Programming is the ultimate time balancing act. How do you do it all? If you’re like me, it’s a mix of very carefully planning and plunging wildly headfirst into your to-do list. Both require a level of organization that you have to consistently keep up with. Bullet journaling is my personal pie-in-the-sky of organization; however, I find it requires too much of a time commitment to do it exactly how I'd like to.
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Last year, I wrote about how you can use conditional formatting in Excel to track important deadlines for promoting library programs. In order to ensure that I remember to send something out to the more than 14 communication channels that we routinely utilize at the William H. Hannon Library, these customized spreadsheets have been indispensable.
Each year, more than 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons within the United States, and 9 million are released from jail, according to a 2020 ALA report. How can libraries meet the information needs of all these people — especially in 2021, with the pandemic still affecting our daily lives?
There are a lot of moving pieces involved in library programs — partners, funding, event logistics, marketing — so organization is key.