Big Library Read (from Maureen)

Big Library Read (copies freely available through Wisconsin Digital Library) starts on Monday. Here’s their marketing materials. https://biglibraryread.com/marketing-materials/

If libraries want to consider for their calendars the dates for the upcoming Big Library Reads are available although the titles haven’t been announced yet.

  • June 28 – July 12
  • November 1 – November 15

Re: Opening (from Reb)

Of course you’ll change your open hours on your website, Google for Business, Facebook. Are there other signs or posters you put up around town to get the word out? If you don’t keep a list of that info, it would be handy to keep going forward.

A lot of you are putting your open hours right on the header in Facebook. If you do that, check it on a phone! More and more people are using their phones to find that info, and if the text is too small they won’t be able to read it.

Alternately, you could pin a post with that information to the top of your page. If you put the hours in the text of the post, it’ll be readable for phones and for people who use screen readers–extra bonus points for accessibility!

Using Secular Images (from Reb)

While we’re on the subject of communications, let’s talk about the images you use. When we’re part of a dominant culture, it can be hard to notice when we use images that aren’t inclusive. A good example is how we use images around holidays. We are a culturally Christian country, so those symbols are all around us (think Santa and Easter Bunnies). To really signal that the library is open to everybody, it’s important to think closely about imaging. Below are three examples. I think the image with the crosses is explicitly Christian, and probably not the best kind of image to use for the library. The center image is better, but still mentions Easter. The third image is the best choice: it’s completely secular, and celebrates Spring.  Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear from you.

 

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

  • IFLS is offering scholarships to attend Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians Conference May 4-7, keynote is Eric Klinenberg. Deadline is April 12, here’s the form. Questions go to Leah.
  • Webmaster Office Hours, Tue Apr 13th 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Details on the IFLS calendar.
  • While you’re in the calendar take a peek at all the great webinars coming up!
  • John’s reminder about masks: Library Boards do have the ability to establish policies for the library building including a policy requiring masks. Some counties/municipalities have established mask requirement outside of the Governor’s orders and those will need to be followed. NOTE: Enforcement of mask requirements may be more difficult within libraries and/or individual businesses without the statewide order and/or support of local municipalities.