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The Settlement Library Project

  1. 1. Settlement Libraries: Community Information Centers The Last Puzzle Piece in Appalachia
  2. 2. Appalachia <ul><li>The Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>A geologic term used to describe part or all of the Appalachian Mountain Range </li></ul><ul><li>A region of the United States covering the border of Mississippi and Alabama in the south to Pennsylvania and New York in the north </li></ul><ul><li>The entire state of West Virginia is housed in Appalachia . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Appalachia: Situation Analysis <ul><li>The Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>Appalachia is mostly mountainous with many isolated communities </li></ul><ul><li>13.3 Million Appalachian’s live at the poverty level </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly one quarter of the counties in the region are qualified as economically distressed </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Thirty per cent of Appalachian adults are considered functionally illiterate </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia possesses the sixth highest poverty rate in the Nation </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia ranks second in the lowest medium household income in the Country </li></ul>
  5. 5. Settlement Library Project <ul><li>The Project: </li></ul><ul><li>An educational outreach and historical preservation special library initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Creates opportunities for rural communities to establish programs, services, and educational development </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Preserves native and traditional historical Appalachian customs, culture and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Strives toward the retention of the historical quality of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Strives for community centered customized special library services linking with outside sources </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Settlement Library <ul><li>The Plan: </li></ul><ul><li>To create an evolving multiple service institution </li></ul><ul><li>To support public education systems </li></ul><ul><li>To perform as an educational outreach toward literacy efforts in the community </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>To furnish materials for lifelong learning including the homebound, disabled, and the incarcerated </li></ul><ul><li>To serve as a clearinghouse for community organizations for community-wide resources </li></ul><ul><li>To create and establish an ongoing archival project for residents securing their personal and community culture and identity </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resourceful Professionals <ul><li>The Staff: </li></ul><ul><li>Library Director with a Master’s in Library Science </li></ul><ul><li>Program Manager with a Master’s in Library Science </li></ul><ul><li>The Community as a trained advocate/volunteer core </li></ul>
  10. 10. Service Plan <ul><li>Building a Special Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Through a community bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Through an information and research service </li></ul><ul><li>Through an educational advancement service </li></ul><ul><li>Through an historical preservation service </li></ul>
  11. 11. Collection Development <ul><li>The Policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate a statewide database </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate ancestry, genealogical, and historical sources and toolkits </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate literacy and outreach services, resources and programming </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate community book drives for donations and purchasing collection materials </li></ul>
  12. 12. Marketing Plan <ul><li>The Promotion: </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Image </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a Brand </li></ul><ul><li>Secure a Website </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Gifts and Sponsorships </li></ul>
  13. 13. Value <ul><li>A customized service-oriented educational resource and a vital special library and community information center - focusing on historical preservation - is not about a single technology or service. </li></ul><ul><li>A connection with the community through safeguarding a local historical identity creates a relevant, thriving resource which will serve users well into the future. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Settlement Library Project </li></ul><ul><li>http://circuit-out-rider.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
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