Genealogy for Kids Program

Today my colleague Krishna and I hosted “Discover Your Family Story” program for children grades 3 to 6.

Participants will begin a family tree, learn how to conduct an oral history interview and learn about library resources that can help you discover your family story.

The materials took me four hours to put together. Do my research, design the program and the craft project (seen above), cut out 12 trunks and leaves and 200 nametags for the trees, and put together the handouts. The most interesting part were people texting their relatives to ask, “What were the names of your grandparents? I only knew them as Pop…”

Collapsible FAQ

A little piece of work which I’m fairly happy with is this collapsible FAQ for our new WiFi page. It’s just some Bootstrap.

Closed:

Open:

It took a few variations to figure out the best layout for it. Originally I had screenshots from a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android phone. Then I downsized and dropped the iPad. It’s listed first here since it’s the most common iOS for our users.

Pi Day Blizzard Email

My hobby is making nice throwaway emails like this. The design is a default theme available from MailChimp. I realized later that I should have made the adult programs plural. There was a last minute change and I had to get the email out, so I missed it. There’s a lot going on in the text which I’m not 100% happy with it. Everyone likes clicking on Jen’s recommendation from Hoopla though so that’s a success.

Courtesy of Darien Library

Publicity Plan for WPA-enabled WiFi

Today we launched our new WPA-enabled WiFi which requires a password to log on. We’ve provided the password on our website, on a digital sign, and on tabletop signs throughout the Library. The publicity plan for this was quite heavy, though we scaled back some pieces in the end:

* Setup periodical reminders for the weekly events email
* As a Did You Know item in the weekly events email
* Library News (viewed on the patron’s dashboard when they log in)
* Facebook post
* Twitter post
* Update the Computers and Technology page
* Write a WiFi page for the website
* (Accidentally) Write a brief FAQ on online security (the questions initially came from the head of reference)
* Tabletop signs
* Digital sign
* Message on public computers’ login screen
* Did You Know item for the website
* Blurb on the FAQ page

The most time-consuming piece was writing the online security page. It was like a snowball — once you started writing, you’d realize that you need to define something else. In my mind, the confused faces of patrons asking “Browser?” kept pushing me to simplify and leave no details out. We’ll likely need to continue to tweak the language a little bit, but this is the starter page for online security.

First Time Experience with Facebook Live

In that LJ marketing class, a speaker talked about livestreaming with Facebook Live. We talked about it at work and finally the stars aligned when I was signed up to attend Stephanie’s Bullet Journal class. She emailed me yesterday and asked if I’d like to film her presentation. Sure! You can see her video below and my notes on the experience below.

Prep Work
I over prepared by bringing up a laptop, soundproof headphones, and my phone. My intentions were to film while listening in to the stream on the computer as a quality check. It quickly became apparent that the FB Live was about 5 seconds behind the real thing which was hard to handle. I eventually closed the laptop. My phone was plugged into the laptop to sustain its power hunger for the entire hour and seven minute presentation.

Setup & Camera Movement
Stephanie sat at the end of the table and I sat on the right side of the table about two feet from her. Since our Facebook page is a business account, you have to download the Page Manager app, not the Facebook one. The live button is hidden. You need to go to your account page then click on post. From there, you have an option to choose live. It seems to default to the camera facing you.

For the most part, my elbows were drawn close to my body so I could just see her from the elbows up. When she talked about something on-screen, I’d turn the camera and then pinch in on my screen to zoom. Then I tried to be fancy and pinch out simultaneously when moving back to Stephanie herself. The footage timed out twice when it disconnected from the staff’s WiFi.

Audience Response
I was able to very slowly like people’s comments and reply. At the end of the program, around 750 people had been exposed to the Live event, 220-ish had popped in, we had 16 likes, and a handful of comments. Not bad for a first adventure!

Health Hazards
It’s hard to hold your phone that long. My hands started cramping up. The worst pain was a stitch in my right side. At times I felt like I couldn’t breathe completely. This could be because I re-aggravated my previously impinged rotator cuff on Sunday. At the end, I was very, very tired.

Four Versions of Email Text

This week I’ve taken on something that I wasn’t sure about doing — ghostwriting text for other people. I started doing this because it’s the fastest way to get things written. We’re sending out a fundraising email next week and I rewrote the copy to be more like a personal letter in the voice of my colleagues who usually write the text. They’re not really here this week, but I’ve been typing up their newsletters for 3 years so I’m familiar with their style.

Then this morning, I realized that I hadn’t heard back from a colleague for her opening paragraph in this week’s events email. She was on desk and I realized the fastest way to handle this is to simply type up a few different versions and let her select one. I hoped she’d personalize her favorite, but she did not. Can you guess which one she choose?

Take One
Can you spot fake news? Social media has made it harder to determine if something is true or not. In this one-hour class on Fake News or Real News, I’ll show you how to determine for yourself if something you read is a credible piece of information.

Take Two
As librarians, we are asked every day to verify if websites, books, or articles can be trusted. Is the information they contain factual, an opinion, or propaganda? In this one-hour class, I’ll show you how to determine for yourself if something you read is a credible piece of information. We’ll look at tall-tale signs that information may be inaccurate and how to find out where the information came from.

Take Three
Win online debates by backing up your statements and debunking false ones! In this one-hour class, I’ll show you how to determine for yourself if something you read is a credible piece of information. We’ll look at tall-tale signs that information may be inaccurate and how to find out where the information came from.

Take Four
How do you know if an online story is real or fake news? It can be tricky with emotional words tapping into the high stress of the 24/7 news cycle. Learn how to spots the signs of inaccurate news and how to find out the truth via credible sources in this one-hour class.

Answer: Take Four

Note: I just remembered that I did my first ghostwriting about a month ago.