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Webinar-based Affordable Care Act training for California library staff

If you are getting the sense that there is a whole lot of variation in the format, content and provenance surrounding essential library staff-specific information about the Affordable Care Act, then you have read the scene accurately!  Before you throw up your metaphoric hands, reach for your mine pick and/or shovel, or take to your bed with an affordable headache, let's break this down into approachable chunks. Today we'll look at webinars:

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Lots of training news!

Is there really a slow time around Infopeople training roll outs?  Nah! And so far, this August is proving to be busy for those of us creating lots of new content areas and formats for library staff training and development!

Here's an overview of what's happening, and a glimpse ahead, too:

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Prepping the Public Library's Page for Thanksgiving's Closure

Thanksgiving may be one of the least controversial of closed days that most American public libraries take. It's the civic occasion that is more likely to find public support for workers who are required to forfeit their own holiday at the demand of employers; life support service providers--fire fighters, police, hospital staff--choose to take the holiday shift at increased compensation, or to forego the extra compensation and take the holiday.

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Finding Truthiness in Numbers

Stephen Colbert's pointed neologism comes to mind as the US Census Bureau enlists increasingly sophisticated data sorts to give us a deeper view of numbers collected during the last decennial census. Not that the Bureau is asserting opinion as fact, but the fact is, statistics, by nature, can provide insight only on matters we think to ask of them.

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Three Ways to Create Better Materials

 

Flyers, handouts, letters. Even in the age of blogs and tweets, there are times when printed materials are the best way to communicate with your library community. Are your materials as effective as they could be?

Before you start creating your next piece of material, ask these three questions:

What’s the purpose of this piece? Is your material meant to transfer information? To call for action, encouraging the reader to do something? To influence or persuade? Your purpose will affect your approach.

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