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Embedding Your Public Library as a Community Anchor

At the center of every community there’s a rooted desire for information—searching for it, acquiring it, sharing it, and creating it. This desire grows even stronger as the daily presence of technology increases. There to ensure that every community member’s needs are met? The public library. 

“Libraries are becoming a space for all. Patrons can always check out a book, but they can also attend an ESL class, use the Internet to get some work done during a business trip, attend a neighborhood association meeting, or address social issues within a city or community. Simply put, the library really can mean a lot of things to many people and can connect us in a meaningful way in an increasingly technological world” (page 7).

Author:

Liz Van Halsema
Marketing Content Writer

Part 3 of  "How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library"



David Lee King
Director at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library

We’ve spent the past two weeks shedding light on an online-first mentality: what does it mean, and where can you start? We’ve discovered creative examples for implementing this mentality in your own library and have briefly touched on the growing digital needs of your users.

But how can you fully meet these needs? Where does the success of this online-first mentality come into play? 

Author:

Liz Van Halsema
Marketing Content Writer

In his short essay, “The Purpose of Education,” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote of the importance of education in our communities, if not for the goal of intelligence than for the goal of social living.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically,” he wrote. “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.  The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.” 

Author:

Liz Van Halsema
Marketing Content Writer

Part 2 of  "How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library"


David Lee King
Director at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library

How can having an online presence impact the success of your library? In his most recent webinar, David Lee King uses his experience as Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library to show you just how important an online mentality is, plus specific examples for creating a digital presence.

In Part 1, David defines “online-first” as the primary component for any successful program and gives you a glimpse into ideas to use in your own library. In Part 2, we’ll further your grasp of these creative ideas and explain just how crucial they are in strengthening the relationship between your library and its community.

Author:

Liz Van Halsema
Marketing Content Writer

Part 1 of "How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library"


David Lee King
Director at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library

There’s no doubt that an online presence is needed in today’s digital world. In the US alone, 87% of the population uses the internet on a regular basis. But how can an online-first mentality contribute to the success of your library?

Drawing from his experiences as Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library as well as from his background as a speaker and consultant for libraries and the social web, David shares his thoughts on the importance of online mentalities in libraries in the recent webinar,  “How to Connect an Online-First Mentality to the Success of Your Library.”

Author:

Liz Van Halsema
Marketing Content Writer

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