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By Brett W. Lear

The 1st within the new ALA Programming publications sequence, this publication walks you thru the method of application improvement and occasion making plans in elements. the 1st part is a "how-to" that prepares you to:

-- behavior demographic research and aim the viewers on your community

-- Tie your library's challenge to precise software offerings

-- bring up money and generate publicity

-- Produce courses that run easily from begin to finish

The moment part positive factors greater than 20 "five-star" courses from round the nation. examining a few number of profitable courses from movie sequence and e-book discussions to artwork sessions and topical panels, you may be encouraged with principles on your personal courses. jam-packed with greater than 30 pattern speaking issues, surveys, newsletters, press releases, scheduling instruments, and checklists, you could hit the floor working and convey your grownup programming providers to life.

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A good first step is to sketch out a basic profile of your community. Ask yourself questions that will help you define your community. In their manual Planning Library Programs, Peggy O’Donnell and Patsy Read provide a survey (see fig. 6 This survey is designed to help you gather information about your community. 2 Community Survey You can develop a profile of your community using the following questions as guidelines. Include any additional information you think is pertinent. What are the major businesses or industries?

This brings us to the third thing you can do with demographic information: Use it to write a proposal. What Do You Do with This Information? Program Proposals Information is wonderful. We usually seek it to verify what we think we know or to find out what we don’t. We are frequently relieved when we find a piece of information that confirms what we already suspected to be true. But seeking the answers to questions is an adventure. We some- 34 An in-house proposal is quite different from a proposal you would submit to a potential funding source, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Public Library 26 PART 1 ■ YOUR ITINERARY 4 Getting to Know Your Community RANKLY, I HEAR THE WORD DEMOGRAPHICS AND I groan and then grow limp. I picture myself with a stack of books filled with columns of numbers. Then I picture myself poring through these books, pulling out numbers, and plugging these same numbers into a table I’m creating on my PC. And, of course, the work is compounded by the fact that I’m far from expert on the particular software program I’m using. So, not only is the work boring, grueling, perhaps even depressing, but it’s infuriating as well, as I split cells and add columns and accidentally delete entire rows instead.

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