Library services to adults in Missouri encompass a broad spectrum of people with diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds, in various stages of life, creating different information needs. Serving these varying populations can sometimes seem like a daunting task. What to do about reaching out to the newest immigrant group in your area? Do you have enough programming to engage the seniors in your community? And what about Baby Boomers? Is your library welcoming to people with disabilities, either of a physical or developmental nature? These are all questions that librarians who serve adults have to grapple with, and hopefully by combining our collective knowledge and sharing what we have learned, we can not only provide better service, but feel good about the job that we are doing. In an ongoing effort to assist adult services library staff in providing exemplary service, the state library is offering a series of presentations via video conference called Adult Services Direct as well as other training and grant opportunties.
The Programming Librarian
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office recently launched new features and a monthly e-newsletter for its Web site, ProgrammingLibrarian.org. Designed for librarians who plan and present cultural programs and events, ProgrammingLibrarian.org is both a resource center and a community of librarians committed to bringing increased access to literature, music, contemporary issues, art, history, poetry, scholars, writers and musicians to their communities.
New features of ProgrammingLibrarian.org include:
- Job listings for librarians who plan, promote and present cultural programs and events for the public.
- Monthly featured library, highlighting the inventive and inspiring work of local practitioners.
- Regular, in-depth feature articles, discussing current trends and best practices in developing library programming.
United Way 211 is a toll free number connecting people with available community resources and volunteer opportunities and an excellent resource for libraries. Dialing 211 connects an individual to a trained professional 24/7 to assist with a number of issues including food pantry or utility assistance, temporary shelter, employment assistance, day care information, and counseling services. To find out more about United Way 211 or to use the online search function visit http://www.211helps.org/.
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The Missouri Center for the Book was established in 1993 “to bring the words and ideas of books into the thoughts and lives of Missourians.”