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NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around


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When we started at the South Sioux City Public Library two years ago the library was having difficult times. Circulation and attendance numbers were down. The public’s opinion of the library was not …

When we started at the South Sioux City Public Library two years ago the library was having difficult times. Circulation and attendance numbers were down. The public’s opinion of the library was not positive. In two years’ time period we have seen an increase of circulation from 21000 items to over 40000 items. We have seen attendance numbers for youth climb from 2000 to 6000 and adult attendance has gone from 800 participants to over 3000 participants. This presentation will tell what we did to turn the program around. Presenters: David Mixdorf, Dan Nieman, Odessa Meyer, South Sioux City Public Library.
NCompass live - Februady 15, 2012.

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  • 1.
  • 2. Turning Your Program Around What the South Sioux City Public Library did to change the public’s perception of the library.
  • 3. June 1, 2009 New Library Director Hired New Children’s Librarian Hired New Library Board chosen to replace dismissed board.
  • 4. Perception of the library It was boring. Nothing to do. The programs didn’t fit their needs. The library lacked posters, pictures, books on display. Not kid friendly. Didn’t know we had one.
  • 5. In the last 2 years we have seen these increases.
  • 6. Circulation checkouts2008-2009: 22,5312010-2011: 43,486
  • 7. Computer Usage2008-2009: 209002010-2011: 27227
  • 8. New Cards Issued2008-2009: 9502010-2011: 1276
  • 9. Reference Questions Answered 2008-2009: 406 2010-2011: 803
  • 10. Adult Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 6842010-2011: 3180
  • 11. Children’s Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 1895 2010-2011: 6225
  • 12. What did we do to accomplish this turn around.Interview library patrons
  • 13. Communicate withpeople who don’t use the library with questionnaires.
  • 14. Meet with civicgroups and give presentations.
  • 15. Meet with local agenciesand see what the library could do to assist their agency.
  • 16. Talk with area schools.
  • 17. Talk with area businesses.
  • 18. Do a review of theservices your communityprovides and try to fill in the gaps.
  • 19. See what otherlibraries are doingand recreate their ideas to fit your needs.
  • 20. Keep an open mind.Even if an idea doesn’t catch on right away, keep trying.
  • 21. Changes in Youth Programming 2009: Story Times were held consistently twice a week & two programs that ran once a month 2011: Story Times are held consistently five times a week
  • 22. Encouraged Partnerships with Community  Move & Music Classes for youth  Story Telling with local teachers We also utilize our localChamberetts, Optimist Club and 4-H Extension Office for programming
  • 23. Look at the Community You Serve In our community we saw a need and reached out to fill it. We have a mother who volunteers to read bilingual books and we make crafts with the children Bilingual Story Time
  • 24. Consistency Keeping programming consistent is a major help for your families to remember to stop in Being consistent in special programs (monthly or yearly) is a benefit. LEGO classes & contest
  • 25. Make the library FUN!Hanging out at the library
  • 26. Dr. Seuss Celebration!
  • 27. Summer Reading Programs PuppetWorld Juggling Day Making String Instrument Extravaganza Sioux Falls Zoo Mobile
  • 28. More Summer Reading Bugs from around the World Nebraska’s Humanities Council – David Marsh Music from around the World Mad Science
  • 29. New Area’s Teen AreaYoung Kids Area
  • 30. Teen Murder Mystery Dinner
  • 31. Programming with Adults 2000- Present 2000-2004 Library Building Project 2004-2007 Countywide Service 2007-Present Making Library Services work for People.
  • 32. Programming with Adults Cover to Cover Book Club
  • 33. Started in 2002
  • 34. We are regularly involved in One Book Events
  • 35. Book Club Resources One Book Programs
  • 36. Resources Available to Libraries Nebraska Book Club Wiki 9/FrontPage NLC Book Club Kits The Big Read Nebraska Humanities Council ooks.html
  • 37. Resources Available to Book Clubs Reading Group Guides ent/index.asp Library Thing Shelfari Good Reads
  • 38. Programming with Adults Book clubs- Cover to Cover Humanities Programming
  • 39. Lewis & Clark Bicentennial 2003-2005
  • 40. Humanities Programming Connecting with state arts and humanities groups is a great way to do programming. Connecting with local and area arts and humanities presenters outside the state can also reap benefits. Connect programming to the natural interests of the community
  • 41. Programming with Adults Book clubs- Cover to Cover Humanities Programming Local and Personal Interests
  • 42. Native American/ Western Programming
  • 43. Local & Personal Interests
  • 44. Musical Programming
  • 45. Music Contacts Concerts in Your Home Unbound Booking
  • 46. Art Gallery Area
  • 47. Community Garden/ Organic Gardening
  • 48. Cardinal Festival
  • 49. Movies Real to Reel- popular movies with contemporary issues.
  • 50. Movies B Movie Night at the Bijou
  • 51. Classic Movies and Discussion
  • 52. Special Movie Presentations Movies in History celebrating birthdays or anniversaries.
  • 53. Special Movie Presentations Movies with special themes
  • 54. And There’s More Technology classes (20-25 classes a month) Classes on Medicare Part D sign-up Digital Television switch over Banned books week discussions Stars of the Silent Films Games day Trivia Contest
  • 55. 50+ Area