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By Darlene E. Weingand

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What's our library's undertaking assertion? How will we serve our older clients higher? How do I justify the acquisition of a brand new net laptop in my library? what percentage instances may still I name the plumber every year? those questions and extra are mentioned within the new version of an outdated vintage. because the book of its first version in 1965, management of the Small Public Library has been a ultimate source for establishing and handling cuttingedge small public library amenities. thoroughly revised and up-to-date, this forth variation maintains that culture with many extra figures, case reports and pattern rules, and new content material on furnish writing, application budgeting, hiring, and inventive repayment. whereas such a lot libraries round the state are thought of "small," working with fewer assets than educational and massive metropolitan libraries, their buyers nonetheless look forward to finding a related point of provider and entry to details. This all-new variation outlines what to do to make your library a visual, well-funded participant that retains velocity. Addressing each point of operating a small library - from defining the community's features and forming a board to making plans the cheap and networking with different libraries - this entire reference might help you to: include rising applied sciences. preserve investment by way of encouraging group involvement and addressing neighborhood wishes. establish strengths, weaknesses, possibilities, and threats as you intend for the longer term. Adapt pattern records (including long-range plan, activity descriptions, organizational charts, price range worksheets, rules, and building plans) in your establishment. Designed to aid these eighty% of libraries labeled as "small," this thoroughly up-to-date variation is jam-packed with how-to info on easy methods to successfully deal with a thriving small public library.

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3. It requires a library to provide not only what people ask for but also to consider what they might use if more resources were directed to identified community needs. Since the public-at-large does not as a rule know as much about library materials and services as the library staff, the latter must be proactive in providing and suggesting, not merely passive in responding to requests. 4. It requires a library to consider not only different needs but also different methods of meeting them—different locations, levels of materials and services, media, and ways of delivering information.

Even if they are not able to accept any or all possible referrals, they may be willing to give information over the telephone to a librarian who calls on behalf of a customer. On occasion, they may also be willing to give the library the benefit of their expertise in evaluation of specialized materials and in speaking or acting as reactors at library meetings. Studying the Community and Developing a Plan 41 When conducting the study, individuals as well as groups and organizations may be identified for future relationships: potential users of existing services who are not aware of the library’s holdings and functions potential users of interlibrary loan services—people with unusual needs who do not realize that the library can help obtain special resources people interested in helping the library as volunteers in special services that may be instituted as a result of the study—such as taking books to the homebound individuals with specialized knowledge who may become human information resources people who may be interested in forming, or joining, a Friends of the Library group.

The notes are stuck up on a wall under the S, W, O, and T categories. Notes can be rearranged and recategorized during the following team discussion. The major difference between the two methods is that one is done as a “committee of the whole” during discussion and the other is an individual determination that is followed by full-team discussion. The SWOT analysis serves as a comprehensive and very graphic depiction of the library’s current status. 3 Example of a SWOT Analysis Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Quality of staff Size of budget Community support Lack of space Bond issue for new building Bond issue doesn’t pass Conduct community analysis Potential municipal budget cut Begin planning process Time needed to conduct study Volunteers Size of collection Commitment of library board Lack of staff Some outdated materials in collection Buy new formats Insufficient funds for new formats Studying the Community and Developing a Plan 47 The Study Is Over .

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