Sept.
2016

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STEM Maker Kits Are Here!

The North Central Library District received funding through a Library Services and Technology Act grant to provide STEM Maker Kits for our member libraries to check out. Access the STEM Resources page on the District web site.

If your library would like to check out a kit, please request it through James V Brown's interlibrary loan department using this ILL Form . Kits can be checked out for up to a month. 

Please fill out the brief survey included with the kit. If you use the kit in a program, we'll ask you to briefly describe the program so that we can compile a list of program ideas for our district members. But you don't have to use the kits in a program. You can check them out just to see how they work!


 

Save the Date
Mandated Reporter Training 

Do you have new staff? You may want them to attend mandated reporter training. We did the training district wide about two years ago. We have the opportunity to offer it again for those who may have missed it. The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance will conduct an in person, 3 hour training. It's scheduled for November 16 from 9AM to Noon at James V Brown Library's Lowry Room. More info will come out soon.


Communication in the Workplace 

Are you daring, direct, innovative, blunt, decisive, strong-willed, bold, results oriented? You may be a "High D". If you are popular, gregarious, influential, open-minded, chances are you are a "High I". How about passive, possessive, amiable, steady, predictable, understanding, mild, friendly? You're a "High S". And if you are a perfectionist, courteous, mature, accurate, conscientious, precise, you're a "High C".

DiSC is the universal language of observable human behavior . Scientific research has proven that people, in terms of "how they act", universally have similar characteristics. By learning these characteristics, we can improve communication and our understanding of each other. Each of these characteristics brings value to the workplace. Understanding that value, the ideal work environment for each particular style, and how to work with each style improves communication with your boss, your spouse, your board, your staff, everyone. Good communication skills are essential to leadership.

Dr. Darrin Kass, faculty member in the Management Department in the College of Business at Bloomsburg University, presents on a variety of leadership topics including Communication in the Workplace, as a part of Bloomsburg University's Leadership and Executive Education Program (LEEP).  Library directors and staff of member libraries in the North Central Library District and surrounding districts learned how to effectively communicate using the principles of supportive communication on June 10 and on August 19, 2016, at the James V Brown Library in Williamsport. 

So what were we doing with spaghetti and marshmallows? Building the tallest possible marshmallow spaghetti tower ever! And while we were at it, we learned our own personality characteristics and how those characteristics contribute to the project. Do you jump right in? Do you sit back and let others take the lead? Do you support the structure? It was an enlightening way to show the value of each team member. 

NCLD plans to offer future workshops through LEEP. Stay tuned!




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Continuing Education Committee
Priorities for 2017

The Continuing Education Committee is comprised of library directors from our district that meet about 4 times a year to discuss and prioritize our continuing education needs. The Committee identified the following as priorities for 2017:
  • STEM Training
  • Developing a volunteer program
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • LEEP Workshops
  • Actively invite all district members to attend District Advisory Council meetings twice a year and stay for informal training, discussion and networking.
Possible Future topics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Recognizing drug use and how to handle it in the library. 
Have a topic you'd like to see added to the list? Let us know.




Overdrive 

Need to find Overdrive stats for your library? Click here. The statistics are updated around the first of every month. 

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Don't Forget the Compendium

Don't miss out on news at the state level. The latest Compendium is packed with information about workshops, webinars, the recent PEW Research Report, library news and more.