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A New Year; A New Direction

At this time of year I often try to focus and redirect.  I look at what I’ve been doing to see if it works and I ask myself how can I do better. Here’s my quick list of what I’ll like to do in 2013.

  1. Busy families drop-in to make a craft anytime on summer Fridays at the Keene Public Library

    Busy families drop in to make a craft anytime on summer Fridays at the Keene Public Library

    Meet Library Users Where They Are. Do we offer programs in the right time and place for busy working families? If not, why not? And what can we do to make it easier to use the library and to attend events?  One way could be to turn more structured library programs into passive drop-in programs. During December and the summer months, we have a drop-in craft Friday. Almost everyone that comes into the department on these days participates.  Perhaps we should do this more regularly. This year I want to consider why our evening family programs have not always had the numbers we anticipated.  Perhaps evening programs may need to be a bit bigger and brighter than our weekly daytime offerings. And maybe the timing is wrong. At the Keene Public Library, we offer a number of big draw Saturday afternoon programs like our annual Family Ladybug Book Award Festival, Star Wars Day, and Family Gingerbread House Workshops. If we had  add occasional high impact evening programs to our schedule of events, would we reach a whole new population that has been too busy to make a trip to the library?

  2. Lego

    Lego brings in new families at the Keene Public Library

    Make New Friends. I want to bring new people into the library and to have them return regularly.  This evening I noticed families asking for directions in the library. “Where’s the Trustee’s Room?” It dawned on me that if these people are probably new to the library and whatever program was happening in the Trustee’s Room had achieved something I wish all my programs did. It brought new people into the library. This year I want to make sure I’m offering some programs that will bring in new people.  Our monthly Lego program does but what other programs can I offer that will bring in people that have to ask for directions? I recognize that I’ve been guilty of taking the easy way out and offering my the programs I like without taking the trouble to find out what my patrons want. Sometimes it is too easy to do last year’s successful program again this year.  And then after a decade you realize maybe the program isn’t so hot anymore. I just found some good suggestions on how to make sure my programs are relevant to my current patrons on Bryce Don’t Play. He suggests that we watch a little of the new shows on Nick Jr., PBS, and the Cartoon Network and to pay attention to kids’ shirts.  Read more »

NHLA Goals for 2012

  • Review NHLA Constitution and By-Laws and proposed changes/updates to be voted on by entire NHLA membership
  • Hold Small Libraries Summit in spring 2012
  • Plan/organize Annual Conference for spring 2013
  • Continue to improve communications with membership
  • Continue to fund continuing education workshops offered through the State Library
  • Expand and promote the Specialists Network project
  • Continue annual NHLA Board member visit to each NH Public Library Cooperative to solicit feedback about needs and to provide information about NHLA

Questions about these goals can be directed to 2012 NHLA President, Lori Fisher, at bfldirector@comcast.net.

NHLA Goals for 2011

HOLD A SMALL LIBRARIES SUMMIT EVERY OTHER YEAR

  • The next summit will be spring 2012

 

IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH MEMBERSHIP

  • Expand efforts to keep website current
  • Continue polling membership for ideas and opinions
  • Continue visits to library cooperatives throughout the state
  • Redesign website

 

PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY

  • To be held during National Library Week, April 2011

 

FUND CONTINUING EDUCATION SESSIONS TO BE OFFERED BY THE STATE LIBRARY

  • Poll members for workshop ideas

 

CREATE A LIST OF MENTORS TO HELP WITH SPECIFIC ISSUES

Thank you! NHLA Survey re: 2011 Goals

Dear NH library staff:

Thank you to the 155 of you who completed the NHLA survey for developing goals for 2011.  This will be very valuable information for our board meeting on for Tuesday, December 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Local Government Center in Concord.  I will report back to you after the board’s discussion.

I’ve attached a link (below) to the survey results for your review.

Mary H. White, President, NH Library Association, 2010-2011

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