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It ain’t hip happening or hot



Presentation about Libraries serving Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials and other younger adults.

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  • We’re talking adults here. Who haven’t stopped wanting to be silly and have fun.
  • They delivery materials to your house alanetflix
  • Cell phone is part of our life-flow
  • Millenials send and receive 100s of texts a day
  • Fundraising – give me something I can get behind. No more stuffy wine-tasting and auctions.
  • Hire front line staff who know the difference
  • FREE training AND networking
  • Pub outside of Budapest is also a library
  • The compost bins are used for all of the library garden and yard trimmings and are a teaching site for lake friendly gardening practices. The library staff, visitors and local restaurants also add to the compost. Interpretive signs are above each bin explaining the composting process.             Backyard composting is a way to reconnect to our environment. When residents and visitors see how economical, how environmentally friendly and how easy the compost process is, we hope that they will be inspired to start their own backyard composting. Finished compost is used in all the library gardens. No other fertilizers are used in the gardens or lawn. Herbicides and pesticides are never used in these gardens.

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  • It Ain’t Hip, Happening or Hot:
    Why Gen-Xers Think You'reIrrelevant
    and What to Do About It
  • You’re not really irrelevant, but you play one on TVConnectionis where it’s atget Out of the library

  • The library is the sweet spot.

    Michael Porter ( LibraryMan )

  • Libraries should be about the people they’re for, not about the services we think they need.

    Barbara Fister, GustavusAdolphus College, MN
  • Library core values should match customer and community core values.
    Do yours?
  • Zappos Core Values
    • Deliver WOW Through Service
    • Embrace and Drive Change
    • Create Fun and a Little Weirdness
    • Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open Minded
    • Pursue Growth and Learning
    • Build Open and Honest Relationships with Communication
    • Build a Positive Team and a Family Spirit
    • Do More with Less
    • Be Passionate and Determined
    • Be Humble
    Rad­i­cal Trust in Patrons and
  • Librarians have made retrieval and accuracy a god – disregarding what users’ preferences are
    -Chrystie Hill
    Inside Outside and Online: Building Your Library Community
  • “We want to get freshmen in the door, showoff our space, and hopefully make them feel comfortable. Let them see that we are approachable and not stogy. We want to set the bar high and raise their expectations of what the library is or can be.”  -Brian Matthews the Ubiquitous Librarian
  • Poker?
    Why not?
  • Deliver my materials to my doorstep.
  • No cell phones (really?)
    No Patrons. Simple.
  • Millenialssend and receive 100s of texts a day
  • Your library should have an app
    & u shdofr txt alerts!
  • Make it unbelievably to Use Your Library
  • I want things to work and work well…If it’s hard to use, limited in weird ways or doesn’t haveinteresting-to-mecontent, I’m gone – Michael Stephens
  • These images were produced by Queens Library. Design by Interactive & Print Designer: Laura E. Sgambati. Concept by Chief Marketing Officer: James A. Keller.
  • These images were produced by Queens Library. Design by Interactive & Print Designer: Laura E. Sgambati. Concept by Chief Marketing Officer: James A. Keller.
  • These images were produced by Queens Library. Design by Interactive & Print Designer: Laura E. Sgambati. Concept by Chief Marketing Officer: James A. Keller.
  • I want to start my own business.
    Is the library
    where I go for help?
  • NationalNovelWritingMonth
  • We Live in an Experience Economy
    Do you offerTransactionsor Experiences?
  • Expand Our Chance to Participate
  • Over 400 million people
    use Facebook
  • Interaction and Engagement
    Is your social media presence full of
    or personality?
    Don’t be the library, be a person.
  • Seth Godin:Libraries are no longer places for obscure books. The web is that. Libraries are places to organize the community.

  • 60%
  • Is this the message you want to send?
  • Or this?
  • Or…something like this?
    Johnson County Public Library
  • Or even better, this?
  • Show Your Face
  • Shift from sites of informationto sites of
    collaboration input
  • NY Public Library has 80,000 Followers
  • Txt Reference FAIL
    First Public Library Chat App
  • Natural Language not Dewey
  • Collection developmentWhere To Go for the Good Stuff
  • No one ownsthese in my county.
  • 40%
    eReaderowners who say they read more with an eReader than before.
    Where are you on ebooks?
  • Some people don’t wanttochat, be known, have a conversation(though some do!)
  • I eat at home with your books (I also read on the beach and in the bathtub!)
    So let me, no,
    encourage me
    to do it at the library
    can you say café?
  • Like, gawd, let me pay online already!Click here to donate
  • Be a CSA Pick Up
  • DIY
    How to Make Homemade Hard Cidar
    Or Homebrewing
  • Curbly
  • Ikea Hacker
  • Communal hybrid of a public library inside a pub
  • Your Computer Classes SuckWhere are the classes on:
  • Lake Placid Public Library
    Compost Bins and Programs around Sustainable Agriculture
  • First Time Home-Buyers
  • Power of the Unexpected
    Doing things together creates community.
    Michael Wesch
  • Book Club over drinks at the bar?
  • Give
    They Want
  • Take a Look at the Apple Genius Bar
  • Online Interviews with Bloggers/Authorslike7 impossible Things Before Breakfast
  • Trivia Night!
  • LOOK
    to see what’s happening.
    What are people doing?
    Where are people going?
    Go there.
    Or bring it in.
  • 5 Web Celebrities You’ve Never Heard Of
    and should keep an eye on
  • Dooce
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Seth Godin
  • ReeDrummond
    The Pioneer Woman
  • Frank Warren
  • Technology Entertainment Design
  • Our time would be better spent observing the core needs of our communities and thinking of exciting ways to meet them. And here’s the kicker: while access to information seems likely to be a core need for some time to come, checking materials in and out of a library may not.
    -Aaron Schmidt (Library Journal)
  • You’re not really irrelevant, but you play one on TVConnection andengagement is where it’s at
  • Thank you