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Rachel Stevenson Author Archive

Email: rstevenson@eriecountypa.gov  

Rachel Stevenson received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a MAAA from Goucher College. She currently works as the programming librarian in a library serving urban and rural populations NW Pennsylvania. Although she focuses on all types of programs her specialties are grants, arts, job/career, literature, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits. In 2017, her Get that Grant Boot Camp program had her library featured as Candid.'s Foundation Information Network (FIN) of the month. She is the retired bibliotherapist for Lois Alter Mark and has had her book recommendations featured with Mark in Midlife at the Oasis, Forbes.com, and the Huffington Post. She has also written for the blog RAforAll. She is happy to join the Public Libraries Online team to share her knowledge.

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Make Your Library ADA Friendly, Not Just ADA Compliant

Having an ADA compliant library is necessary by law, but you can go above the ADA requirements to become an ADA friendly library and better help your patrons with different abilities.

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The Library Comic Convention Goes Virtual

Like most other library programming, Library Comic Conventions went virtual during the pandemic. Three libraries share how they made the transition.

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Helping a Community Coping with Loss and Grief

Over half a million Americans have died from COVID-19 in almost a year. It is an enormous loss for our country and deeply felt in every community. Public libraries are in a prime position to help community members dealing with these tragic losses and many are already doing great work in this area.

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Virtual Programming Tips

Every librarian is at a different place when it comes to virtual programming. Some of us are longtime users/experts, some are coming up on a year of using video meeting software, Facebook, or YouTube to present programs, while others are just starting out. Programming in general can be difficult, but virtual programming has its own rules. Here are some of the things that have helped me in my first year of virtual programming.