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Measuring Outcomes in Public Libraries – Insights from Darren Smart

Measuring Outcomes in Public Libraries – Insights from Darren Smart Measuring Outcomes in Public Libraries – Insights from Darren Smart “By measuring outcomes rather than simple inputs/outputs you will be able to: 1. Demonstrate more effectively how your library contributes to the delivery of your Authority’s evidence-based plan for addressing local needs which will be defined in terms of desired outcomes. 2. Be a more effective advocate for your services, using the stories you have collected to challenge traditional perceptions by illustrating the impact across a wide range of key outcomes. 3. Make better bids for funding through commissions or grants, as awarding bodies are outcome focused. 4. Deliver more effective partnership working as it is easier to identify common objectives/outcomes and so remain focussed on the win-win.” “In practical terms this means that any approach must: 1.Be simple & easy for all frontline staff to implement. 2.Systematic, to quickly gather case studies to build an effective database. 3.Engage staff to embed an outcomes-focused culture to ensure sustainability.”...

Libraries provide a safe place for everyone: Pink Shirt Day Feb, 27, 2019

Libraries provide a safe place for everyone: Pink Shirt Day Feb, 27, 2019 BIBLIOFILES: Libraries provide a safe place for everyone “Entering a public library is like passing into a parallel judgment-free dimension that provides space to just be who you are while discovering countless free resources that support a diversity of personal interests.” “Feb. 27 marks the twelfth anniversary of the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day since its beginning as a quiet act of kindness by two Nova Scotia teens, David Shepherd and Travis Price, in 2007. The official website, www.pinkshirtday.ca, provides this mission statement: “Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.” Similarly, libraries provide yearlong support to people of all ages who are being attacked or ignored because of who they are and who they like and what they wear and what they do. Entering a public library is like passing into a parallel judgment-free dimension that provides space to just be who you are while discovering countless free resources that support a diversity of personal interests. Libraries epitomize the importance of being welcoming without prejudice or bias. The success of Shepherd and Price’s small protest that grew into a global movement to stand up to bullying proves that the connection and inclusion a library provides is needed outside the building’s walls and beyond the community it serves.” The focus for Pink Shirt Day 2019 is cyber bullying:...

Call for Participants: FREE OpenMediaDesk Social Marketing Training from FOPL

“OpenMediaDesk is the best, most successful course I’ve ever taken, anytime, anywhere. I loved every minute of it.” Ruth Berry Librarian Georgina PL “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a staff person thank me personally for a course they’ve taken. I was amazed. Thank you…” David Harvie CEO Georgina PL “Brendan, your work is so inspiring. Thank you.” Margie Singleton CEO Vaughan PL (seven staff OMD alumni) “After the results we’ve seen from OMD with just our communications staff, Brendan, we want you to teach our entire library OpenMediaDesk…” Suzanne Campbell CEO Orillia PL (28 staff alumni) We have a few openings in our next cohort. If you’re interested in participating just call or email cohort B Tue 19 Feb/Tue 06 March @10a every Tuesday for six (6) weeks Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter: @sabram  ...

Roadmap for Success: The 5 Documents that Every Library CEO Must Have (and 5 Steps to get there)!

Roadmap for Success: The 5 Documents that Every Library CEO Must Have (and 5 Steps to get there)! PDF: 5 Docs every CEO Must have on their desk In our FOPL universe of members, we are noting that we’re approaching 25% of our CEOs have less than two years in their roles.  We have a lot of new and dynamic CEOs entering the role of leadership in Ontario’s public libraries. What a great opportunity! That said, taking a new role of CEO involves a huge mindset change from managerial to leadership thinking.  There are a lot of courses you can take (and maybe already have).  Here’s FOPL’s list of Ontario-based leadership training: Made in Canada Solutions for Public Library Leadership Development  http://fopl.ca/news/made-in-canada-solutions-for-public-library-leadership-development/ And there are lots of resources available through your FOPL membership: Key Ontario Resources for FOPL CEOs http://fopl.ca/news/key-ontario-resources-for-fopl-ceos/ Differences Between Managers and Leaders Most of this mindset shift is from manager (without losing all of those wonderful skills) to leader.  Here’s what Forbes Magazine says: “1. Leaders create a vision; managers create goals. Leaders are change agents; managers maintain the status quo. Leaders are unique; managers copy. Leaders take risks; managers control risk. Leaders are in it for the long haul; managers think short-term. Leaders grow personally; managers rely on existing, proven skills. Leaders build relationships; managers build systems and processes. Leaders coach; managers direct. Leaders create fans; managers have employees. Are you a manager or a leader?” If you’re reading this and thinking “I need to do both!”, you’re right.  Avoid taking the advice to extremes, it’s all about the matrix of skills and the priorities you...

When programs fail

When programs fail Learning from Program Flops (Or, Sometimes Programs Fail … and that’s OK!) http://www.programminglibrarian.org/blog/learning-program-flops-or-sometimes-programs-fail-and-thats-ok Headlines: “We’ve all been there — the crafts are set up, the snacks are out, and you’ve got your programming director hat on. You’re prepared for a great turnout … and then nobody shows up. It’s a huge letdown to be excited about a program only to have zero attendance. You wonder what you did wrong, why no one was interested. It’s easy to get down on yourself. Program failures are the worst. But if we’re going to fail — and fail we will — we might as well learn from it. Programs are going to fail sometimes. But it’s important to try to turn unsuccessful programs into something from which you can learn and grow. Here are some ways I’ve grown from my most cringe-worthy programming flops.” Keep track of your programs The biggest culprits: timing, weather, marketing Don’t be afraid to make fun of yourself Learn from your mistakes Move on...

The modern librarian is equal parts caregiver, local hero and geek squad member

The modern librarian is equal parts caregiver, local hero and geek squad member We hit the library and end up learning a new craft, listening to a bedtime story and experiencing cutting-edge new technology absolutely free http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/February-2019/The-modern-librarian-is-equal-parts-caregiver-local-hero-and-geek-squad-member/...

8 Children’s Book Illustrators Who Brought Picture Books to Life

8 Children’s Book Illustrators Who Brought Picture Books to Life https://www.invaluable.com/blog/childrens-book-illustrators/ Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes • Last updated: 02.13.19 For many adults, picture books were among some of the earliest influential forms of visual learning as children. While pictorial storytelling dates back to the cave paintings of Prehistoric art, the first picture book—a narrative framework that uses sequential imagery rather than text to convey a story—dates back a short 130 years ago to artist Randolph Caldecott. Caldecott, an impressive illustrator of the time, began using imagery as the main component of his storytelling, rather than as a mere decorative addition to accompany the text. With the technological advancements in printing that followed, attitudes toward childhood evolved, and a group of pivotal illustrators emerged. This contributed to the proliferation of illustrated children’s books, and visual storytelling began to take shape throughout the 20th century. Iconic characters like Winnie the Pooh, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web, and Curious George cemented themselves in our hearts in large part due to the illustrations that brought them to life. Scholars, educators, and parents alike saw the potential of illustrated books as a vehicle that heralded children’s imaginations. Today, it is the authors of these iconic tales that consumers and collectors recall most vividly, but do you also know the names of the children’s book illustrators who played an equal role in imagining the likeness of the most beloved characters of children’s literature? Below, we explore eight of our favorite children’s book illustrators who brought these loveable stories to life. 1. Quentin Blake (1932–present) James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Sold for £600 via Bloomsbury Auctions (December...

Speaking truth to power – there’s no such thing as neutral

Municipal WOrld: Speaking truth to power – there’s no such thing as neutral Speaking truth to power – there’s no such thing as neutral “As public servants, our first job is to tell the truth: about the current state of affairs; about how much it takes to support a community’s goals and dreams (and what those goals and dreams represent in real terms); about the challenges of prioritizing which things will get attention today or tomorrow, or possibly not until a decade from now; and about our own fallibility as human beings who are just trying to get it...

“THE PEOPLE’S PLACE:” HOW PLACEMAKING CAN BUILD TODAY’S BEST LIBRARIES

“THE PEOPLE’S PLACE:” HOW PLACEMAKING CAN BUILD TODAY’S BEST LIBRARIES https://www.pps.org/article/the-peoples-place-how-placemaking-can-build-todays-best-libraries “Libraries can change the world! Resources to make your libraries and civic centers great community places: Libraries that Matter Library Placemaking in Action How to Make Your Library Great A Library Instills Community Spirit in Nova Scotia Libraries at the Heart of our Communities (a featured article from our partner, the Planning Commissioner’s Journal) Public Library Design: Working from the Inside Out and the Outside In (MP3 of seminar) featurung PPS VP Ethan Kent speaking in Melbourne on Libraries as a Catalyst for Placemaking Civic Centers in a Paradigm of Place: Reinventing the Courthouse Get inspired by all the ideas the Antigonish community generated on this page. Placemaking and Consultations Antigonish Library Site...