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Library Innovation Studios

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Project Summary

Logic Model

Library Participation Benefits and Expectations with Answers to Questions

Application of Interest & Commitment  (pdf)  (Word)

Recorded Webinars

Training Videos

Equipment / Components

Equipment Instructions

Space Needs Chart

Communications

Community Engagement

Partners & Donors

Communications

Successful Makerspace initiatives depend on constant two-way communication within the community. Communication activities will be initiated by the local library staff, local extension educators, other local partners, and volunteers and makers. Listed below are a few suggested communication activities and resources. Each local library is encouraged to customize them according to specific target audiences and community needs. Each local community will focus on the communication channels and activities that work best in each area. Please share your communication successes in the Slack Forum (libinnovationstudio.slack.com) so that other communities can benefit from them. Since Word-of-Mouth is such a powerful communication strategy, please be sure to encourage everyone to “Tell Your Friends!” about the Library Innovation Studio—what they found there, what they learned there, who they met there, and how it changed their life.

Media Kit

How Can We Use a Media Kit?

  • Announce the arrival of the Library Innovation Studio Makerspace in your community.
  • Tell the “story” of how the Library Innovation Studio can help community residents explore, collaborate, create, learn, and invent.
  • Share testimonials about how the Makerspace facilitates entrepreneurship and local economic/community development.
  • Invite the public to attend planning sessions, training events, workshops, and Maker Showcases.
  • Recruit volunteers to serve on the Community Action Team, assist with equipment maintenance, serve as trainers on the Training Team, etc.
  • Publicize the Open House to introduce the community to the Library Innovation Studio.
  • Publicize the Local Maker Showcase to celebrate success with the community.
  • How Do We Get Media Attention?

    Develop contact lists for the media outlets in your area
    • Radio
    • TV
    • Newspapers and other print publications
    • Other

    Distribute News Releases
    Some Results from News Releases
    Adapt this Information Sheet [Word Doc] [PDF]

    Use Social Media. Make your message go viral when launching a story.

    Build Word-of-Mouth Marketing. Don’t just wait for people to start talking.

    Signage for the Library and Community
    • Flyers and posters (Library can fill in the blanks):
      • Letter [PDF], Legal [PDF], Tabloid [PDF}
    • Specific Equipment signs -- with support solicitation
    • Sample poster, as used for..... send us your examples to share here.

    Resources

    • Logos available for download:

    • LIS Logo Header - Invent, Create, Imaging LIS Logo LIS Logo Header LIS Logo Footer with Sponsors
    • Event Planning Form (Open House, etc.) [Word Doc] [PDF]
    • Template Library Open House Information Sheet [Word Doc] [PDF]
    • Nebraska Library Innovations Studios: Transforming Rural Communituies Website
    • Interview Tips

    Send Us Your Feedback!
    • Tell a story about a customer or ask them to tell the story in their own words. Share how you are encouraging everyone in the community to “Tell Your Friends!” and how your customers are practicing Word-of-Mouth marketing.
    • Kinley (age 8) wrote this note to the Ainsworth Public Library. (Thanks, Gail Irwin.)
    • Tell us what you need to promote your Makerspace.
    • Tell us how we can improve the Nebraska Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project.
    • Use the Forum (libinnovationstudio.slack.com) to learn together.

    Contact Information

    JoAnn McManus, Library Innovation Studios Project Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4870, 800-307-2665

    This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant #LG-95-17-0046-17].
    Program Partners include: Nebraska Library Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Regional Library Systems, and Nebraska 4-H Extention