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Monday, October 22, 2012

Southport & Fairfield can take pride in Pequot Library's Educational Program Given

October 22, 2012
southport and fairfield can take pride in pequot library’s educational program given at the new england library association annual conference
Southport, CT – The town of Fairfield and the village of Southport, CT can take pride in their unique community library, the Pequot Library, presenting an educational program for librarians and libraries from all across New England at the New England Library Association (NELA) annual conference, held in Sturbridge, MA, Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
Pequot Library presented a program titled, “Design Your Own Website: Learn as You Grow.” Pequot used their award-winning (Connecticut Library Association Award 2011 for Best Website) website as a teaching tool. Panelists included: Adair Heitmann, Pequot’s Director of Communications, Maria Miranda, Director of Miranda Creative, Inc. (Norwich, CT), and Martha Lord, Executive Director of Pequot Library. They described the steps used to create Pequot’s Content Management System site and the challenges of web site maintenance. Along with an accompanying slideshow, packed with useful information, the panelists taught the audience how Pequot’s staff were motivated and empowered while learning new and necessary skills.
Mary Etter of the Library Connection and South Windsor Library introduced the program by saying that “it was a very special program. Usually NELA does not have an outside library offer to teach a program at a regional annual conference.” When Pequot Library did, they saw how helpful it would be to librarians and libraries in New England. After the program Etter said, “Thank you so much for the wonderful program! I really enjoyed learning about your process and the honest assessment of both the difficulty of the project and its importance for the Library. It's a lesson we should all heed.”
One unidentified program attendee thanked Pequot Library for giving her “the fuel she needed to go back to her library.”  Another expressed her gratitude by saying, “When I go to these technology programs I’m usually bored to tears. At yours you told us about project development from the personnel side. That’s what I really needed to hear!”
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