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Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook [NOOK Book]


Including 66 focused snapshots of outreach in action, this resource reflects the creative solutions of librarians searching for new and innovative ways to build programs that meet customer needs while expanding the library’s scope into the community. This contributed volume includes

A huge array of program...
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Including 66 focused snapshots of outreach in action, this resource reflects the creative solutions of librarians searching for new and innovative ways to build programs that meet customer needs while expanding the library’s scope into the community. This contributed volume includes

A huge array of program options for partnering with other community groups
Outreach in action through writing essays, poetry, and fiction
Event planning for library anniversaries, book festivals, science projects, and student athletes

With a wide range of contributors, this book will give you a multifaceted approach for reaching out within your community.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Caitlin Augusta
Smallwood presents 66 library outreach projects, each authored by librarians from a variety of settings and geographies. Ten different sections group the projects under loose headings such as "Classroom Outreach," "Diversity Outreach," and "Community Group Outreach and Collaboration." The endeavors originate from academic, public, school, and special libraries. While this book does not focus specifically on teen services, the book contains a wealth of ideas and practical tips that most librarians will find inspiring and useful. The book makes a strong case for the benefits of collaboration, backed up by specific projects and quantifiable results. Within the pages, librarians can contemplate digitizing their special collections, creating a library art gallery, or working with home-schooled teens. Ideas range from homework clubs for English Language learners to marketing a college library's services with candy. Given its 34 authors, the writing stays surprisingly consistent, and the text is straightforward without being excessively dry. These previously unpublished essays range from 1900-2100 words, which make them easy to browse. Contributors include past ALA president Loriene Roy, as well as Meryle Leonard of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. While the contributors cover projects for children, teens, college students, and adults, the reader will feel these projects can be adapted for use by most libraries, size and community resources permitting. For libraries contemplating new roles in their communities, this will serve as a useful brainstorming tool. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta
Library Journal
Thirty-seven public, school, and academic librarians here share "how we did outreach good" and produce a joyful collection. These examples will inspire and fire up staff involved with event planning, programming, and extending their library's presence and effectiveness in the community. Beyond a bounty of ideas are practical suggestions and examples that can be used for the library to approach organizations, groups, and governmental entities for grant applications. While the creative is foremost, the financial and efficient are also addressed with the essential details of who did what, how it was funded, and the nature of follow-up. This reviewer's favorite example—the Edible Book Contest—comes complete with advice on cleanup and disasters. VERDICT Success always requires resources, dedication, and much planning, but even the smallest library with a handful of staff could benefit from this book. Wherever there is a need to increase awareness of library services in the community or reach out to groups that are under utilizing your library, this handbook can be useful. For all libraries.—J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., Fitzgerald, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838990049
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • File size: 536 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the author or editor of numerous books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang, and others. Some other credits include The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, Lily's Odyssey, appeared in 2010; she coedited the anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (2009), and she has a short story in Best New Writing 2010. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public, and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. Smallwood appears in Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in America, and is a member of the American Library Association.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kathy Barco


Part I A Sampler of Outreach Programs

1 Bake a Book and They Will Come by Iona R. Malanchuk

2 Establishing a Library Docent Program by Mary H. Nino

3 Friends in Need: Involving Friends of the Library in Community Outreach Programs by Vera Gubnitskaia

4 Lifesaving Library Outreach by Felicia A. Smith

5 Planning a Library Anniversary Celebration by Mary H. Nino

6 Reading Matters in Mentor: Library Ser­vices at the Pools and Beaches on Ohio’s North Coast by Lynn Hawkins

7 Small Grants Can Have Big Rewards by Chelsea Dinsmore

8 Using a Digitization Project to Produce a Book for Community Outreach by John R. Burch Jr.

9 Using Pilot Projects for Outreach by Chelsea Dinsmore

Part II Senior Outreach in Practice

10 Beyond the Campus: Information Literacy Instruction for the Senior Community by Susan M. Frey

11 Memoir Writing for Older Adult Groups by Mark Donnelly

12 Outreach to the Senior Community: One Library’s Activities by Bob Blanchard

13 Sí Se Puede! / Yes We Can! by Meryle Leonard

14 What Boomers Want: The Future of Outreach by Ellen Mehling

Part III Youth Outreach in Practice

15 Better Than One: Collaborative Outreach for Homeschooled Teens by Catherine Fraser Riehle

16 Children’s Initiative: Establishing a Successful Partnership with a Local Public School System by Vera Gubnitskaia

17 Hundreds of High School Students Study at the Library by Tiffany Auxier

18 Reaching Out to Create Outreach Programs among Teen Library Patrons by Maryann Mori

19 Reaching Out to Student Athletes, Two Students at a Time by Maureen Brunsdale

20 Teen Theater at the Public Library by Licia Slimon

21 Teens Will Respond by Maryann Mori

22 Upward Bound Outreach to Talented High School Students by Jamie Seeholzer

Part IV Correctional Facility Outreach

23 Freedom Readers in a Juvenile Correctional Facility by Felicia A. Smith

24 Has Your Public Librarian Been to Prison? Participation in Summer Reading Games by Glennor Shirley

25 Has Your Public Librarian Been to Prison? Participation in Shared Grant Projects by Glennor Shirley

Part V Special Collections

26 Breathing Life into the Circus Collection by Maureen Brunsdale

27 Bringing History to the People’s Fingertips: University of Florida Digital Collections and Historical Florida Newspapers by Melissa Shoop

28 They Didn’t Teach Me This in Library School: Managing a Library Art Gallery by Karen Brodsky

Part VI Using Local Media to Reach Out to the Community

29 Lights, Camera, Libraries by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

30 Partnering with a Local Newspaper to Digitize Historical Photographs by John R. Burch Jr.

Part VII Success with Book Festivals

31 Michigan Reads! Statewide Outreach Project by Christine K. Heron

32 Books That Shape Our Lives: A Community of Readers by Jan Siebold

33 Collaboration Creates a Successful Regional Low-Vision Fair by Bob Blanchard

34 One Community, One Story by Florence M. Turcotte

35 SOKY Book Fest by Uma Doraiswamy

36 University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries and the Common Reading Program by Melissa Shoop

Part VIII Classroom Outreach

37 Academic Connections: A College Librarian Reaches Out to a Middle School by Margaret Keys

38 Integrating Manuscripts into the Michigan Curriculum through Archival Outreach by Marian Matyn

39 Public-School Teacher Workshops Conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Mervyn H. Sterne Library by Delores Carlito

40 Secondary Classroom Instruction in Birmingham by Delores Carlito

41 Teaching American History: Archivists Partnering with Public Schools by Sharon Carlson

42 A Different Kind of Science Project: A Partnership between a Community College Library and a High School Media Center by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

Part IX Diversity Outreach

43 Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros by Meryle Leonard

44 Documenting the Experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans: Archivists Partnering with Oral Historians by Sharon Carlson

45 Ethiopia Reads by Loriene Roy

46 Homework Club for English Language Learners by Licia Slimon

47 If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything: A National Reading Club for Native Children by Loriene Roy

48 Laptop Literacy: Language and Computer Literacy Ser­vices to Refugees in Burlington, Vermont by Barbara A. Shatara

49 The Long Journey to Vermont: Immigration, Cultural Identity, and Book Discussions That Build Community by Barbara A. Shatara

50 Outreach to the Russian-Speaking Community in the Arapahoe Library District by Katya B. Dunatov

51 Outreach to Newly Enrolled African American College Students by Jamie Seeholzer

52 Serving Multicultural Patrons at the Arapahoe Library District by Katya B. Dunatov

Part X Community Group Collaboration and Outreach

53 Community Groups Join Forces for Family Fun by Tiffany Auxier

54 Connecting with the Community: Partnering to Deliver a Storytime Outreach by Margaret Keys

55 Creative Partnerships with Local Orga­nizations by Ellen Mehling

56 Dinner with the Presidents: Teaming Up with the Yours Truly Restaurant Chain by Lynn Hawkins

57 Faraway Places by Uma Doraiswamy

58 Fostering Community Engagement through a Town and Gown Lecture Series by Susan M. Frey

59 A Friend in Need: Partnering with an Employment Center by Elaine Williams

60 Guest Reader Storytime: Fenton Area Outreach Project by Christine K. Heron

61 Local Artists-in-Residence at Your School Library by Jan Siebold

62 Partnering for Lifelong Learning: A Unique Collaboration by Catherine Fraser Riehle

63 Partnering for Dollars: Using Grant Opportunities to Build Community and Provide Programming by Karen Brodsky

64 Partnering with a Local Park or Historical Agency by Florence M. Turcotte

65 Partnering with Your Local Historical Society by Elaine Williams

66 A University Library Reaches Out to an Entire Community by Iona R. Malanchuk

Afterword by Edith Campbell

List of Contributors


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