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Adult Programs in the Library, Second Edition
Brett W. Lear
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1140-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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280 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1140-2
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, C

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Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library but also better serving existing patrons. Lear’s invaluable guide to adult programs is back—and better than ever, with refreshed, expanded content and new ideas to reinvigorate programs and give them a 21st-century spin. This edition includes
  • Updated chapters on basics such as funding, crafting guidelines, topic selection, publicity, post-program evaluations, and more
  • A new section on technology, with ideas for online book discussions, offering programs via Skype, and turning programs into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring programs for specific groups, such as men, baby boomers, and seniors
  • A collection of "five-star" programs from libraries around the country that can be easily adapted
Walking the reader through every aspect of adult programming, this new edition of a tried-and-true book is truly a librarian’s best friend.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Building a Framework for Success

1 Tying Programming to Your Library’s Mission 
2 Developing Guidelines and Procedures 
3 Administrative Necessities 
4 Getting to Know Your Community 
5 Getting Funded 
6 Selecting a Topic 
7 Your Target Audience 
8 Identifying the Right Performer 
9 Choosing the Best Format 
10 Programming and Technology 
11 Generating Publicity 
12 Producing the Program 
13 Evaluating the Program 
14 Looking toward the Future of Adult Programming 

Part II: A Collection of Five-Star Programs

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About the Author

Brett W. Lear is director of the Martin County Library System in Florida. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the reference, adult services, and programming coordinator for Multnomah County Library (MCL) in Oregon. While at MCL he worked with a team that planned, scheduled, coordinated, and produced more than 2,500 family and adult programs and special events each year. He worked as a library manager with the Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado from 1996 to 2008, where he chaired the Program Steering Committee several times over the years. He has been actively involved in adult programming since accepting his first professional position with the New York Public Library in 1992. From 1995 through 1999 he served on the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Services to Adults Committee. This committee presented a program titled “Adult Programming: When You Have to Do It Yourself” at the 1996 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. While serving on the Services to Adults Committee, he participated in the writing of the RUSA publication Adult Programming: A Manual for Libraries. He was a panelist on the program “What Have You Done for Me Lately? Adult Programming in Public Libraries” at the 2002 Public Library Association Conference. He has presented programming workshops in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, and Florida.

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