California Library Award news
California State Library wants to spotlight award-winning
Friends newsletter wins Friends of Libraries USA Award
of Libraries USA recently
awarded the Friends
of the Livermore Library the “Best Friends Award” for its newsletter,
Friends Footnotes. The
Joan Boer says that the award-winning newsletter is a “fairly collaborative”
project on which the Friends president (currently
Though the award-winning
newsletter is not available online, selections from the newsletter are up on the
Livermore Library’s website. Editor Joan Boer says, “Check-out Swashbuckling
hero comes to Livermore and Good
Reads for winter by Julie
Casamajor and me on the Friends of the Livermore Library website.”
For more information on
Friends of the Livermore Library, please visit http://www.friendsoflivermorelibrary.com
or call the bookstore at (925) 373-5520.
County Library Tech-Know Rodeo wins CSAC award
Rodeo team to the rescue
In planning Tech-Know
Rodeo, library staff and local educators aimed their presentations on online
library services and basic computer literacy.
To make their audience comfortable, the team chose the rural county’s
honored springtime ritual, the rodeo, as its theme. Presenters in western garb encouraged people to “ride the library
website” and discover how to request books from home. Presenters explained the computer in “Boot
Up at Tech Support,” and
covered topics that included search tips, Internet safety, e-mail tricks, how to
get free software downloads, and how to try out newer gadgets such as ipods.
The community college and
county school volunteers joined database vendors to demonstrate homework
help resources, safe websites for children, classes for learning software
applications, and local human services.
Raffle tickets (which
lured visitors to exhibits) included prizes donated by local businesses and
Friends of the Library (FOTCL). Winning ticket holders left the Rodeo with a
casino night, a year of Internet service and an mp3 player.
FOTCL provided $500 for
publicity and marketing. Businesses
contributed cash prizes and in-kind donations valued at over $2000, and library
staff spent approximately 200 hours on Tech-Know Rodeo valued at over
Tech-Know Rodeo produced
tangible positive results. At least 200 people attended the exposition, and 100%
of returned participant comments said it was useful.
Requests on library’s web-based catalog increased 27% the month after
the Rodeo, and presenters said their participation was worthwhile.
Library staff is planning to provide a continuing series of single-topic
workshops based on people’s requests.
For more information about
the Tech-Know Rodeo please contact Connie Corcoran, Director of Library
Services, Tuolumne County Library at (209) 694-2711 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Tuolumne County Library please visit their
website at www.tuolcolib.org.