OCLC @ PLA 2022

1. Build bridges with what bonds and inspires your community

Jamar Rahming, Executive Director, Wilmington Institute Library

The Wilmington Institute Library has embraced its evolving role as a social, intellectual, and recreational community hub. Watch Jamar to hear how his staff are making vital community connections through arts and cultural programs that encourage conversations, including bringing legendary Black artists, athletes, and other public figures to Wilmington.

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2. Demo: Put your library in your users’ hands with Capira

Watch us to see how easy it is to create a digital extension of your library with a mobile app. CapiraMobile customization includes a management console to control data in app, multiple types of push notifications, and contactless self-checkout—all personalized to fit the needs of your community

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3. Digital equity through community partnerships

Dr. Audrey Barbakoff, CEO, Co/Lab Capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic rocketed digital equity into the national spotlight. How can you keep building on that momentum at your library? Watch Audrey to learn how community partnerships can lead to sustainable innovation in digital equity.

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4. Expand multilingual access for library customers

Nicholas A. Brown, COO for Communication and Outreach, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has significantly expanded multilingual access to its programs and services in recent years, with growing Spanish, Amharic, Tagalog, French, Yoruba, and Arabic-speaking populations. Watch Nicholas to better understand the importance of an institutional commitment to multilingual access and learn tactics that can be adapted to make your library more welcoming for non-English speakers.

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5. Exploring the New Model Library: Public library perspectives

Libraries are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and exploring new models. OCLC Research interviewed library leaders about the changes made both before and during the pandemic that are influencing their visions for libraries over the next five years. Learn about these transformations toward a New Model Library and how library leaders and staff can anticipate evolving needs and expectations.

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6. Sparks that inspire change: Solve local challenges through engagement

Pam Sandlian Smith, Director, Anythink Libraries

Anythinkers stay in tune with local issues and challenges by building deep community connections. Watch Pam to hear how her team approaches changing needs with intention, including new and expanding partnerships that allow them to dream big to animate curious minds and keep their community thriving.

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7. WebJunction update: Highlights from our resource collection

WebJunction has been there for you throughout the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we continue to be there in a variety of ways to deliver timely information and learning opportunities. We focus on topics critical to public libraries and the people who keep them vibrant—you. Watch this session for a colorful tour of highlights, including webinars, courses, and articles on equity, trauma-informed care, early literacy, access to justice, community connections, and more. See all resources mentioned in the presentation [PDF].

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8. Wellness culture: Start with staff, extend to your community

Steven Potter, Director, Mid-Continent Public Library

Workplace wellness has been an intentional focus at Mid-Continent Public Library even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Steven to hear about his team’s approach and commitment to wellness, including building design, on-staff wellness coordinator, and the successful “Access Wellness” community program.

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