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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. About me (Stephanie Hill) Background on our Library AZ Dept of Ed Grant
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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!Steps to take
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?Questions to ask – define school environment
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.?Add’l questions to define environment
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.Step 2: Identify possible Partnerships
Should be determined by the mission
Set long term and short term goals
Identify statistics to work towards achievement
Tangible and clearly describedStep 5: develop goals & aims
Objectives are the plans for reaching that goal.Difference between goals & objectives
Gain employment due to IT certification classes taught in the libraryAccomplished goals
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.