Category Archives: News from the Field

IUG 2017 Call for Proposals is Now Open

By   09/14/2016

Try to think outside the box for topics that cross all platforms. Themes such as best practices for patron records (what information do you really need?); cataloging metadata necessary for patron searching and discovery; and user interface improvements for the Polaris PAC. Did you learn things the hard way? Please share your wisdom in a presentation so you can spare others the same pain. We also need programs for reference staff, technical services, circulation, systems, and administration. What decisions have you made regarding the statistics and analytics you gather and how has that impacted your website and the services, materials, and programming that you provide to your library patrons? Presentations on basic system functionality to bring new staff members up to speed or as a review for seasoned veterans are also essential.
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3rd Annual Library Programs2 Symposium

By   09/02/2016

Third Annual Library Programs2Symposium

September 30, 2016 / 12:30 – 2:30 pm / University at Albany, Campus Center Assembly Hall 

We are bringing new and innovative types of programming information to libraries, schools and other institutions across the Capital District region and beyond. This event features exhibits of programs from educational, entertainment, social, and cultural programming specialists. These informative displays will highlight presentations and demonstrations that will focus on education, entertainment, and cultural awareness, creating new programming opportunities to bring back to your institution. And it’s FREE.

This year’s Programs2 Symposium includes over 40 presenters who offer a variety of programs, workshops, classes and demonstrations. We will also have fabulous door prizes and light refreshments.

Please go to our website for additional information:

Who is this “We”, anyway?

We are the University at Albany IST666 class for summer 2016. We are all graduate students in the Information Science program at the University at Albany and will one day be planning our own educational programming at institutions similar to yours.

An RSVP would be nice (not necessary) either to (our instructor) or via the RSVP link at

See you on September 30th!

Generous Sponsorship from: University Auxiliary Services, UA Graduate Student Association, and the CEAS Department of Information Studies


Project Outcome for SRP: Free Webinar!

By   03/01/2016

Thursday, 3/17/2016, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Project Outcome: Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries logoThis webinar is designed to teach participants how to administer Project Outcome surveys to measure outcomes for their library’s summer reading program. By successfully administering surveys, libraries will be able to use the results to showcase program successes and influence future summer reading programs. Participants will hear from one Project Outcome participant who successfully surveyed their summer reading program in 2015 and learned valuable lessons from the process. There will also be a Q&A and discussion segment where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with their peers.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how to successfully measure summer reading programs using the Project Outcome Summer Reading survey;
  • Know how to apply best practices for summer reading surveying; and
  • Be able to use the results to influence changes to future summer programming.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is open to everyone but will be most beneficial for those already registered with Project Outcome. Project Outcome is a free service provided by the Public Library Association. If you would like to enroll in Project Outcome in advance of the webinar, please do so at and view our “How to Enroll in Project Outcome” webinar for training.


Crystal SchimpfCrystal Schimpf is a library training consultant and co-founder of Kixal, where she provides collaborative, transformative training for libraries and nonprofits. She has provided training on projects for the Urban Libraries Council’s Edge Initiative, the Public Library Association, TechSoup, the Colorado State Library, Community Technology Network, and the R-Squared Conference. Crystal is a degreed librarian with a passion for digital literacy and technology issues and has worked on many projects, programs, and services that require outcome measurement.
Carol OrmondCarol Ormond is the office manager for Salt Lake County (Utah) Library Services and has worked there for 20 years. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and in 2001 she received a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University. In 2003, she joined the library’s management team as the administrative assistant to the director. She has managed a number of special projects for the library including the operational plan for the library’s Viridian Event Center in 2011, the creation of a library dashboard in 2013, and the Project Outcome implementation in 2015. She also manages the Telephone Customer Service Department.



THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

REGISTER NOW! On the next screen you’ll click “Register” to continue the online registration process.

Make a Splash with Project Outcome: Measuring the Success of Summer Reading Programs WebEx registration screenshot
If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the WebEx platform. You may listen to the audio portion of the webinar via your computer’s speakers, headphones plugged into your computer’s audio jack or USB port; or by dialing in with your telephone (your carrier’s charges may apply) or Skype (by following the process outlined by Skype to place calls to land lines). We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room. No microphone is required.

PLEASE NOTE: PLA provides its webinar audio through voice over IP (VoIP), which means the sound comes through speakers or headphones plugged into your computer. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by teleconference via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.

Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, but will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for this webinar, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.


Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752). For questions about webinar registration, please call 800-545-2433 ext. 5.