We’ve said it over and over again: public libraries may be under pressure to keep up with technology, but the digital age has only brought more traffic through their doors.
Good ideas bubble up at the strangest times...too bad we can't blog in the shower!
Archive: October 2011
Here’s an easy way to get donations at your library. The “big belly banks”, available from a variety of sources online, are a fun way for library visitors to donate their spare change.
The Pennsylvania library code is 50 years old. Along with companion regulations, the code establishes the State Library, organizes the Advisory Council on Library Development (a quasi board), and spells out standards that qualify a library for state aid. Over the last 50 years, the code and regulations have become tangled and outdated. An amusing example: to meet the technology requirements, a library must have a telephone listed in the phone book, and District Centers must have at least 300 16mm films (or their equivalent. (Lucky for us, “their equivalent” was added!
The New Jersey State Library has invited Nancy Davis and Pam Fitzgerald to facilitate a second round of strategic planning bootcamps for library directors and board members. We first introduced this workshop series in the spring as a response to the State Library's requirement that all libraries assess and plan for community needs before returning unexpended funds to municipal coffers, as mandated by a new state law.
In March, we reflected HarperCollins’ new e-book policy for libraries. The publisher capped circulations at 26 to howls of protest from librarians. HarperCollins hasn’t lifted or adjusted its restriction, yet the demand for free e-books continues to increase. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, e-reader ownership is multiplying. One study found the number of Americans who own e-readers jumped from 6 to 12 percent between November 2010 and May 2011. The American Library Association estimates 66 percent of libraries nationwide currently lend e-books to customers. And the demand is growing exponentially!
Another happy client. We recently wrapped up a project for Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) in Ontario, Canada. We had the pleasure of working with the lovely Tania Sharpe -Coordinator of Public Services- to develop a new strategic plan for the Library and design marketing materials, including an online toolkit.
Our strategic planning workshops were a big hit in New Jersey this May. We had some really great feedback, such as this quote from a library participant:
I asked the reference librarian, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.