Simplifying Libraries

Event Information


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Event Type: 

Continuing Education - Webinar

Event Category: 

Collection Development
Customer Service

CEU Hours: 



Event Files
Target Audience

Administrators and staff involved in collection policy, program scheduling, and public service management


Have you ever come across a policy, procedure, or practice at your library that seems unnecessarily complex?

Over the past two years, the Millis Public Library – a small library serving a middle class town of 8000 in Massachusetts – has simplified how it manages several key aspects of its operations: collection loan rules, program scheduling, patron interactions, and public access technology. These changes have led to improved services for the public and less work for staff.

This one-hour webinar will walk you through the decisions that were made, the reasons why they were made, and the outcomes of each decision. Questions and group discussions encouraged.

If there is a topic or issue you know you'd like brought up during this webinar, contact Alex Lent at alexATalexlentDOTorg before September 1.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify key areas of your own libraries that could be simplified
  • Plan how to simplify those areas (what aspects can be simplified? Should we do a trial run first?)
  • Evaluate the impact of the simplifications
Registration Information



Register online by using the link below.

LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative
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Phone: 732-752-7720 | Fax: 732-752-7785

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