On-Demand Library Marketing Series: (Part One:) Introduction and Basics

Description: This first session of the Library Marketing Series This one-hour introduces learners to library marketing terminology and concepts. The presenter will introduce the library marketing "umbrella" and hope to demystify the differences between the terms outreach, marketing, promotions, communications, publicity, and public relations (PR). By the end of this one hour webinar, learners will gain an understanding of how this concepts apply to libraries.

The four-part webinar series covers the basics of Library Marketing. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Define library marketing, as it applies to libraries and non profit organizations 
  • Distinguish the components of the library marketing umbrella (outreach, promotions, communications, public relations, and publicity) 
  • Identify the importance of market research as a way to study your users before engaging in marketing activities 
  • Understand the need to split your users into "segments" so that your marketing is tailored and scalable.

    Who Should Attend: This webinar is geared to workers in public, academic, and special libraries


    Mark Aaron PolgarMark Aaron Polger is an academic librarian and information literacy instructor who has been working in libraries since 1992. He received his MLIS degree in 2000 from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) and has worked as a librarian in public, hospital, and academic libraries. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Library Outreach at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY). He assists in the promotion of library events for CLUE (College Life Unit Experience) credit, coordinates the partnership with local-area high schools and public library branches, and serves as the liaison to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Office of Student Life, SEEK office, and the Center for Global Engagement. 

     Since 2014, he has been co-chairing the Annual PR Xchange Awards Competition, part of the new Core division of the American Library Association. Locally, he co-chairs meetings in New York City for ACRL National’s Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group. He was part of the founding committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) from 2015-2019. Currently, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the open-access, peer reviewed journal Marketing Libraries Journal, which was launched in Fall 2017. 

     He is the author of three books; Library Signage and Wayfinding Design: Communicating Effectively with your Users (2021), Library Marketing Basics (2019), and Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians (co-authored with Scott Sheidlower)(2017).

    Tech Requirements

    Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.


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