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7 entries from April 2010

In Britian: "Library membership from birth"

HUGE NEWS !

MARCH 2010 ... a new UK strategic plan for public libraries

UK Strategic Plan for Libraries

Margaret Hodge, Minister for Culture who launched the Public Library Consultation in December 2009 writes in her Introduction: “A vision for Public Libraries”: "...public libraries are not about sitting back and passively waiting for people to borrow your books – they are about active engagement with the community, making links to other public services, and responding to the policy imperatives of the day. Where that happens there is evidence of their transformative impact."

The modernisation review of public libraries:A policy statement (issued to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,by Command of Her Majesty, March 2010) has 6 Chapters - the titles of which are:

"Chapter 1 – Aim: to drive the quality of all library services up to the level of the best

Chapter 2 – Aim: to reverse the current trend of decline in library usage and grow the numbers using the library service

Chapter 3 – Aim: that the library service is able to respond to limited public resource and economic pressures

Chapter 4 – Aim: to ensure that all libraries respond to a 24/7 culture and to changing expectations of people who want immediate access to information

Chapter 5 – Aim: that all libraries grasp the opportunities presented by digitisation

Chapter 6 – Aim: to demonstrate to citizens, commentators and politicians that libraries are still relevant and vital"

Here are some of the key issues set out in the plan for implementation at the national and local levels:

  • Library membership from birth
  • people to "have (a) say and get involved in shaping the service (at the local level)"
  • "Free access to a range...of book stock to browse and borrow and online resources and information that meet local needs (including e-books as the market grows)"
  • Access to the national book collection – any book from anywhere
  • Free Internet access for all
  • Help to get online
  • Links to other public services and opportunities
  • Connect(ing) people to other readers through reading groups..."
  • Flexible opening hours to suit the needs of the local people
  • Commitment to customer service and expert, helpful staff
  • A safe local space which is accessible and convenient for the community
  • Services which reach out and attract local people
  • An opportunity to be a member of all libraries in England

 UK Strategic Plan for Libraries

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Oh Canada, (libraries) subtle, strong and free!

"Sometimes a library is just a library. Other times,(...)the coolest place on earth."    The American Libraries Magazine on line published this little gem the beginning of March this year. 

The Winter Games were an opportunity to show the world that libraries are more than just books.Canadalibraryolympics

"...under exceptional circumstances, a library has got to be more than just books, movies, and technology; it’s got to be a flexible, fluid entity that responds to (or better yet, anticipates) its audience. It starts out with noble intentions, and then it gives the crowds what they really want:..."

Read more of Shelley Civkin's (communications officer at Richmond PL) article about their Olympic experience!

Makes this Canadian blogperson proud! Vancouver wows Olympians

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Green Your Library BLOG in American Libraries Mag - check it out!

Greenlibrary

Check out the American Libraries on line Mag on line!  For specifics on green design and ideas...click on the 'Blogs' drop down menu at the top of the page - go to Green Your Library for the latest updates on what's happening in the US. or go directly... Green Your Library Blog

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Be current with developing ideas and future trends

Author-abram Stephen Abram - Library Thinker / Future Ideas Guy

Stephen's Lighthouse

If you have not yet found Stephen's blog - do so now.  We heard him speak three years ago and he's right on the money when offering to librarians glimpses of what the trends are and where we are going with technology and possible ways information will affect our lives.

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Two WEBINARS for SOLS~23 April & 27 May 2010

NEWS !

We will build on the information presented in the recent publication that PLAN22 authored for the Southern Ontario Library System (SOLS): Making the Case for Your Building ProjectThese webinars will focus on developing further the concepts of data gathering and building program development.

WEBINAR 1 ~ 23 April,  10:00 to 11:15 am Capture Webinar 1 cover slide

Data Collection - the Foundation to Effective Leadership of a Library Building Project.  Our main message: you can't get where you're going if you don't know where you are.

WHY COLLECT DATA?

We emphasize how important it is for the librarian to lead the examination of  the library's existing processes and spaces.  Understanding the facts about your existing library will lead to better decision making.  When planning is removed from emotion and personal impressions, you are well placed to deliver of the library that your community needs. 

The more you understand about your library the better able you are to communicate your library's vision.  Your audiences can be the community, special interest groups, City Council, the press and Municipal Council. The person who manages the data collection and the analysis of that information is best able to communicate Library's plans. 

WEBINAR 2  ~ 27 May 10:00 to 11:15 am

Webinar 2 Program_Title Slide

The Library Building Program - Roadmap to Success.   The library building program is the base for all the decisions that will be made throughout the building project.  The building programming exercise is a vital, accessible tool.  It helps to ensure that every aspect of the project is investigated and documented.

In this webinar session we will underscore~

  • the importance of the data that comprises the library building program,
  • how it is communicated,
  • how it is presented,
  • how it is used and
  • who uses it. 

A well designed, thoroughly written, relevant building program helps the library Board and building team meet the needs of the community.  A good building program, used as a working document throughout the design and building phases of the project, helps keep the project on target and librarian in the leadership seat.

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the book farmer...

We dream of making a positive difference in peoples' lives by helping communities provide space for them to read, research and talk to one another. 

 Pam Shelton book farmer of Botawana from MORE article MORE magazine ran an article  that caught my attention. see article about Ms.Shelton in MORE online Pam Shelton keeps her dreams firmly in reality by bringing books to people who want to read and who have no books.


We support Ms.Shelton.  Perhaps you too will find inspiration in her story. Pam Shelton - brings books to Botswana

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PLAN22 supporting librarians & communities

  • Advising...librarians on library building planning processes.  
  • Facilitating...strategic planning for libraries and communities.

 At PLAN22 we combine 50 years of knowledge and expertise in librarianship and architecture to help librarians and their communities.

PLAN22 helps librarians communicate with architects to plan for and implement designs for new construction, additions or renovations to library buildings.

Planning Session MunroeOur thanks to the good people who gave their time at the
planning group at Monroe Public Library 



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