Smart investing kick-off gives librarians a big boost
18 rural libraries take part in Smart investing@your library through Iowa Library Services (IaLS) grant
Rural librarians from across the state were in Ames on October 30 to gain valuable information for the Smart investing@your library classes they will be offering in 2012-2013. Margaret Monsour, program director for the American Library Association (ALA), was on hand along with State Librarian Mary Wegner, IaLS Consultant Alysia Peich, Extension Specialist Cynthia Fletcher and others who spoke about how to run a successful program.
IaLS was awarded a $72,438 grant funded by ALA and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to help build the capacity of rural Iowa libraries to provide effective, unbiased investor education and financially themed programming to their communities. Both face-to-face and online education will be provided by Iowa State University Extension staff. IaLS district consultants will also be on hand for face-to-face classes.
The October 30 session included a presentation by Mary Logsdon and Jillian Ocken of the Ames Public Library, which was the first Iowa library to receive the grant a few years ago. They talked about how they marketed the program by providing templates of bookmarks, fliers, and newspaper articles that librarians could draw from. Winterset Public Library was a recipient when IaLS received a similar grant in 2010-2011. Winterset library director Nancy Trask and ISU Extension Specialist Margaret Van Ginkel spoke their achievements with the program.
IaLS Southwest District Consultant Karen Burns introduced participants to the myriad ways libraries can use social media to market their programs. And ISU Extension Specialists Fletcher, Pat Swanson and Mary Beth Kaufmann provided an overview of the classes and online resources they would use.
Librarians participating in the current Smart investing@your library program are Angie Martin-Schwarze, Kendall Young Library, Webster City; Becky Bilby, Sioux Center PL; Brandie Ledford, Sac City PL; Bridgett Johnson, West Bend PL; Carrie Falk, Shenandoah PL; Connie Mataloni, Sibley PL; Debbie Stanton, Washington Free PL; Frankie Hannan, Missouri Valley PL; Sue Padilla, Newton PL; Kara Vance, Independence PL; Kelly Fischbach, Carroll PL; Kristin Torresdal, Decorah PL; Roslin Thompson, Knoxville PL; Sarah Clendineng, Fort Madison PL; Shirley Vonderhaar, James Kennedy PL, Dyersville; Sonja Ferrell, Ottumwa PL; Sydney Heimer, Osage PL; Tena Hanson, Estherville PL; and Laura Blaker, Independence PL.