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Super Library Marketing: Practical Tips and Ideas for Library Promotion

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Storytelling

Turn Library Promotions on Their Head with This Surefire Yet Simple Way To Capture Attention

Photo courtesy Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Imagine for a moment that you are walking down a city street, minding your own business when you see the clown Pennywise. That’s right. The terrifying lead character from the Stephen... Continue Reading →

Your Patrons Are Not Goldfish! The Powerful, Scientifically Proven Reason Why Your Library Should Aim To Hold the Sustained Attention of Your Community

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library When I was a child, my first pet was a goldfish. I named it Goldie. Totally original, I know. Goldie lived in a glass bowl decorated with neon-colored rocks and a tiny... Continue Reading →

How One Library is Promoting Themselves by Handing the Microphone to Patrons and Letting Them Make the Case

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Libraries know the power of storytelling. Most of us are literally and physically surrounded by some of the best stories in the world. But the quest for library stories that have emotion... Continue Reading →

Ditch the Formal Document! How One Library Turned Their Ordinary Annual Report Into a Storytelling Masterpiece That Connected With Their Community

Image courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Here is a question that has been the source of many an existential crisis for library staff. What is the value of your work? That proposition is at the heart of a... Continue Reading →

Three Easy Ways for the Exhausted Librarian to Figure Out What Your Community Needs AND Find Promotional Inspiration!

More than once, I've sat down at my computer to turn out a clever, groundbreaking, truly engaging library promotion... and ended up staring at a blank wall. There are days, or weeks, or months (or let's be honest, years... like... Continue Reading →

The Top Four Reasons To Use Content Marketing To Promote Your Library on Every Platform

My high school history teacher never assigned a textbook for his class. Instead, every day, Mr. David Ulmer would pace back and forth at the front of a room of students, explaining the events of the world in vivid detail... Continue Reading →

Two Key Areas of Marketing Focus That Will Deepen Your Community’s Loyalty to Your Library and Create the Truly Engaged Library User

Photo courtesy Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Click on the image to visit their digital library. For most libraries, the end of the fiscal year is here. I think this is the perfect time to implement two new... Continue Reading →

How Do We Get People To Come Back to the Library? Four Ideas That Can Help You Rebuild Use of Your Library

Here is something I've noticed in my conversations with library staff over the past six months. Staff share a profound feeling of separation from their communities. They've been working for more than a year without the normal interactions with the... Continue Reading →

The Dreaded Library Annual Report: How to Create a Masterpiece that Showcases Your Library’s Value and Inspires Your Readers

Is there any library marketing task as daunting as the annual report? I don't think so. Neither does reader Carrie Weaver of Peters Township Public Library. She is the inspiration behind this post. Carrie writes, "I am sure many other... Continue Reading →

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