Throughout the year, EveryLibrary hosts many trainings, events, and fundraisers to help libraries win elections and to politically advocate for libraries across the country. Please join us and help us fight for libraries.

Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Online

Libraries as a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In this National Entepreuership Week 2021 Library Community Webinar, join Mel Lambert, Director of Adult & Community Services at Kirkwood Public Library, for Libraries as a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Learn how libraries are positioned to be the best partner for individuals and community-based organizations to grow the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. This webinar is specifically designed for library leaders and anyone involved in business reference to learn more about how libraries can more effectively communicate about the work you already do. Entrepreneurial support organizations and local EDC officials need what your library has to offer, especially during the COVID slowdowns and recovery when online programs and more effective marketing about your work is key. 

About Mel Lambert: Worked in advertising. Owned a business. Now loves assisting startups and entrepreneurs with using FREE library resources to grow their businesses.

RSVP today to join us for this free webinar live on Monday, February 15th at 11am CST or anytime on demand after that. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Webinar

New Tools for the Gig: Using Library Resources for e-Ship and Job Hunters - National E-Ship Week 2021

Join Paul Steensland, Librarian at St. Louis County Library, for New Tools of the Trade: Using Library Resources for Job Hunters to learn how to use public library resources you already have to assist entrepreneurs and job hunters and to enhance your's workforce development outcomes. Career transition programs allow libraries to use existing resources to help their communities return to work. Re-employed patrons make a stronger contribution to the community’s shared prosperity. In this 2021 National Entrepreneurship Week webinar for the library community, Paul will share actionable insights and real-world experience in helping libraries focus on outreach, small businesses and career transition. If your library is interested in ways to expand existing e-ship and workforce services by re-imagining the use and impact of your digital collections and databases, this webinar is for you. 

Please RSVP now to reserve your place at this free live webinar on Tuesday, February 16th at 11am CST and to get the link to the on-demand archive immediately thereafter. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Libraries and Nonprofit Startups: An Easy Lift

Nonprofit organizations are an important but oftentimes overlooked sector of the entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem. We need to think past the image of nonprofits as volunteer-run or passion projects. Nonprofit organizations have employees, budgets, and donor-facing profiles that need a unique kind of support. Join Zachary Huber, Specialist Librarian at Toledo Lucas County Public Library, for an important and insightful webinar for the library community during National Entrepreneurship Week 2021 to learn ways you can more effectively help build nonprofit success through your library's business reference services. Public libraries of any size can leverage their collections, databases, and resources to help nonprofit organizations and agencies be better at the business-side so they can be more impactful in their mission and work. From ideation to startup to scale, the supports that properly-aligned libraries can provide to founders, boards, and staff should be front-and-center in your e-ship profile. 

Please RSVP today to join this free live webinar on Wednesday, February 16 at 11am CST and to receive the link to the on-demand archive for later viewing. 

About our presenter: Zachary Huber is a Specialist Librarian in the Business and Workforce Department at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library covering the areas of Grants, Business, and Workforce Development. Prior to joining TLCPL in 2019, he worked in the nonprofit sector for 6 years in fundraising and marketing.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Online

Setting up a Entrepreneur-Mentorship Program at Your Library

Public libraries are a key part of the "entrepreneurship ecosystem" of every town, city, and county in this country. In many places, the library is one of the only – if not the only – community anchor institutions. As an anchor, libraries provide workforce development services, help grow small businesses, and create sustaining supports for entrepreneurs who have a new business in mind or in place. Join Hadiza Sa-Aadu from the Kansas City Public Library for a deep dive into how library-based mentorship programs for entrepreneurs are key services in not only building better businesses in the local community but also how they are key to the scalability and impact of your library programs. You will learn about ways to strengthen existing business mentorship networks and provide culturally responsive mentorship through strategic collaborations. 

Please RSVP now for this free National Entrepreneurship Week 2021 webinar for the library community. It premieres live on Thursday, February 18 at 11am CST and then on-demand thereafter.

About our presenter: Hadiza Sa-Aadu has been working with Kansas City Public Library since April 2019 holding one-on-one meetings with patrons seeking help with their businesses and business ideas, putting on relevant business programming and establishing and developing partnerships with other entrepreneur support organizations. 


Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Zoom Online

Developing a Library Makerspace and Coworking Center

A recent study found that 27% of founders and entrepreneurs started their businesses first as leisure activities or hobbies (Kim, Longest, and Lippmann, 2015). Understanding and supporting hobbyists' journey into entrepreneurship is important if librarians want to help build the e-ship ecosystem in their communities. Join Marlon Moore, Library Media Project Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System for a free National Entrepreneurship Week 2021 webinar on Developing a Library Makerspace and Coworking Center. Find out more about how to develop spaces that provide access to creative tools and technology as places for entrepreneurs and patrons to grow. You will hear the lessons-learned at MDPLS in designing two innovative makerspaces and a Coworking Center. Learn more about how libraries help support a people-powered economy and help fuel inspiration among entrepreneurs, founders, and starters through access to the tech, facilities, and tools they need. 

RSVP Now for this free webinar on Friday, February 19th at 11am CST and also receive the link to the on-demand archive. 

About our Presenter: Marlon Moore is the Library Media Project Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS). He manages the Library’s Bookmobiles and other award-winning MDPLS programs such as the YOUmake Miami makerspaces, Coworking Center, and Technobus, a mobile technology innovation lab. Marlon is a skilled curriculum designer who creates technology, art, and business programs for the Library and enjoys sharing his expertise in developing innovative programs and technology initiatives at regional and national educational conferences.