Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

Programming is a crucial technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but in addition higher serving current consumers. Lear s necessary advisor to grownup courses is back---and greater than ever, with refreshed, extended content material and new principles to reinvigorate courses and provides them a 21st-century spin. This version includes

  • Updated chapters on fundamentals corresponding to investment, crafting directions, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
  • A new part on know-how, with principles for on-line publication discussions, supplying courses through Skype, and turning courses into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring courses for particular teams, equivalent to males, child boomers, and seniors
  • A number of "five-star" courses from libraries round the nation that may be simply adapted

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

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2/1/00–4/1/00 6:30 LK Mon. 2/3/00–4/13/00 6:30 & Thurs. 2/3/00–4/13/00 12:00 SL Mon. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 & 5:00 & Fri. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 & Sat. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 VI Wed. 2/4/00–4/12/00 12:30 EV 2/22/00 2-7:00 CF 1/15/00 1:00 CL 1/20/00 7:00 GN 1/27/00 7:30 VI 2/1/00 7:00 SL 2/8/00 7:00 LK 2/29/00 7:00 DATE(S) AND LOCATION Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y MEETING ROOM CONFIRMED Answering the Tough Questions As you continue to offer programs, you will encounter more and more questions that need answers.

Introduction (including a brief mention of how programming ties into the library’s mission) II. Adult programming B. YA programming C. Children’s programming III. Getting to know your community B. Selecting a topic C. Planning the program’s content: includes identifying a performer, choosing the right format, deciding on the performer’s fee, etc. IV. Understanding how publicity works (including deadlines for when to submit publicity) V. Filling out the paperwork VI. Producing a live program We’ve covered quite a bit in this chapter.

If this question was posed to you, then you will want to conduct a study that seeks to find out whether your patrons desire library programming for adults. You might want to focus on the patrons who visit the library. An in-house survey will probably provide you with the answer to your question. Surveys do not need to be long, elaborate, confusing questionnaires. Look within Your Library Your library might have already conducted an extensive (though not necessarily confusing) patron-satisfaction survey in recent years.

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