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Collaborate with Your Public Library: with Romeo Rosales

Today marks 1 year since I showcased my first podcast. Thank you so much for being a listener. It has been a fascinating year meeting new people and being reminded weekly what a great profession we chose to work in! Enjoy this week's show!

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Romeo Rosales who works at the first all-digital public library in San Antonio, Texas. He is the head librarian at BiblioTech. Click here to listen to his interview now.

Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Romeo shared for how public libraries can help partner with school librarians, especially during COVID-19. Collaboration is key!

  • BiblioTech provides access to MacBooks for the public.

  • The public library checks out over 700 T-Mobile and Sprint hotspots for their patrons to use.

  • Some educators would visit BiblioTech so they could use the digital tools to create lessons and communication tools for their classroom.

  • Reach out to your public library and see what they offer to your local families. Help bridge over to these public services.

  • BiblioTech is going to partner with a local school, During the day it will be the school’s library and in the evening it becomes the community’s library.

  • They set up wifi on buses to provide wifi for students to use when they traveled on school buses.

  • They have installed pop-up hot spots where patrons can scan, fax, and use the digital tools located on the library vans.

  • Help your families get a public library card and open the door for them to access many more resources.

You can follow Librarian Influencer Romeo Rosales at:

Take care and I hope to see you in my free webinar next week. I talk a little about it here. And you can register at this link.

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