Outreach Programming: Serving Hidden Patrons

Erica Melko, OCLC Communications Coordinator/Editor, Membership and Research
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Published: 23 January 2020
Outreach Programming: Serving Hidden Patrons

Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, NC is a rural library serving Vance County where approximately two-thirds of the county's population is either under the age of 18 or over the age of 60. Yet mobility issues and lack of transportation meant these demographics were not reflected in the patrons visiting the brick-and-mortar library. Because these patrons were not using library services, explains Assistant Director of PML Angie Bates, they were hidden from library staff’s view. With such a large population of Vance County residents unable to reach the library's physical location, PML developed an outreach initiative aimed at serving these... Read more

Social Library, Volume 149

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 21 January 2020
Social Library, Volume 149

Up next in our Social Library series we're highlighting five libraries for their Facebook posts which feature creative library programming, volunteer recognition and a very special 3D Baby Yoda. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Huntsville Madison County Public Library in Alabama shared a photo of a 3-D Baby Yoda created in the library's makerspace. We've seen so many other Baby Yoda's created at libraries, we decided it was time to showcase! "Baby Yoda really wants you to get... Read more

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Minnesota State Law Library partners with Saint Paul Public Library to promote access to justice

Erica Melko, OCLC Communications Coordinator/Editor, Membership and Research
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Published: 16 January 2020
Minnesota State Law Library partners with Saint Paul Public Library to promote access to justice

Law libraries can provide people with information, forms, and legal aid references to help them with their legal questions. Too often, however, people either don’t know that law libraries exist or may be intimidated to visit them, as law libraries are usually housed in government buildings behind security. By contrast, public libraries are central institutions frequented by community members, but public library staff may not have the specialized knowledge to confidently answer patrons’ pressing legal questions.

The Minnesota State Law Library has partnered with Saint Paul Public Library to create the Legal Reference at the Public Library program. This initiative... Read more

Opening Doors and Minds with a "Yes!"

WebJunction
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Published: 08 January 2020
Opening Doors and Minds with a

"Yes!" That’s what Kathy Zappitello, Executive Director of the Conneaut Public Library wants her staff to be able to say to patrons, to colleagues, and to new opportunities. The library, which serves a community of 12,841 residents in northeast Ohio, recently closed to for a day for staff training. As part of the training, Zappitello shared with staff that she was interested in helping everyone go beyond the "nuts and bolts of their jobs" to achieve a greater understanding of the community. She outlines a few of her reasons for encouraging all of us to say, "yes!"

Public Libraries and the 2020 Census

Erica Melko, OCLC Communications Coordinator/Editor, Membership and Research
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Published: 02 January 2020
Public Libraries and the 2020 Census

Federal funding for public libraries will be determined by the 2020 U.S. Census results, with ALA reporting that "more than $1 billion in federal funding for libraries will be allocated to states based on the 2020 Census." In addition to federal funding, the decennial Census data will inform congressional representation, resources allocated for community services, emergency disaster response strategies, and more.

Ensuring a full and fair count of your community is essential.

The 2020 Census will face new challenges, however, in equitable counting. As the first census to be conducted primarily online and with a considerable reduction in local census... Read more

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