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Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story

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Meeting Description:
What is your library's story? How do you tell it? Where should you share it? Your library is full of stories to tell, and those stories can be leveraged for advocacy and community engagement. Join us at this free webinar to learn how to gather and share stories about your library.
We will share tips and ideas to help you begin to collect stories and use them in a meaningful way using technology. We will also share information about TechSoup's Storymakers campaign, designed to empower libraries and nonprofits to to tell their stories, get noticed, and make an impact.
We will be joined by these special guests:
  • Ale Bezdikian, Interactive Events and Video Producer at TechSoup, will provide a framework for storytelling. She will also share tips and best practices for capturing your library's story and tell us about how to participate in the Storymakers campaign.
  • Sharon McKellar, Community Relations Librarian at the Oakland Public Library (CA), will share her experiences gathering and sharing community stories, including the #weneeddiversebooks photo campaign and the OPL blog. She will also talk about how community stories can help be utilized for library advocacy.
  • We will hear from the Norton Public Library about the inspiration behind their 2012 video submission, 12 Things to do in a Library, which won the prize for Best Library Video.
This is the fourth webinar in a series of free webinars and events to help your organization get your story heard! Learn more, watch inspiring digital stories from other organizations, and enter TechSoup's 2014 Storymakers challenge.
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Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Ale Bezdikian
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Ale is TechSoup's Interactive Events and Video Producer, and also the coordinator of Storymakers campaign. Follow her on twitter at @alebez

Sharon McKellar
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Sharon McKellar is the Community Relations Librarian at the Oakland Public Library (CA).  With 10 years of public librarian experience, Sharon is passionate about Oakland’s diverse community and how the library serves it.   She enjoys finding creative ways to share Oakland’s compelling library and community stories, using social media as well as traditional outlets.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, High Plains Library District, the R-Squared conference, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the CEO of Kixal, where she creates innovative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.