Power Up News
Announcing the Powered Libraries Road Trip - July 2017
The Texas Library Association is kicking off year two of our Powered Libraries campaign with a five-day road trip through west Texas to highlight the wonderful, creative work libraries are doing in their communities. The campaign tour will visit six libraries in San Angelo, Midland, Fort Davis, Marathon, and El Paso to produce video spotlights dedicated to each library.
Read the press release for more information about the tour.
Power Up Week Game Plan
Power Up at Your Library Week (Power Up Week), October 1-7, is a time to celebrate libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Each day during the week, TLA will be supporting local efforts with social media giveaways and videos featuring various libraries around Texas. Choose one or choose all. Customize your participation to fit your library. All types of libraries – academic, public, school, and special – can participate. Register and share your plans with us when the link is live.
Celebrations during Power Up at Your Library Week include:
Pre-game Sunday | October 1
A day for libraries and librarians to share photos or posts about how they are preparing for Power Up Week. Pre-game checklist: schedule social media dispatches, temporarily change Facebook profile photo and Twitter avatars, use the #poweredlibraries hashtag.
Advocacy Monday | October 2
A day for stakeholders, administration, and dignitaries to demonstrate support toward libraries and librarians – e.g. regional and local proclamations, school and campus announcements, posters, etc. Powered Libraries will release an advocacy video spotlight.
Tinkering Tuesday | October 3
A day highlighting technology, tinkering, and maker spaces – whether it’s robotics, 3D printing, computers, laptops, or mobile devices. Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting technology.
Web Widget Wednesday | October 4
A day featuring all things web related (virtual scavenger hunts, escape rooms, surveys, eBooks, audiobooks via Overdrive, databases, Zinio books & magazines, etc.) in the library. Powered Libraries will release a new video.
Powerful Partnership Thursday | October 5
A day celebrating partnerships with organizations, associations, groups, cultures, and storytellers in our community (e.g. authors, Veterans’ groups, dance troops, architecture groups, scientists, heritage and multicultural organizations, literacy organizations). Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting a Powerful Partner in the Texas community.
Innovative Impact Friday | October 6
A day demonstrating how libraries impact communities (campus, city, neighborhood, school, town) through both subtle and dynamic strategies. (e.g. Bookmobiles, homeless outreach, working with underserved populations, improving literacy, book displays on campus and in schools, etc.) Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting innovation in the library.
Offline Saturday | October 7
A day showcasing creative programming that doesn’t require much (any) electricity or technology. (e.g. reading to therapy dogs, building with Legos or blocks, bicycle-powered libraries, teaching a dance class, second language lessons, hosting a string quartet/piano/acoustic musicians, etc.)
Congratulations to our winner of the 3D Printer Powered Up Prize Pack! Stephanie Biggs from Milam Elementary in the Wichita Falls ISD pledged to power up her library and won the grand prize at the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio.
Year One Review
The Powered Libraries campaign has completed its first year! View the campaign's Year One Review.
3D Printer Giveaway
Attendees of the 2017 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio will be eligible to win a Powered Up Prize Pack, including a FREE 3D Printer donated by PolyPrinter .
The prize package, valued at nearly $5,000, includes:
Visit the Powered Libraries Information Kiosk near conference registration to enter to win. Entries will be limited to the conference attendees that pledge to participate in Power Up Week, October 1-7, 2017. Good luck!
NEW Branding Iron Award
The Texas Library Association Branding Iron Awards now feature a new category to offer a Power Up Award for the outstanding programs, promotions, outreach, and services incorporating the Powered Libraries/Power Up at Your Library campaign.
This new award will be given to a library that participated in our first-ever Power Up Day, held on September 15, 2016. Winners of all the Branding Iron Awards will be announced at Annual Conference on April 22, 2017.
The deadline to apply has already passed.
Announcing Power Up Week | October 1-7, 2017
Join the Powered Libraries campaign in celebrating Power Up Week October 1-7, 2017, a week where libraries across the state will showcase innovation and dynamic leadership. Last year, to great success, hundreds of libraries from around the state took part in Power Up at Your Library Day on September 15, 2016. Participants statewide responded by organizing events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. Thanks last year’s positive feedback, we are expanding the Powered Up celebration to encompass an entire week. Save the date and start making plans now to incorporate Powered Up programs this October.
Help us demonstrate the campaign’s key messages:
• Libraries are essential to the creation and sharing of ideas in the community
• Libraries are forward-thinking, technology-driven institutions, more vital today than ever before
• What libraries do reflects a truly diverse field of information work, representative of the variety and scope of libraries in the state.
View the 2017 Power Up Toolkit for programming ideas and resources to help you celebrate Power Up Week!
Economic Value of Texas Libraries
The Texas State Library and Archives recently released a report about the ROI of Texas libraries. According to their findings, communities see a return of investment of $4.64 for every dollar spent. Texas public libraries provide over $2.5 billion in economic value to their communities, strengthening the job market and providing a wealth of services and programs to improve people’s lives.
For more information and to view the full report, visit the TSLAC website .
Power Up Resources
In April 2016 at annual conference, the TLA PR + Marketing Committee launched the campaign “Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do” to showcase the innovation, leadership, and technology-centered work being generated in today’s libraries.
The resources on this website can be used all year long, and we hope that you will be inspired to expand the innovation happening at your location.
The 2017 Power Up Toolkit contains specific programming ideas that are ready to implement, and the Ideas Powered Toolkit provides you with additional resources to customize your marketing efforts.
Looking for ideas and inspiration for your library? Visit the Ideas Shared page, and consider submitting your own ideas to share with other libraries.
Follow the campaign and stories featuring other powered libraries through the campaign's social media hashtag #poweredlibraries.