When discussing how great the recent conference in Bretton Woods was at the Seacoast Co-op meeting this morning, I remembered that I had promised to post the collective wisdom gathered at the program on libraries and community relations. Hope that you find these ideas as worthwhile as I do!
How to create and sustain positive Library and Community Relations
- Need to educate town government—
- Newsletter for town department
- Making pertinent statistics available on a regular basis
- Showing a cost/benefit ratio for services
- Use Event-Keeper and link it to town departments.
- Put library information on light bills, water bills, town notices.
- Do you have equipment another department could use, e.g. a typewriter?
- Give complimentary copies of books to stakeholders, target audience.
- Create a community contacts book, with web contacts when available.
- Have a brochure of services for newcomers.
- See if you can help realtors create a “Welcome” kit for newcomers.
- What to do if there are less-than-perfect relationships with town departments—
- Show appreciation
- Ask advice
- Invite them to your library or to co-sponsor events
- Ask them to judge a contest
- Attend/participate in department meetings and communicate library happenings.
- Be a librarian OUTSIDE of the library.
- Join a service organization.
- Serve on a town committee.
- Teach people how to use databases that will help them in their work (e.g., “LearningExpress”).
- Purchase locally when possible.
- Ask to be a speaker for your library at various organizations.
- Host a non-profit showcase.
- Hold a candidates’ night.
If you missed the READS-TO-GO sessions at NHLA’s conference, then all I can say is you missed out on a lot of fun. Even though this new READS program alone would get any librarian excited, RTG’s creators outdid themselves donning costumes and performing numerous outlandish skits based on such famous gameshows as Family Feud and Lets Make a Deal to outline the rational behind READS-TO-GO and its many well thought out features and processes.
But perhaps you still aren’t familiar with RTG. Never fear, READS-TO-GO has its own new website that is rapidly adding more information. Right now, you can browse a list of the more than twenty popular book titles that will be available in book bags along with kits including discussion questions and much, much more. So please visit the new website regularly and get your book groups ready to participate in this enthusiastic, innovative program.
READS-TO-GO website address: http://www.reads-to-go.org/.
What an informative, elegant, and just plain fun (and funny) conference last week at the Mount Washington Hotel. I learned a lot more that I expected, and laughed while I was learning, which is by far my favorite method.
I have a suggestion for a “track” for the 2008 NHLA Conference, and after several discussions with various other people in other roles within their libraries, think that it would be fairly popular. It would start with…
- Hiring the right person for the job and the library
- Training for excellence
- Evaluations of staff and directors by directors and trustees
- Raises (scales, COL’s, merit?)
and end with…
- Dealing well with personnel problems
If book discussion groups are your bag, then you will want to learn more about READS-TO-GO!
Join us at the library conference for the best time you’ve had in years! There’ll be music, there’ll be laughs, there’ll be surprises, there’ll be raffles, and there’ll be all the information you’ll need to fall in love with this great new program! Librarians will be talking about this one for ages! You’ll never forgive yourself if you miss it!
READS-TO-GO LAUNCH PARTY – THURSDAY 9-10AM, FRIDAY 2-3PM
Sign up now! An extension has been arranged for registration at the spring NHLA Conference! Not only can you still register for the conference, but you can register to stay at the Mt. Washington Hotel at a discounted rate through the weekend.
For more information about conference and hotel registration, visit http://nhlibconf.org/.
If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you all there!
Today is the cut off date to reserve a room at the unbelievable rate of $119 a night! If you are coming to the New Hampshire Libraries Conference, you may not know that the hotel extends its $119 rate for the remainder of the weekend to conference attendees. Previously we thought the Taste of New Hampshire was following our conference which is a plus for some and a minus for others. It turns out that the Taste of NH is the weekend before, so we have most of the hotel to ourselves. There is a lap pool, a heated outdoor pool, and a six-person jacuzzi at the hotel. There is also shuttle access to the Bretton Woods sports complex, all a part of your accommodations. The main dining room will be open all weekend that includes an ala carte menu and Stickney’s on Friday night. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to Fabyan’s restaurant (train station). It is also possible for you to get room service anywhere on the main floor, so you can eat by the fireplace if you want. Laura Knoy is our dinner speaker on Thursday night.
For more information on the conference, go to http://nhlibconf.org/.
READS-TO-GO book club kits are coming soon to a library near you! The READS-TO-GO Steering Committee is interested in your extra copies of Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. If you have extra copies you are willing to part with, please send them on the van to the Manchester City Library attn: Claudia Mayer, or Canaan Town Library attn: Amy Thurber. Thanks in advance!
The title list of bags that will be available after the Spring Conference has hit twenty—a great big thank you to all libraries that have offered to host bags so far. If your library would like to be a part of this new, exciting progam, email Amy at email@example.com.
Don’t forget to visit the READS-TO-GO Launch Party at the Spring Conference—you won’t want to miss this!
In the spirit of connecting New Hampshire libraries and librarians, please join the NHLA executive board in welcoming new members at the Orient Express, Thursday, May 17, 5:30-6:30. If you are a new member, you will receive a complimentary beverage, along with some tips on getting the most from the conference. Register now; see you there.
As I’m sure many of you know, NHLA is holding a two-day conference on May 17th and 18th at the Mount Washington Hotel, and the theme is “Connecting NH Libraries.” As has been the custom for some time, the conference is a joint endeavor with the New Hampshire Educational Media Association, and from what I’ve learned so far, the conference program is going to be outstanding. Session topics range from graphic novels to disaster planning to “nuts and bolts” of audiobooks to social software to serving GLBTQ teens. So if you haven’t registered already and/or made your hotel reservations, head over to http://nhlibconf.org/ and get connected.