The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times

The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times

by Marylaine Block
     
 

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Here is a highly readable guide to strategies and projects that have helped more than 100 public libraries gain community support and funding during challenging times. Marylaine Block integrates survey responses from innovative library directors with her research, analysis, and extended interviews to showcase hundreds of winning programs and services. The result is

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Here is a highly readable guide to strategies and projects that have helped more than 100 public libraries gain community support and funding during challenging times. Marylaine Block integrates survey responses from innovative library directors with her research, analysis, and extended interviews to showcase hundreds of winning programs and services. The result is a rich source of ideas and encouragement for those who want their libraries to thrive, not merely survive.

Strategies explored in the book include youth services; the library as place; partnerships; marketing; stressing the economic value; Library 2.0; outreach; and helping the community achieve its aspirations. Projects are described in practitioners' own words, with additional examples drawn from libraries' long-range plans, annual reports, programs, and Web sites, as well as from news stories and the library literature.

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To write this book, former librarian-turned-freelance contributor Block (American Libraries, Library Journal) identified over 100 thriving libraries by examining the following: results of library referenda since 2001, using all institutions that had won at least 60 percent of the vote; libraries that achieved a top ten Hennen American Public Library Rating (HAPLR) in their size category for two or more years, and LJ's Library of the Year choices from 2000 to 2005. Other libraries were added based on the author's personal experience and from writing profiles for LJ's annual Movers & Shakerssupplement. Block studied those selections by reading public information, mission statements, annual reports, strategic plans, and construction documents, as well as looking at their Internet sites, and more. She then designed a survey, asking directors of the selected libraries about their strategies for success. The libraries represent small towns, urban areas, modest and sizable budgets, and systems scattered over multiple towns. The result is an excellent volume of tried-and-true ideas for public libraries of all sizes seeking to garner community support and funding. Each chapter focuses on a different area, including youth services, the library as place, partnerships, marketing, economic value in the community, Library 2.0, outreach to nontraditional users, and helping the community reach its aspirations. Appendixes include the survey, web sites, contributors, notes, and an extensive bibliography. Chapter notes and the bibliography are current and extremely relevant. Highly recommended for all professional collections.
—Marie Bruni

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573879453
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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