By Katie Womble & Brenda Burk



Time’s running fast (don’t forget to spring back this weekend), and we’ve got a workshop coming up! Brenda Burk and myself are planning the Spring Workshop, and want to share a couple of details as things start to take shape. Get ready for more details in the next few days.


Our focus this year is “(Out)reaching to  the Universe on a Ground Level Budget”.


Mark your calendars, because on April 24th you can attend a workshop that will focus on bringing together experts and resources – and each other – to discuss how to better perform outreach to our communities. Charity Rouse, Director of Local History at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, will present on galvanizing community archiving through your organization, followed by a panel of news media outlet speakers who will share the inside scoop on how to effectively present information to them in order to get it to the public.


We will be having our annual workshop at the main branch of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. The schedule looks a little something like this…


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Registration and Social


10:30 a.m. - Noon   Behind the scenes of Attics to Archives

An overview of this project of the Spartanburg Public Library discussing  their successful and not so successful efforts in community outreach and involvement.  It will be followed by questions and answers time with a panel of their staff to answer questions from the group but also questions to the group to think through for themselves.


12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Getting their attention!  

How can we get the attention of local news media outlets to publish stories about our collections, services, and projects?  Editors from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal will give us tips and advice on what they will publish in their newspaper.   We will then be able to create our “elevator speeches” to grab their attention and get our work noticed in the community.


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Brainstorming Session

During the day, we have learned a lot!  The ending session will be a time for others to share their experiences and to brainstorm potential ideas on how to enhance their outreach activities at their organization. 



Breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries) and lunch included.


Register Now!