Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

Programming is a vital technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but in addition higher serving latest buyers. Lear s worthwhile 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 variation includes

  • Updated chapters on fundamentals comparable to investment, crafting directions, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
  • A new part on know-how, with rules 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 selection of "five-star" courses from libraries round the kingdom that may be simply adapted

Walking the reader via each element of grownup programming, this new version of a tried-and-true e-book is really a librarian s ally.

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Producing a live program We’ve covered quite a bit in this chapter. We entered this chapter with a programming policy. We then developed policies and guidelines that enabled us to clarify our programming mission. We established a budget. We then formed a programming committee to provide leadership and to guide our programming efforts. We produced some paperwork that will help us coordinate the programming work that will be shared among various departments. We’ve created some tools that will help us in the planning process, such as calendars and databases that track our pending programs.

Can the survey be handed out to patrons in any section of the building? Should you give the survey to all your patrons? It depends on the intent of the survey. If you are asking people what adult programs they would want to see produced, should you give the survey to children and teens? ) Public Library. The questionnaire asked patrons if they were able to locate the materials they sought, and, if not, what types of materials were lacking. We realized that we should not distribute the survey at the checkout desk, because people checking out books probably did find something they wanted.

12 Once you have your survey ready, it’s time to decide how to distribute the survey and who your sample will be. Will you conduct the survey via phone? Who will you call? 3 Programming Survey If we were to begin offering adult programs, which type of program would you be most likely to attend? Please select one of the following: A monthly book discussion group A film series covering a theme, such as “Great Silent Classics” or “Film Noir” A “how to” program, such as “How to Select a Home Computer” or “How to Travel Cheap in Europe” A speaker sharing his or her knowledge with the audience; for example, a Holocaust survivor recounting her experiences at Auschwitz Workshops or classes that explain how to use library resources, such as the Internet and the online magazine index I do not have an interest in attending library programs for adults.

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