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Title: Redefining Library Boards for Dynamic Communities: Community Development


1
Redefining Library Boards for Dynamic
Communities Community Development
  • Dr. Ken Haycock
  • 2006

2
Basic Factors in Effectiveness
  • Determine Mission and Purpose
  • Select/Support/
  • Evaluate the CEO
  • Articulate Roles and Relationships
  • Plan Strategically/ Allocate Resources
  • Monitor and Evaluate/Accountability
  • Maintain Legal and Ethical Integrity
  • Public Standing and Credibility
  • Recruit Aggressively/
  • Assess Performance

3
The Library As Business the 4Bs?
  • Develop the assets of our shareholders (the
    community)
  • Decrease the liabilities of our shareholders (the
    community)
  • Perceptions
  • Book Barn?
  • Community Development Agency?
  • Passive or Active?

4
Community Development
  • Players come together to analyze community
    problems, generate solutions and develop action
    plans to improve the cultural, economic,
    educational, environmental, social conditions of
    their community

5
So…
  • What is your vision for the role of the public
    library in your community? When do you discuss
    it?
  • What difference does it make that you are sitting
    at the Board table rather than someone else?
  • How will you affect positively and actively the
    lives of community residents?

6
Our Community
  • Strengths
  • Focus Areas

7
Public Library Roles
  • Popular materials centre
  • Preschoolers door to learning
  • Support for informal life-long learning
  • Support for formal education
  • Community information centre
  • Community activities centre
  • Business information centre
  • Research centre
  • Library as place

8
Definitions
  • Inputs…resources dedicated to or consumer by the
    program…staff/ money…
  • Activities…what the program does with the inputs
    to fulfill its mission…reference/ storytelling/
    focused collections…
  • Outputs…the direct products of program
    activities…number of participants/ circulation
    statistics/ hours open
  • Outcomes…benefits for participants during and
    after program activities…improved literacy/
    economic development/ student achievement/ social
    capital

9
Why Outcomes?
  • Measure input and outputs to improve internal
    efficiency
  • Monitor activities and outputs to compare to
    standards and other libraries
  • Determine outcomes to assess results and improve
    effectiveness

10
Focus on Outcomes
  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Political
  • Social
  • Technological

11
Strategies…
  • Knowledge-based governance leads to dialogue
    around critical issues
  • Direct communication with customers and
    stakeholders
  • Strong core values
  • Clear focus

12
Making It Work
  • requires initiative
  • relies on strategic, systematic planning
  • stresses enabling, empowering
  • develops assets and searches out range of
    financial sources
  • multi-functional, integrative approach

13
Issues
  • Do we agree on the programs purpose…audience…asse
    ssment… desirable short-term effects?
  • Are outcomes clear? Within the program scope?
    Worthy of the effort? Important for communicating
    value?
  • How will you know if the programs objectives
    (outcomes) have been met?

14
Orientation
  • external partnerships
  • face-to-face interactions
  • consent not control
  • problem-solving
  • grounded in best practice
  • scope can vary from small initiatives to entire
    community
  • long-term endeavor
  • well-planned
  • inclusive and equitable
  • holistic and integrated
  • community benefit

15
Among the Possibilities
  • Comprehensive initiatives
  • Family literacy
  • Student achievement
  • Youth programming
  • Home-based business
  • Career information and job training
  • City services and infrastructure
  • Resource creation, compilation, collocation
  • Meeting space

16
For Example…
  • Adolescence
  • (40 developmental assets)
  • EXTERNAL support empowerment boundaries and
    expectations constructive use of time…
  • INTERNAL commitment to learning positive
    values social competencies positive identity
  • Implications?

17
Community Assets
  • What are your communitys assets and strengths?

18
Possibilities
  • Could Improve
  • Could Initiate

19
Key Players
  • Local officials
  • municipal
  • school board
  • Senior municipal staff
  • Community leaders
  • Business
  • Cultural groups
  • The Press
  • Agencies and associations
  • Community Assets

20
Experiences/Coalition Building
  • Capabilities
  • Capacities

21
Public Library Leadership
  • Identify Champions (leadership)
  • See the potential of contributions to broader
    communitycreative, critical, collaborative
  • Pick Winners
  • Think strategically, plan, allocate resources
  • Invest in Your Community
  • Attract funding

22
Other Roles
  • Initiative in identification of concerns and
    interest
  • Program development and coordination
  • Resource allocation and coordination
  • …and the obvious?
  • Infusing authentic information into the thinking
    and decision-making of the community

23
Your Library Strengths?
  • Knowledge of community
  • Participation in community
  • Correlation of programs to other community
    agencies
  • stability professional staff funding
    neutral/inclusive amenities (parking meeting
    space technology)

24
(Re)positioning
  • Mission
  • Policiesnature and type of partnerships (e.g.,
    faith-based? private/public schools?)
  • Networking and relationships
  • Staff expertise
  • Available funding
  • Promotion of public space for activities
  • Market research (respect)
  • Evaluate outcomes and impacts keep and use data
    take and give credit
  • Community-based, market-driven, customer-focused

25
Our Profile
  • Foundations
  • Focus Areas

26
The Brantford Example
  • Downtown redevelopment
  • Access to formal education
  • Children and youth
  • Creative partnerships
  • Connecting agendas
  • …and…your community?

27
Benefits to the Library/Board
  • Building social capital
  • Building strong communities
  • Visibility
  • Involvement in community infrastructure issues
  • Public contribution
  • Partnerships enhanced and strengthened
  • Services expanded to non-users
  • Revenue generation
  • Information literacy

28
_at_yourlibrary
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Accessible (free)
  • Wide range of resources
  • Building Strength through Effective Governance
    and Leadership

29
Resources You Can Use
  • Trustee Associations
  • e.g., Alberta Library Trustees Association
    Resource Centre (well-organized web site with
    many links)
  • State/Provincial Agencies

30
Do We Make A Difference?
  • What effect do we have on our community?
  • What is the impact of the work that we do?
  • Cultural, economic, educational, social,
    technological…
  • Does anyone care?

31
To your success…
  • No time to ask your question?
  • Concerned about privacy?
  • Feel free to contact me at any time…
  • Dr. Ken Haycock
  • voice 604.925.0266
  • ken_at_kenhaycock.com
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