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Program Evaluations: Helpful Tool or Necessary Evil?

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Admit it: you have a love/hate relationship with all program evaluation forms. As programmers, we understand these forms' necessity in ensuring program integrity and value, but as participants, we dislike completing them. So how can we get the information we need while honoring the opinions (and time) of our program attendees?

Your Own Comic-Con: Q&A with YA Librarian Justin Switzer

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Interested in hosting a comic con at your library, but unsure where to begin? In June 2015, the Enoch Pratt Free Library hosted its first Mini-Comic Con. We talked to Justin Switzer, the young adult librarian who organized the event, about the joys and challenges of putting it all together. View the event program.

Rebecca Starr: Tell me about the Mini-Comic Con's origins. What inspired you to put this together?

Back to the Future: Offering Back-to-Basics Programs for Technology-Challenged Patrons

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Close-up of hands typing on laptopThere’s no getting around it, computers touch nearly every facet of our lives. Need a job? Apply online. Need a resume? Fire up the word processing software and write one. Need to get in touch with someone? Email them. Want to see the latest pictures of your grandkids? Log on to Facebook.

Rural Roots: E-Newsletter Tips

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The electronic newsletter (or e-newsletter) is something we are all familiar with — as recipients. Organizations, associations and even vendors, at times, like to impart information to members, clients, customers, etc., via regular newsletters that arrive in our email inbox. We put up with them, for the most part, because they sometimes give us valuable knowledge, advice or notifications of events or products that we are interested in and use. Sometimes when we are not so pleased with content, we delete them, but they keep coming until we “remove ourselves from the list” altogether.

Business on a Budget: Programming for Entrepreneurs

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Every library serves entrepreneurs. They come in ready to expand upon an idea; some are looking to share this idea with the community. We offer tons of tangible tools for entrepreneurs-in-training, sending them home with stacks of books and resources. Some libraries create makerspaces to encourage idea generation and rent conference rooms for important meetings.  Your library’s programs can provide another outlet for entrepreneurs. However, there’s no need to stretch your already-limited budget (and staff) too thin.

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