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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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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

6 women1
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
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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