Libraries, librarians, and their roles within the communities they serve are going through an understatedly turbulent time. Many of us are faced with issues of how to handle changing economic conditions and changing patron needs at the same time. METRO’s upcoming webinar, “Proactive Libraries in the 21st Century – Keeping your Library Relevant to your Community” will address these concerns and some possible solutions. Join us online next Thursday, July 21st, as speaker Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer and Library Journal Mover and Shaker 2010, discusses steps you can take to keep your library relevant to the community through this time of transition.
As access to information evolves, how do libraries remain relevant to their customers and communities? How can libraries serve the ever-changing needs of their populations while dealing with shrinking budgets and rising expectations? Maurice will discuss some ways to keep relevant, deal with lower funding coupled with increased demands, and how to stay able to meet your communities’ needs without knowing what those needs will be in the future.
Maurice Coleman has been Technical Trainer at Harford County (MD) Public Library in North Eastern Maryland for the last 7 years. He has 20 years of experience training all ages how to sensibly use technology, computer hardware and software. He has also trained on effective technology planning and deployment, social media skills, nonprofit organizational development and fundraising, community organizing and presentation skills. He hosts the library training podcast “T is for Training” and writes for the American Library Association’s LearnRT blog ALALearning. For his work he was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and received the Citizens for Maryland Libraries Davis McCarn Technology Award.
Please visit http://www.metro.org/en/cev/92 to learn more or to register.