Covering Basics for Starting a New Library for a Special Population in a Challenging Community. Starting a new library for at risk young adults in a digitally divided community. By Stephanie Hill. About me (Stephanie Hill) Background on our Library AZ Dept of Ed Grant
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Covering Basics for Starting a New Library for a Special Population in a Challenging Community
Starting a new library for at risk young adults in a digitally divided community
By Stephanie Hill
Step 1: Define the School Environment & Local Community
Step 2: Identify Possible Partnerships
Step 3: Design an Organizational Chart for the Library
Step 4: Write your library’s Mission Statement
Step 5: Develop Goals/Aims/Objectives
Step 6; Develop Library Policies
Step 7: Programs and Services
Step 8: Financial Components/Library Budget
Step 9: Design a Library Website
Step 10: Advertising/Public Relations
Step 11: Staffing the Library & Establish Hours
Step 12: Assessments & Evaluations
Step 13: Identify areas of improvement
Step 14: Sustainability – A BIGGIE!
Is your school in a major metropolitan area, a large urban city, a small town, etc.?
How would you describe your school's geographical region?
What is the primary language spoken in the city where the school library will be?
What grade levels is the school?
What is the population of the city in which the school is located?
What type of school is it? Private? Public? Charter? Special?
How many teachers does the school have?
What subjects are taught?
What kind of extracurricular activities does the school have?
What are the electives students can take?
What is the level of parent involvement?
How many different types businesses or industries are in the surrounding area?
Are the surrounding companies largely domestic, national, international?
Are there any government offices nearby? If so, which ones?
Check with other school libraries to find out what type of services and programs they have?
What kind of other schools are in the area? Public? Private?
How many elementary? Secondary?
Check with the public library to see what they offer? What worked for them? What did not work?
What is the crime rate in the local community?
Are you located near any major modes of transportation, i.e. interstate highways, airports, train stations, etc.?
Are there any colleges or universities in the area?
Do they specialize in a particular type of education – technical, agriculture, humanities, business, etc.?
Compile all your answers in a document
Review what you have collected
Begin thinking about what the library should look like based on your results
Identify needs and gaps where the library can help the school and community
Partnerships can help carry some of the burden for the library
When reviewing the document, identify possible partners for your library
Some examples can include museums, other libraries (academic, school, public), schools, universities/colleges, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Corporations, Banks, etc.
If your library is affiliated with a school or organization, make sure the mission statement is aligned with the organization’s mission statement
Establish and clarify priorities in your mission statement.
Address all essential components
Say what you do and how you do it
Make sure it defines the business of the library
Do not be vague
Gather feedback from interested parties (supervisor, teachers, etc)
The Santa Cruz County Regional School District #99 Library Media Center mission is to provide instructive, state-of-the-art, high-quality resources to the staff and students of Pimeria Alta Academy as well as to the families and general public it serves. Library services and programs support: academic performance improvement; staff and community education; internet research; information literacy skill-building; and professional development. The Library upholds Pimeria Alta Academy’s mission of empowering students to believe in themselves to reach their greatest potential.
Identify goals which will measure if you are achieving your mission or not
Should be determined by the mission
Set long term and short term goals
Identify statistics to work towards achievement
Tangible and clearly described
Goals are general statements describing a desired outcome over time.
Objectives are the plans for reaching that goal.
Our students test scores increased by 40% from the year prior to the library opening to the less than a year following the opening of the library.
Gain employment due to IT certification classes taught in the library
Establish policies for your library.
Collection Development Policy: Most important and first policy you should focus on
Make sure the policies are directly aligned with mission statement and the goals.
Policies should include a clear focus and scope and rationale for the policy.
Very unique to your library
Reflect major areas for which a library provides service. For our library, it is education and technology.
Set up a plan for program evaluation and feedback
Online Presence for your Library
Example of our Library Website
Hire and interview staff
Plan your hours of operation
Where can there be improvement?
What gaps are in their in the collection?
What is being requested?
Develop a sustainability plan
Areas of funding that can be drawn from?
Are you there any questions?
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