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Good Practices in Library Programming Section B. March 14, 2012. 6. Women. Reaching Women: Publicize in local women ’ s organizations Have an information table in the women ’ s park Information table in women ’ s market Invite women to a health fair to get them

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Good practices in library programming section b

Good Practices in Library ProgrammingSection B

March 14, 2012


6 women

6. Women

  • Reaching Women:

  • Publicize in local women’s organizations

  • Have an information table in the women’s park

  • Information table in

    women’s market

  • Invite women to a

    health fair to get them

    into the library


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6. Women

  • Provide Socializing Opportunities:

  • Tea time

  • Current events discussion groups (use newspapers to

    discuss news items)

  • Ask women to

    bring a relative or

    friend

  • Poetry readings


6 women2

6. Women

  • Consider Accessibility

  • What hours are women most available?

  • Can childcare be offered by a volunteer?

  • Have women-only designated hours

  • What services & programs will draw women into the library for the first time?

  • How can the library be friendly and un-intimidating?


7 men

7. Men

  • Activities for men:

  • Lecture series or guest speakers on topics for which information is in demand

  • History classes

  • Film screenings

  • Poetry readings


Outreach strategies

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • CREATE A DISPLAY

  • Gather some interesting books to display

  • Arrange them on a table or display case in a shop, mosque, clinic, classroom, community centre, NGO office or other space

  • Include contact information for the library

  • Explain these are samples of what one can find in the library


Outreach strategies1

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • HOST A COMMUNITY MEETING

  • Explain the purpose of a library

  • Explain the functions of a library

  • Explain how the librarian helps visitors

  • Explain the library’s role as an archive of heritage, local information, literature & history

  • Engage the community in planning for the library

  • Ask their ideas, interests and requests


Outreach strategies2

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • FORM AN OUTREACH COMMITTEE

  • Invite influential community members to establish a committee

  • The committee spreads awareness of the library and its activities

  • The committee finds out

    what kind of reading

    material and activities

    people want


Outreach strategies3

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • DISPLAY BOARDS IN THE LIBRARY

  • Have a display area with information that is regularly updated

  • Have special information for special events like International Women’s Day, World Health Day, Mother’s Day, Human Rights Day, etc

  • Announce community events there

  • Display creations of library patrons such as poems, artwork or writing

  • Display handicrafts or cultural artifacts


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Outreach strategies4

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

  • Newsletter can include schedule of library activities

  • Announce new books in the collection

  • Feature work of patrons: poems, stories, art

  • Competitions, puzzles, games

  • Announce local events & opportunities

  • Invite articles from community members & institutions (like schools, shuras, businesses)


Outreach strategies5

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • SCHEDULE

  • Publicize the library’s program of activities, including dates, timing, registration information, incentives, etc

  • Distribute copies through the Outreach Committee and local institutions

  • Have the schedule displayed in the library

  • Consider publicizing it in local media


Outreach strategies6

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  • Establish a “Friends of the

    Library” club of volunteers

  • Volunteers can be youth

    or adults

  • Volunteer tasks include: fundraising, clean up, hosting events, publicity, planning, other

  • Ensure that volunteers are recognized and appreciated for their contributions


Outreach strategies7

OUTREACH STRATEGIES

  • WORK WITH SCHOOLS

  • Encourage teachers to give assignments to students that requires library use

  • Ask teachers to give presentation in class on how to complete a form to get

    a library card, how to sign out

    books, and library activities

  • Give a workshop to teachers

    on library resources


Key messages

Key Messages

  • The library belongs to the community

  • Books aren’t owned, but shared

  • The library welcomes everyone

  • There are more than books in the library

  • The library is a place for knowledge seekers!

    “to seek knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim”

    - Islamic Hadith


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