Social Library, Volume 63

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 19 July 2016
Social Library, Volume 63

This edition of the Social Library features libraries who are partnering in various ways, to provide programs and incentives to patrons. We see many of the partnerships clearly represented in the Facebook posts, including a state-wide reading challenge, a children's dental health program, and storytimes in unlikely locations. And for others, we're guessing that libraries have connected with local vendors for in-kind contributions, in the form of ice cream, or backpacks filled with school supplies. We hope these examples inspire you to seek out local and state partnerships. And if you'd like to see your library featured in the Social... Read more

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Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 18 July 2016
Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

With a new strategic goal to focus on increasing patron access to and engagement with books and reading, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) in Northwestern Washington embarked on an ambitious effort to get all of their staff ready and eager to get out and talk to patrons about books and reading. All staff includes pages, clerks, non-public services staff, and administrators, well beyond those traditionally trained as Reader's Advisors (RA). The message to administrators and non-professional staff: if the library expects our patrons to come in and find books they like to read, then everyone on staff should know... Read more

Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 14 July 2016
Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities

Library programs for new audiences often suffer from "if we build it, they will come" syndrome. So, if we know simply offering a new program to a new audience isn't likely to be as successful as we want, then what are strategies to ensure better attendance at the programs and to build relationships with patrons new to the library?

That's the question Katie Scherrer, consultant and co-author of Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish, and Lauren Simon, Community Librarian at Tualatin Public Library, sought to answer in the recent webinar Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge... Read more

Igniting a Love of Reading: CCPL's SPARK Program Removes Barriers

Morgan Lehr Miller, Acting Director, and Rachel Wright, Youth Services Manager, Cecil County Public Library
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Published: 11 July 2016
Igniting a Love of Reading: CCPL's SPARK Program Removes Barriers

Many public libraries offer a summer reading program, but the IMLS National Medal award-winning Cecil County Public Library's program is unique in its focus. Sociologist Karl Alexander's 30-year longitudinal study of socioeconomic differences in children’s learning (Schools, Achievement, and Inequality: A Seasonal Perspective, 2001) concluded that access to libraries over the summer was the single most determining factor in whether or not a child makes educational gains during the summer, combating both summer learning loss and, in the long term, strengthening high school graduation rates.

Because of this research, Cecil County Public Library (CCPL) increased the marketing of its Summer... Read more

Anytime + Anywhere = Never: Motivating the Self-Directed Learner

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 07 July 2016
Anytime + Anywhere = Never: Motivating the Self-Directed Learner

We all aspire to be lifelong learners, especially in service of our library patrons. And we have all hit the snag of "anytime + anywhere = never"―the reality that unlimited access, unbounded time and lack of external motivators in self-directed learning often means that our learning never gets off the ground.

The underlying assumption is that self-directed, continual learning is essential for all library staff in the modern workplace. Libraries need to be nimbly responsive to emerging technologies and changing needs of their communities. Libraries are only as nimble as their staff, who must acquire new skills and knowledge continually.... Read more

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