Making Textbooks Affordable: A Successful Initiative at a University Library
The “Affordable Learning Solutions” initiative is a California State University system-wide push to lower student costs by encouraging the use of freely- and cheaply-available (mostly digital) alternatives to textbooks. This presentation will detail how the initiative was successfully implemented by CSU Dominguez Hills, a mid-sized campus serving traditionally underprivileged students. We will discuss problems encountered when encouraging faculty to buy into new course reading technologies, as well as strategies for overcoming them.
Traveling the Spectrum: From Interstellar Adventures to Epic Fantasy, the influence of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the world today
Science Fiction and Fantasy are ever increasingly mainstream genres. Is this because authors are gearing their works towards a wider audience, or is it because big budget films and television shows are spotlighting the genres? As a means for social commentary, what do modern works have to say about the society that gave them birth? Come listen to George R. R. Martin and Blake Charlton (both courtesy of Tor Publishing) speak on the subject.
Subjects: Popular Culture, Technology
STEM (Science, technology, engeneering, math): Building an Interactive Library/Museum Space for Kids
A case study of the partnership between the Queens Library and the Exploratorium. How to bring children and science together in a fun and hand-on environment
Subjects: Buildings and Facilities, Administration and Management, Children’s Services, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Services
Is it time to reevaluate your library’s marketing?
Is your marketing haphazard, stale or non-existent? Library marketing doesn’t have to be ho-hum. It may be time for a change. Join some recent John Cotton Dana Award winners as they share some dynamic marketing strategies that enhanced their community profile, created staff buy-in and engaged new patrons and partners.
Subjects: Public Relations, Marketing, Administration and Management
Get More Bang For the Buck! Best Practices in Collection Management
Learn how your library can implement best practices in collection management, from selection to circulation to evaluation. Enhance the customer experience while making the most of your materials budget and increasing the efficiency of internal operations. Not just for Technical Services librarians!
Subjects: Administration and Management, Technical Services, Collection Development
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