Newsletters are a great way to keep your staff informed of what’s happening in the library or new additions to the library. When I first started as a library media specialist I distributed the good old fashioned paper newsletter, but now there are some great online services available which make it so easy to create, email and track views.

One of my favorite online newsletter services is Smore. It’s really easy to use, you can add text, links, pictures and videos and there are lots of different layout options. The designs are somewhat limited, for example you can’t change text style or size, but they are continually making improvements and adding options. There is a free and a paid “pro” version and I currently just use the free version. With the free version there is a 200 email limit per month, but our district has an one email address which will distribute to the entire high school staff, so I don’t have to enter each individual staff email.

I try to do a newsletter every quarter and when I have something new in the library. When I started our ebook/audiobook service with OverDrive I sent a newsletter specifically for that announcement.