National Parliamentary Library of Georgia LIBRARY MARKETING Tamta Tsutsunava Rusudan Asatiani Tinatin Sharashidze Marina Alania Maia Simonishvili
A Few Words About Library Marketing Library Marketing is a job and function that should include training and support for all staff of the Library. Marketing the value of any library is a responsibility that should not be fulfilled by "employee job titles or job descriptions" - but should be a responsibility of all who have a stake in the survival of the Library facilities and the services & collections it offers its Community of users.
Libraries are more than just collections of books and other materials. “Libraries are dynamic forces in their communities with the power to improve lives” (Jill Stover, www.librarymarketing.blogspot.com) Modern marketing demands that librarians look beyond their traditional roles ("outside the book") to find new ways to connect with people and further their success.
Objective To introduce students to the theory and practice of marketing, with particular reference to libraries, information and culture.
Assignments The module has the following three assignments: The 1st assignment: Students should write a brief report segmenting users of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. You should then select one segment and discuss its needs. Length: 1000 words. Weighting: 25% Due : 5th week.
The 2nd assignment: Write a brief report on the marketing of cultural activities (or one particular cultural activity) at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. Length: 1000 words. Weighting: 25%. Due : 10th week.
3rd assignment Students will devise a marketing plan for a product or service at The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. You should select a group of users and provide a rationale for linking the product or service with the particular group. Your plan should be linked to marketing theory and practice. You should include references to relevant literature, both general marketing literature and literature specific to library and information marketing.
The duration of the presentation will be 20 minutes, which should be followed by a 2500 word write up Weighting: 50%. (25% for presentation and 25% for write up.) Due : 15th week.
Course Evaluation Made by Students At the end of the course students will be given the questionnaires to evaluate theory as well as practices due to take their opinions for consideration in future.