The Thriving Library

The Thriving Library

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Here is a highly readable guide to strategies and projects that have helped over 100 public libraries gain community support and funding during challenging times. Marylaine Block integrates survey responses from innovative library directors with her research, analysis, and extended interviews to showcase hundreds of winning programs and services. The strategies explored include: Youth Services; The Library as Place; Partnerships; Marketing; Stressing the Economic Value; Library 2.0; Outreach; and Helping the Community Achieve Its Aspirations. Projects are described in practitioners' own words, with additional examples drawn from libraries' long-range plans, annual reports, programs, and Web sites, as well as from news stories and library literature. The result is a rich source of ideas and inspiration for those who want their libraries to thrive, not merely survive. Supported by the author's Web page.She told a patron who came into the Whitman County Library in Washington to use the Chiltona#39;s auto manuals. The patron was excited when the librarian showed him the AllData online database for car repair informationa€”at which point the librarian said, a€œNow, go out and tell five ... 40 percent of Central Library users visit for business purposes, ranging from resume writing to market and patent research.

Title:The Thriving Library
Author:Marylaine Block
Publisher:Information Today, Inc. - 2007-01


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