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Title: Library Leadership in Community Development


1
Library Leadership in Community Development
  • A Route to Marketing, Collection Development, and
    Program Expansion
  • 2007

2
Context The Past Decade
  • Library Director and Citys Community Services
    Division Connection
  • Family Literacy Exploration (1996)
  • Marketing Plan Addresses Underserved Populations
    (1999)
  • Arts a la Carte Membership (1999)

3
Context The Past Decade
  • Community Development Consultant (2004)
  • Increasing Focus on Community Development Models
    (2004 - present)
  • Outreach Librarian (2006)

4
Art at Red Deer Public Library
  • An appreciation for art and the importance of
    visual literacy underlies many aspects of Red
    Deer Public Librarys identity
  • We believe the library is a place to investigate
    multiple literacies
  • Manifesto of the Art Lending Program

5
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Art at the Library
  • Kiwanis Gallery Exhibitions
  • Art Lending Program
  • Hospital Partnership

7
Art Around Every Corner
  • AFA Placement Program
  • Permanent Collection
  • mezz Installation
  • Graphica, anime, picture books, art appreciation
    kits
  • Ghosts

8
The Kiwanis Gallery community connections make
the difference
  • AFA Traveling Exhibits program
  • Community Groups
  • Local artists

9
Holistic Programming Model
  • Organic approach start with artwork and see
    what naturally grows out of it
  • artwork/ artist/ program/ collections/ target
    markets/ physical gallery/ virtual gallery/
    music/ podcast

10
Kiwanis Gallery Shows - Outcomes
  • Engaging local artists and community groups
    promotes library and establishes reputation as a
    cultural community centre
  • Adult, Teen and Childrens collections are
    highlighted
  • Programs bring in new people who might not
    normally visit a gallery

11
Kiwanis Gallery Shows - Outcomes
  • Staff from various library departments get
    involved with programming
  • Our outreach target markets are engaged new
    Canadians, PDD, Aboriginals
  • Opportunity to explore new media and reach a
    larger audience by creating virtual exhibits and
    podcasts

12
Art Lending Program
13
Art Lending Program Outcomes
  • New partnerships City Cultural Services, DTHR,
    Advisory Board Members from arts and business
    communities
  • Original art available to everyone
    inclusiveness
  • Expansion of visual collections

14
Art Lending Program Outcomes
  • Promotion of local emerging and established
    artists who then become new library members and
    advocates for the library
  • Increased number of Organization Memberships
    Medical Offices, Community Centres, City Hall

15
Healing and Wholeness Collection
  • Funding
  • Call for art
  • Special jury
  • Volunteer training
  • Ongoing partnership

16
Hospital Partnership Outcomes
  • New partner for library were currently
    looking at other innovative ways we can work
    together to serve the public
  • New relationships developed between artists,
    patients and volunteers
  • Increased understanding of the role of art in
    healing and wellness

17
Hospital Partnership Outcomes
  • Increased awareness of the librarys Art Lending
    Program on the part of hospital staff, volunteers
    and patients
  • Expanded market for local artists
  • Library is a part of an innovative initiative
    that gives us provincial and national recognition
    within the health field

18
  • The volunteers return from their shift pumped
    and rejuvenated. They know its very worthwhile.
    They see the benefit of their work and know its
    meaningful.
  • Hospital Staff Member

19
  • Project Description
  • Library Programs (movies, stories, writing,
    performing)
  • Infrastructure and Logistics (memberships,
    advisory group, facilities, plain language, etc.)

20
  • Check out the video produced by artsparks on the
    Digital Red Deer web site
  • Detective Maverick and
  • the Mystery of the Missing
  • Book
  • http//www.digitalreddeer.ca/

21
Adult Storytime
  • New format of a storytime in multiple formats a
    combination of audio, video, and print.
  • Adult content storytime with appropriate literacy
    level for the audience

22
Outcomes
  • Marketing new markets in PDD community, new
    partners, new clients, community good will
  • Collection Development expansion of collection
    for persons, families, support workers
  • Program Expansion March 2007 was the busiest
    programming month ever at RDPL!

23
Packs Programs
  • artsparks Fun Packs
  • Family Fun Packs
  • Reading Fun Backpacks
  • Book Club Fun Packs
  • Fun Packs for Waiting Rooms (social agencies and
    perhaps other)

24
Packs Programs (Anticipated) Outcomes
  • Marketing waiting rooms, new partners, business
    connections, new clients, community good will
  • Collection Development superb new books
    purchased with donations/grant dollars
  • Program Expansion more literacy materials and
    arts materials to support programming

25
Outreach Librarian Goals
  • Revisit, analyze and complement existing library
    programs and services for seniors, people with
    developmental disabilities, Aboriginals and
    newcomers/new immigrants
  • May Link

26
Outreach Librarian Goals
  • Research, plan and create replicable community
    outreach projects for these populations such as
  • Michif Language Initiative (Métis Collection
    Project)
  • Library Book Club Kit Collection for Seniors
  • Virtual Libraries in Foreign Languages
  • Accessible Library Programming for PDD community

27
Outreach Librarian Goals
  • Become a community information resource for these
    customer groups and create their presence on the
    Red Deer Public Library web site
  • Métis Collection - http//www.rdpl.org/documents/r
    eaders/metis-selection.pdf
  • International Collection - http//www.rdpl.org/int
    ernational-collection-bibliography

28
Michif Language Initiative (Métis Collection
Project) Goals
  • Draw the attention of the Red Deer and Central
    Alberta community to the Michif language by
    creating a strong collection of related materials
    in Red Deer Public Library
  • Strengthen the partnership between Métis Nation
    Red Deer Local 84 and Red Deer Public Library
  • Promote and celebrate Métis culture

29
Michif Language Initiative (Métis Collection
Project) Outcomes
  • Marketing two Métis displays in the both library
    branches, media coverage
  • Collection Development Métis Collection in the
    library and Michif Language Online pathfinder
  • Program expansion two Michif Language workshops

30
March Programs
31
Outcomes
  • Reaching Out Bringing In

32
Community Development in a Library Context
  • Connect
  • Consult
  • Collaborate
  • Community development is a rich and
  • complex approach that leads to innovative
  • models of librarianship

33
CONNECT
  • Community development begins by
  • building relationships
  • looking first at individuals and the community
    and then examining library services rather than
    the other way around

34
CONSULT
  • Identify needs
  • Ask underserved groups and individuals to
    articulate what would best serve them
  • Ask these groups how they would choose to be
    served

35
COLLABORATE
  • Establish a path together that will meet needs
  • Propose new ideas and strategies
  • Experiment over a long period of time be
    patient
  • Document together the information and stories
    that you share

36
Processes to Facilitate Community Development
  • Join community networks!
  • Get involved in multi-sectoral initiatives
  • Establish advisory groups
  • Hire an Outreach Librarian or assign this
    function to one or more staff members
  • Consider working with a Community Development
    Consultant
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