By Brett W. Lear
Programming is a vital technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but additionally greater serving latest consumers. Lear s priceless consultant to grownup courses is back---and larger than ever, with refreshed, improved content material and new rules to reinvigorate courses and provides them a 21st-century spin. This version includes
- Updated chapters on fundamentals similar to investment, crafting guidance, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
- A new part on know-how, with principles for on-line booklet discussions, providing courses through Skype, and turning courses into podcasts
- Methods for tailoring courses for particular teams, akin to males, child boomers, and seniors
- A number of "five-star" courses from libraries round the state that may be simply adapted
Walking the reader via each point of grownup programming, this re-creation of a tried-and-true publication is actually a librarian s ally.
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If you were to pore over several successful memo proposals that have been submitted within your library over the years, you would probably discover that they contain a similar tone and format. Every library system also has a phrase or concept that is anathema to the powers that be. For example, perhaps your library director has spent many board meetings educating the library board on the fact that volunteers are not interchangeable with librarians. You have an idea about how volunteers can assist librarians with data entry projects, such as inputting obituary notices into your obit database.
We’re pretty sure that they somehow control the budget. They seem to handle the paperwork when people get hired. The supervisors of the building services staff seem to be located somewhere over there in administrative services. But what relation could administrative services staff have to programming? Perhaps they have to give us some money, but isn’t that it? Well, no. The budget is something that involves the folks in administrative services. Depending on your library’s hierarchy, they may be responsible for your insurance, the performers’ contracts, and the facilities and equipment you will need to host your program.
People from various departments can present portions of the workshop. For example, someone from your public relations or graphics office can present the material on publicity. PART 1 ■ YOUR ITINERARY Here is a possible workshop outline: I. Introduction (including a brief mention of how programming ties into the library’s mission) II. Adult programming B. YA programming C. Children’s programming III. Getting to know your community B. Selecting a topic C. Planning the program’s content: includes identifying a performer, choosing the right format, deciding on the performer’s fee, etc.