created, organized and run by Peggy and Barbara! Kudos!
Bob Keith and I gave a new version of our Fantastic Freebies presentation on April 24th at the NJLA Spring Conference. It was our first attempt to cover 15 Freebies in fifty minutes — we usually do this as a 90 minute or 2 hour presentation. Due to schedules, Bob and I did not have time for a complete run through before going live — a little nerve wracking. We incorporated a lot more screen shots than we normally do and limited the number of live demos and the presentation came in at 47 minutes, so we even had 3 minutes for questions at the end.
Since doing this version of Fantastic Freebies we have found several more possibilities that we will use the next time around to keep it fresh, current and relevant.
A big thanks to Kathy Schalk-Greene, Mount Laurel Library for organizing this program, inviting me to be on it, moderating it, and sharing her great notes with us! -pete
Notes from: “How DO They Do It All? Tips from Effective Library Leaders”
NJLA Conference, April 25, 2006 Sponsored by the NJLA Member Services Committee
A 50 minute program…
Q1: Was there any decision you made or skill you learned early in your career that has served you well?
- Don’t wear a skirt while working at a library with glass floors
- Always ask why
- Never take no for an answer
- Continually challenge yourself
- Be flexible
- Don’t let fear rule you
- If you make a mistake, you don’t die
- Don’t assume that everyone knows less that you do (It’s hard to ask for help if you think you’re perfect)
- Thank people for what they do
Q2: What role does technology play in how you do what you do?
- Help others to understand the interrelated nature of these systems in libraries
- Always learn something new
- I use technology to control and manage my time
- Not an early adopter … finally got a cell phone when I saw the benefit to me.
- Five specific technologies that make my life better:
- GoToMyPC to access my desktop from anywhere
- Yahoo calendar and listservs
- RSS Feeds to scan headlines on 100+ blogs/sites (I use firefox live bookmarks and have just fallen in love with blogbridge.)
- FURL – great for project management, reading lists, general bookmarking and serendipitous discoveries!
- AIM Chat for online meetings .
- (Thought of this one late) Google Desktop–the lifesaving app for the perpetually disorganized. I love you Google Desktop. Don’t ever leave me.
Q3: Do you have a life outside your job? How do you find a balance between your personal and professional lives?
- You don’t find balance on the street like loose change
- Most choices can be revisited later
- Sometimes you can’t help being out of balance
- Always have a sense of proportion
- Have activities outside of work
- Don’t worry about this too much
Q4: How do you foster good communication with your staff?
- You have to model good communication and show a willingness to listen without judgment
- Realize that all communication is good, even “negative” feedback … it’s always better to know.
- Proper response to negative feedback … “Thank you” (props to Pat Wagner for that tip)
- Ask for what you need
- Be fact-based (rather than judgmental) in your speech to others
- Provide options… “where do we go from here?”
- Give others the benefit of the doubt. We’re all passionate and deeply concerned about the health of our libraries.
- Send staff wide emails (even if you’re not sure they check it)
- Communicate in many different ways
- Library has an internal blog (encourage others to make this the default home page)
- Lots of meetings (staff wide, department, librarians, task based)
- Face book of pictures and names of all library staff, trustees, Friends, volunteers (on the blog, in a notebook in the staff room)
- Write a personal blog (Leslie’s is de-mystifying the ALA presidency)
Q5: Do you ever feel overwhelmed? What do you when that happens?
- First, freak out
- Afterwards, get a grip
- Then, prioritize what needs to be done
- And after that identify those things you can do while trying to avoid the things that need to get done
- I generally feel some amount of feeling overwhelmed. I go home more aware of everything that didn’t get done, but I’ve learned to manage this much better
- Have other people in your life who can help keep things in perspective
- Exercise regularly
Q6: What single piece of advice would you give to a librarian at the beginning of their career?
- Learn to communicate well
- Avoid energy vampires
- Be open to new possibilities
- Be willing to change your route
- Conquer your fear, let it go
- Never stop learning