Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide For Librarians by Pamela H. MackellarMeeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide For Librarians by Pamela H. Mackellar

Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide For Librarians

byPamela H. Mackellar

Paperback | December 15, 2015

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Librarians must know how to provide essential programs and services that make a difference for the people they serve if libraries are going to survive. It is no longer realistic for librarians to rely on the idea that "people love libraries, so they will fund them" in this economic climate. Librarians must be able to prove that their programs and services are making a difference if they want to compete for funding in their municipalities, schools, corporations, colleges, institutions and organizations.Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide for Librarians presents a process that librarians of all kinds can use to provide effective programs and services. This requires being in close touch with your community, whether it is a city, town, or village; college or university; public or private school; or corporation, hospital, or business. Understanding what information people need, how they access it, how they use it, how it benefits them, and how they share it is paramount. The process in this book covers community assessment, designing programs and services to meet needs, implementing and evaluating programs and services, and funding options. Providing library programs and services for your entire population - not just library users - is more important than ever. Librarians working in libraries of all types must provide programs and services that meet community needs if libraries are to stay relevant and survive in the long run. Librarians must be able to measure their success and demonstrate the library's worth with verifiable proof if they are going to be competitive for available funds in the future. Meeting Community Needs will make you take a serious look at how well your library programs and services are meeting your community's needs, and it will show you the way to success.
Pamela H. MacKellar is an author, teacher and library consultant who has been a librarian for over 30 years. In her positions as a library director, assistant librarian, newspaper librarian, health sciences librarian, cataloger, technology consultant and independent consultant in libraries of all kinds including special, school, public...
Title:Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide For LibrariansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 10.86 × 8.32 × 0.46 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810891344

ISBN - 13:9780810891340


Table of Contents

List of Figures List of TablesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Discovering What Your Community NeedsChapter 1: Library Services and Programming in the Twenty-First CenturyChapter 2: Clarifying the Library's RoleChapter 3: Creating a Community ProfileChapter 4: Assessing Community NeedsChapter 5: Organizing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Assessment ResultsPart II: Planning Services and Programs that Make a DifferenceChapter 6: Designing Effective Programs and ServicesChapter 7: Developing Goals, Objectives, and OutcomesChapter 8: Determining Activities, Staff Requirements, and TimelineChapter 9: Creating a Program BudgetChapter 10: Funding Effective Programs and ServicesPart III: Providing Effective Programs and Services and Measuring Your SuccessChapter 11: Implementing Library Programs and ServicesChapter 12: Measuring EffectivenessChapter 13: Using Your Success to Move ForwardIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

MacKellar's book makes a compelling case for librarians to toss outdated definitions of 'assessments' as she unfolds plans for designing an evolving vibrant resource center that will provide whatever its community needs.The author unabashedly states the necessity of change, that specific traditional concepts such 'bringing people into the library' and 'holding social events' are library-centered ideas that need to evolve for the library to be a valued resource.  They must become needs-based from a community viewpoint.  While smashing the process of traditional assessments, she provides a well-planned methodology for discovering current community needs and how to implement changes.  The book opens with an enthusiastic wake up call to librarians, then it concisely glides into an outline with plans to assess a community, and how to use those findings to create an evolved community knowledge center.