Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

Programming is a vital technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but additionally higher serving current consumers. Lear s worthwhile consultant to grownup courses is back---and greater than ever, with refreshed, multiplied content material and new rules to reinvigorate courses and provides them a 21st-century spin. This variation includes

  • Updated chapters on fundamentals similar to investment, crafting instructions, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
  • A new part on expertise, with principles for on-line e-book discussions, providing courses through Skype, and turning courses into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring courses for particular teams, similar to males, child boomers, and seniors
  • A number of "five-star" courses from libraries round the state that may be simply adapted

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

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Who seems to live in the houses and apartments? Do you notice pockets of seniors or twenty-somethings? At the very least, a walk will give you a broader perspective on the people you serve and where they come from. Ask Others for Help Once you have a better feel for your community, you will better know which additional questions to ask. Perhaps you’ve identified the leisure activities available in your community, but now you want to know which activities are the most popular. If your library hasn’t conducted any significant studies, you can ask other agencies and groups for help.

For example, Library Programs: How to Select, Plan, and Produce Them by John S. 12 Once you have your survey ready, it’s time to decide how to distribute the survey and who your sample will be. Will you conduct the survey via phone? Who will you call? 3 Programming Survey If we were to begin offering adult programs, which type of program would you be most likely to attend? Please select one of the following: A monthly book discussion group A film series covering a theme, such as “Great Silent Classics” or “Film Noir” A “how to” program, such as “How to Select a Home Computer” or “How to Travel Cheap in Europe” A speaker sharing his or her knowledge with the audience; for example, a Holocaust survivor recounting her experiences at Auschwitz Workshops or classes that explain how to use library resources, such as the Internet and the online magazine index I do not have an interest in attending library programs for adults.

Needs assessments, demographic studies, surveys, marketing research—whatever you call your process of discovering who your community is and what it wants—can resemble a scavenger hunt if not done with some planning and foresight. Actually, this isn’t a fair analogy. In a scav- F enger hunt, you may spend hours looking for various things, and ultimately you end up with a button, a broken shoelace, a Popsicle stick, and a used-up roll of toothpaste. After they’ve been collected, these items aren’t very useful.

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