Presenter Information

Deb BakerFollow

Type

Lightning Talk

Description

After launching an ambitious series of programs at our library as part of a larger outreach and marketing effort, we found that few students, faculty, or staff attended events. Even programs suggested by students themselves had very poor attendance. The following two semesters we tried more interactive self-serve (“passive”) programs around the library, to varying success. Overall, this has resulted in raising the library’s profile as a community hub for the campus as well as sometimes engaging more people. Attendees will:

--hear a few ideas for transforming traditional events-style programming into activities your community can deal themselves into with little staff time or budget required.

--consider staff interests and strengths and involve those not traditionally part of outreach in the planning and implementation of activities.

--find out how a few librarians overcame discomfort to engage those who weren’t coming to us.

More Information

Like many places, we have a small staff, budget constraints, and more students now who don’t live on campus than do. This talk will hopefully expand the idea of programming as a style of engagement rather than the traditional notion of events that people must attend.

Type of Library

University Library

Keywords

programs, attendance

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May 4th, 3:40 PM May 4th, 4:30 PM

No attendees? No problem. Redefining programs at the library

Wampanoag Room

After launching an ambitious series of programs at our library as part of a larger outreach and marketing effort, we found that few students, faculty, or staff attended events. Even programs suggested by students themselves had very poor attendance. The following two semesters we tried more interactive self-serve (“passive”) programs around the library, to varying success. Overall, this has resulted in raising the library’s profile as a community hub for the campus as well as sometimes engaging more people. Attendees will:

--hear a few ideas for transforming traditional events-style programming into activities your community can deal themselves into with little staff time or budget required.

--consider staff interests and strengths and involve those not traditionally part of outreach in the planning and implementation of activities.

--find out how a few librarians overcame discomfort to engage those who weren’t coming to us.

 

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