Adult Programs in the Library (Ala Programming Guides) by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

The 1st within the new ALA Programming publications sequence, this e-book walks you thru the method of software improvement and occasion making plans in components. the 1st part is a "how-to" that prepares you to:

-- behavior demographic research and goal the viewers on your community

-- Tie your library's venture to express software offerings

-- bring up money and generate publicity

-- Produce courses that run easily from begin to finish

The moment part beneficial properties greater than 20 "five-star" courses from round the kingdom. analyzing a few number of profitable courses from movie sequence and ebook discussions to artwork sessions and topical panels, you may be encouraged with principles in your personal courses. choked with greater than 30 pattern speaking issues, surveys, newsletters, press releases, scheduling instruments, and checklists, you could hit the floor working and produce your grownup programming companies to life.

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For example, your program committee might have a binder that contains the patron evaluation forms from the programs offered over the last few years. If, upon completing a program, you have to submit an evaluation form to a central office, such as the Office of Adult Services, then that office might have a file of past programs that you can look at. Statistics such as these will give you an idea of the popularity of the various topics offered in the past. If your evaluation forms ask patrons to recommend future programs, you will gain insight into additional programming possibilities.

Or, it might reveal that seniors make up a large percentage of the population and yet do not frequently visit the library. This information quickly gives you ideas for ESL classes and programs cosponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), such as income tax assistance for seniors. Your library probably already has other types of information that will be helpful to you. Libraries that have a history of programming will also have some history of statistics. These might be in a rough format.

It is important that you have the administrative processes in place that allow you to meet the terms of the contract. Be sure that the check is drafted in time. And last, give the performer a contact person that she or he can call with contract questions. Performers frequently ask if they can tweak the contract slightly. You will want to make sure that your contact peo- ple know how to answer such questions or know to whom they can refer any questions. Facilities and Equipment The administrative departments within your library probably transport equipment between locations.

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