How to do a program Or more than you ever wanted to know about program planning CHOOSING A TOPIC This is determining the WHAT FORMAL Conducting patron surveys for program ideas Using suggestions from previous program evaluations INFORMAL Use “Suggestion Box”
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Or more than you ever wanted to know about program planning
This is determining the WHAT
Conducting patron surveys for program ideas
Using suggestions from previous program evaluations
Actually there are 2 other components that are often overlooked or forgotten in program planning as people get caught up in an idea, materials, publicity – all the GOOD stuff! It’s a bit like putting the
Before selecting a topic or deciding on an audience, you need to ask,
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS??
which translates into
What is it that you hope to achieve in doing this program?
In other words . . .
Goals should be part of a long-range plan for the library. Even so, you should set program goals, such as,
To inform patrons about “x” or
To increase awareness of the library and its resources or
To provide an enjoyable experience in the library for young and old
But having goals is not enough. How will you know if you’ve reached them?
If you’ve achieved
what you set out to do?
By establishing objectives, you are able to measure the extent or degree to which you achieved the GOALS
must always be
MEASURABLE ! ! !
STAY on target as you now have a topic, identified an audience, set goals, determined how you will measure the program’s success, so what’s left?
you are going to do all of this!!!
So let’s try an example….
Because this is a family program, you are going to have it in the early evening.
Your Friends group is going to have Teddy Bear graham cookies, Teddy Bear cut-out cookies, etc.
You have arranged for a local antiques dealer to come and give a presentation about teddy bears and collecting them
And when everyone is very tired and very pleased with the whole event, you will give out an evaluation form and collect them before all the satisfied patrons leave.
Tomorrow, you and your staff will have a great time going over how successful it all was and how well everything went.
Isn’t so hard or bad after all
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October 1, 2004