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Sharing a vision the layers of collaboration behind the kentucky sister library project

Sharing a VisionThe Layers of Collaboration Behind the Kentucky Sister Library Project


Kentucky public library association
Kentucky Public Library Association

  • Part of the Kentucky Library Association

  • 775 individual members (slightly more than half of the total KLA membership)

  • Holds an annual Spring conference for public librarians


What is a sister library
What Is A Sister Library?

  • Historically, U.S. libraries have partnered with libraries in other countries.

  • Activities tend to lean toward mostly symbolic endeavors, such as:

    • Exchanging photos, letters, postcards, etc.

    • Creating displays related to sister library/country

    • Creating scrapbooks about sister library


Sharing a vision the layers of collaboration behind the kentucky sister library project

  • A New Model: In-State (KY – leading the U.S.)

    • Libraries with more resources pair with those with less resources.

    • Meaningful projects are identified & carried out.

    • Relationships are fostered between employees.

  • Ultimate Goal: Stronger library system throughout the state


Origins of the program
Origins of the Program

  • Humble start in 2009 as a proposal

  • Began in 2010 as an experiment between two libraries

  • Other libraries quickly showed interest

  • Moved under umbrella of KPLA in 2010


Benefits
Benefits

Benefits of a Sister Library Program

  • Access to staff expertise in all areas: HR; PR; IT

  • Help with projects

  • Patrons receive needed services

  • Possible donations of materials and equipment

  • Good will between institutions

  • Professional development for staff members


Possible activities
Possible Activities

  • Collection Development

  • Weeding

  • Programming

  • Web Site Development

  • Staff Exchanges

  • Grant Writing

  • Policy Development

  • Participating in a community wide read together



What s been done so far
What’s Been Done So Far?

  • Kenton County – Carter County

    • Staff exchange for 2 days


What s been done so far1
What’s Been Done So Far?

  • Designed a logo for CCPL (now on staff tee-shirts & web site)


What s been done so far2
What’s Been Done So Far?

2) Campbell County – McLean County

  • Cataloged over 1600 items for MCPL


What s been done so far3
What’s Been Done So Far?

  • Filled the newly acquired MCPL bookmobile


What s been done so far4
What’s Been Done So Far?

4) Madison County – Estill County

  • Staff Meet & Greet/Staff Exchanges

  • Sharing and maintaining a book drop



A network of team players
A Network of Team Players

  • Sister Libraries

    • Friends groups of the sister libraries

  • Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives

    • 8 Regional Field Consultants (15 counties each)

  • Library Directors

    • Networking & promoting the idea

  • Friends of Kentucky Libraries

    • Financial support through 2 annual grants



Collaboration success1
Collaboration = Success!

  • 8 partnerships (19 libraries); more on the way

    • Second largest library system in KY is participating

  • Grant money through state Friends group

    • First outside financial supporter

  • Local media attention (multiple articles)

  • National attention for the project

    • American Libraries article

    • Library Journal Movers and Shakers award


Sisters speak
Sisters Speak . . .

“The Kenton County-Carter County Sister Library Project has been a lifeline for us . . . Kenton County has helped fill in a lot of the gaps for us. The fact that they mourned our loss in the flood of May, 2010 and they take as much joy in our progress and triumphs as we do, Carter County feels like a well-cared for little sister. We would highly recommend this project to other libraries.”

Mindy Woods, Trustee, Carter County Public Library


Sisters speak1
Sisters Speak . . .

“I was absolutely tickled to death with the concept of a sister library!”

Aimee Newberry, Director, McLean Co. Public Library


Sisters speak2
Sisters Speak . . .

“From Andrew Carnegie to Bill and Melinda Gates, public libraries have traditionally relied on benefactors to become firmly established. I saw this project as a way for us to provide a similar helping hand to Carter County.”

Dave Schroeder, Director, Kenton Co. Public Library