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Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

Programming is a vital technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but in addition larger serving present buyers. Lear s beneficial consultant to grownup courses is back---and higher than ever, with refreshed, extended content material and new principles to reinvigorate courses and provides them a 21st-century spin. This version includes

  • Updated chapters on fundamentals corresponding to investment, crafting instructions, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
  • A new part on know-how, with rules for on-line ebook discussions, providing courses through Skype, and turning courses into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring courses for particular teams, resembling males, child boomers, and seniors
  • A number of "five-star" courses from libraries round the kingdom that may be simply adapted

Walking the reader via each element of grownup programming, this re-creation of a tried-and-true publication is actually a librarian s ally.

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Denver, CO 80222 PERFORMER AARP Counseling for Taxes Discovery Day Magic College Financial Aid PROGRAM TITLE CL Wed. 2/2/00–4/12/00 12:00 CF Sat. 3/4/00 10:00 & 1:00 EV Wed. 2/9/00–4/12/00 1:00 GN Tues. 2/1/00–4/1/00 6:30 LK Mon. 2/3/00–4/13/00 6:30 & Thurs. 2/3/00–4/13/00 12:00 SL Mon. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 & 5:00 & Fri. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 & Sat. 2/4/00–4/14/00 10:30 VI Wed. 2/4/00–4/12/00 12:30 EV 2/22/00 2-7:00 CF 1/15/00 1:00 CL 1/20/00 7:00 GN 1/27/00 7:30 VI 2/1/00 7:00 SL 2/8/00 7:00 LK 2/29/00 7:00 DATE(S) AND LOCATION Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y MEETING ROOM CONFIRMED Answering the Tough Questions As you continue to offer programs, you will encounter more and more questions that need answers.

It’s not likely that this effort was undertaken to gather programming data, but that doesn’t mean the data won’t be invaluable to you as a program planner. Check with your library manager or public relations office to see what surveys your library has conducted, and ask permission to view the survey and the results. These data will likely contain information on satisfaction levels with particular library services, languages spoken in the community, and types of businesses within the community. And, if a marketing firm was hired, the data will be massaged into tables, graphs, and bulleted lists.

A marketing firm has probably been hired. It’s not likely that this effort was undertaken to gather programming data, but that doesn’t mean the data won’t be invaluable to you as a program planner. Check with your library manager or public relations office to see what surveys your library has conducted, and ask permission to view the survey and the results. These data will likely contain information on satisfaction levels with particular library services, languages spoken in the community, and types of businesses within the community.

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