Have you thought about the benefits of cross collaboration among libraries? Do you belong to a collective of libraries that meet to share library trends and new ideas for children and teen services? Simi Valley Public Library is part of the Meet & Greet group, which is a collective of seven public libraries from different library systems that meet every three months. What do we do? Share library trends for children and teen services that have worked for us. Share innovative program ideas. Share ideas for tween spaces. Discuss books that have impacted us. Discuss ideas to advertise our collections. How do we do it? We meet in different locations every time, depending on the hosting library. The idea is to end with a library tour focusing on the Teen and Kid’s space and learn from the hosting library. Our meetings are in the morning. The hosting library usually offers…
How are your Circulation numbers doing? Are your books leaving your library? Simi Valley Pubic Library set up a circulation goal of 21,500 item checkouts for December 2017, just slightly higher than our numbers for December 2016. Interestingly, our December checkouts tend to be less than November, even when important Holidays fall in December. Thus, when it comes to “Operation: Gets the Books Out” we must be intentional, we want to be motivated, and we want to go the extra mile. Use your shelf space as much as you can It will be easier for library users to grab books that are readily available. Caregivers with small children will appreciate your shelf displays, since there is not much time to make a book search. Use table displays located at strategic locations Book displays can have a variety of related subjects. For example, you can display…
Hillary Clinton closed the 2017 ALA Chicago Conference. Regardless of political affiliations and personal opinions on controversial issues, the audience listened to a tremendously well spoken orator. She knows exactly how to deliver a speech without reading a script and enunciates every word with the right amount of volume and oral determination. Mrs. Clinton invited us to foster critical thinking, promote rational evidence, and be guardians of the First Amendment. Furthermore, she prompted us to stand against censorship adding that we should read books that challenge us. She praised librarianship as the life savers of communities especially the rural and underserved ones and she called to us to defend the truth and reason based on evidence. In her words “one book at a time, one library at a time.” Her speech reached the climax as she reminded us that books free societies and librarians make a difference beyond political parties….
Think about deselecting everything that does not circulate to dispose of unnesessary shelf units. This is exactly what the Speakers of “Stay and Play: Open Space for STEM” did at their libraries in Canada. Literally, they deselected 30% of the children’s collection.
It is early morning on Sunday and I am seated in a room full of people. People are standing by the entrance door, at the back of the room, and the side walls. I can easily assume we are all here for one purpose. We want to learn how to provide excelent customer service.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledging the changes in family behavior in the digital age, advises that children younger than 18 months should not be exposed to screen time apart from video-chatting.
My session on Libraries Transforming Communities was insightful and helped me learn a few tips to became a facilitator to promote change on an issue your community might need help.
I joined three MakerLab tours -adults, teens, and children- at the Harold Washington Library on Thursday. These are the highlights I want to share with you: The three labs appear to have a different role.