STRATEGIC PLANNING @Your Library
Thanks to the many people from Tuxedo, Mamakating and Munro, NY,
who contributed their time, energies and open minds
to the success of the planning sessions.
And to the 'groundbreakers' at Grahamsville, NY. and all the wonderful volunteers at all libraries everywhere.
We had fun!
PLAN22 are authors of"Making the Case for
Your Library Building Project - Library Development Guide
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Librarians have always known how to work together collectively to deliver high quality service to the maximum number of people for the least amount of money. Library Systems help librarians achieve those lofty goals every day, 24/7.
Library Systems in New York, and in other states and provinces are the support system to librarians and library users. People who work for a Library System often do so in the background to provide all manner of services from inter library loans; cataloging and automated on line catalogs; trustee training and help with grant applications and processing funds from state aid. Library systems help our librarians provide the services to a public who expects excellence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on line and in the library.
This video was taken 29 November 2011 in Albany, NY. Play time is 25m 45sec.
It is an excerpt from a Public Hearing: Funding Public Libraries in New York Stateunder the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries & Education Technology, Chair, Assemblyman, Bob Reilly.
The speakers are, in order of appearance: Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), Middletown, NY RCLS Facts ; Marilyn McIntosh, Director/Librarian, Monroe Free Library, Monroe, NY MONROE and James Mahoney, Director/Librarian, Nyack Library, Nyack, NY The Nyack Library| Welcome .
Yesterday we welcomed seven people our workshop - Roadmap to a Successful New Building. Thank you all for your participation and for sharing your experiences. I will have the slides and our notes posted here within the week.
Arcadia University is a little jewel of a campus with "more than 4,000 students choose from among 75 fields of study." We were impressed with the physical therapy and physician assistant degrees that they offer. They have a fascinating range of programs: Arcadia University
Bob Kiserman and Ms.Timothy of the Library Management InstituteLMI, and the guest speakers were welcoming and accomodating; the roster of workshop topics was timely and useful; the presenters were steeped in the knowledge of their subjects that comes with years of life experience and we wish we could have stayed and gone to many of the workshops ourselves!
I can't resist adding this photo: It's a thermostat on the marble wall of the 'Ladies' in the castle building - end of the 19th century technology! Take a closer look at the bottom when you roll over the pop out image.
Our appreciation also to Ann Marie Mazdiack and the Southern Ontario Library System for allowing us to refer to their Library Development Guide #5 - Making the Case for your Library Building Project that we authored for them. SOLS publications
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded OCLC to develop a promotional campaign that is distributed free to any library that wants to participate in this, beautifully designed and eye-catching program.
Our thanks to Mary Lou Carolan of the Walkill Public Library in Walkill New York for inviting us to join her colleagues - librarians from Orange County, NY, - their staff; teens; Friends of the Walkill Library; interested citizens and supportive Seniors.
Jenny Powell from OCLC -Home [OCLC] (US) and Home [OCLC] (CAN) made a comprehensive presentation to introduce the concept and answered dozens of questions from the group who became more excited by the program as Jenny showed how the promotional materials can be used and tailored to fit local library needs.
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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: todrive the quality of all library services upto the level of the best
Chapter 2 – Aim: to reverse the current trend of decline in library usageand grow the numbers using the library service
Chapter 3 – Aim: that thelibrary 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: thatall 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
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 Project. These webinars will focus on developing further the concepts of data gathering andbuilding program development.
WEBINAR 1 ~ 23 April, 10:00 to 11:15 am
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
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.