Barbara Blake has a long and varied career in the field of libraries and museums. She served as a public library director for 11 years; was administrator of a contemporary art museum; worked for the National Library of Medicine's South Central Regional Library Program where she coordinated the resource sharing activities of over 200 medical and hospital libraries in a 5-state region; worked for a regional library system providing consulting and continuing education for over 30 libraries; was a marketing representative for automated collection analysis with Amigos Bibliographic, Inc.; and was the project manager for the construction of a 15,680-square-foot library facility. She currently serves as Outreach Coordinator for the PEARL project at the University of North Texas. Among her extensive list of publications are A Guide to Children's Books about Asian Americans (England: Ashgate Publishing Co., 1995); Bridging Cultures (New York: Neal-Schuman, 1994 [with Tom Kruger]); Creating Newsletters, Brochures, and Pamphlets (New York: Neal-Schuman, 19A92 [with Barbara L. Stein]), and "Cultural Diversity Resources" (Chapter 13), in Children's Media Market Place, 4th ed. (New York: Neal-Schuman, 1995).
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Libraries that thrive reach out to all parts of their communities. Stellar community outreach plans help libraries build the strong partnerships that undergird these critical ties. Most librarians know they must reach out to the community to be successful, but many do not always know the best way to make that happen.
Here's a practical manual designed specifically to help librarians conceptualize and then implement an outreach program that will achieve good results. Through examples of library roles within community outreach, outreach needs assessment, and great tips on implementing your plan, the authors give you the clear cut advice you need to build the perfect outreach plan. Barbara Blake, Robert Martin, and Yunfei Du have years of experience working with libraries to build community outreach programs.
Here’s what you get:
Part One shows you sample vision and mission statements, lists realistic goals to target in your community, and demographic factors to consider.
Part Two highlights potential programs and partners, and gives you advice on how to “pitch” your plan for optimal community support.
Part Three teaches you how to develop and implement the outreach plan.
Written for all public librarians, the concise, step-by-step process delivers the information you want in the format that you need it. A bibliography of public library resources make finding further information a snap; and worksheets on the companion CD-ROM make your job easier by providing ready-to-go outreach plans for writing and implementing your own plan. With this book, your library will go from being seen as a nicety to a necessity.
Library's FocusCommunity ProfileLibrary Profile
IntroductionNeeds and Assets AssessmentPotential ProgramsPotential PartnersCommunity-Centered LibraryMaking the Pitch
IntroductionCommunity Profile NarrativeLibrary Profile NarrativeVision, Mission, Goals, and ObjectivesOutreach ProgramsDetailed Action PlanAppendix (Optional)Appendix 1. Sources of Community and Library DataAppendix 2. Examples of Community Outreach Plans
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