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www.southsiouxcity.org/library
Turning Your Program
Around (part 2)
What the South Sioux City
Public Library did to change
the public’s perception of
the...
June 1, 2009
 New

Library Director Hired
 New Children’s Librarian Hired
 New Library Board chosen to
replace dismisse...
Perception of the library










It was boring.
Nothing to do.
The programs didn’t fit their needs.
The library l...
In the last 5 years
we have seen
these increases.
Circulation checkouts
2008-2009: 22,531
2012-2013: 53,119
Computer Usage
2008-2009: 20900
2012-2013: 30009
Reference Questions
Answered

2008-2009: 406
2012-2013: 1344
Adult Programming
Attendance

2008-2009: 684
2012-2013: 3000
Children’s Programming
Attendance
2008-2009: 1895

2012-2013: 5615
Number of Programs
2008-2009-

Around 160
Number of Programs
2012-2013





Children's : Around 600
Adult: Around 100
Technology: Around 800
Total: 1500
What did we do to accomplish
this turn around.

1. Interview library patrons
2. Communicate
with people who
don’t use the
library with
questionnaires.
3. Meet and
remeet with civic
groups and give
presentations.
4. Meet with local
agencies and see what
the library could do to
assist their agency.
5. Talk with area schools.
6. Do a review of the
services your community
provides and try to fill in
the gaps.
7. See what other
libraries are doing
and recreate their
ideas to fit your
needs.
8. Utilize the skills
of your staff
Keep an open mind.
Even if an idea doesn’t
catch on right away,
keep trying.
Changes in Youth Programming




2009: Story Times were held consistently twice a
week & two programs that ran once a mo...
Encouraged Partnerships with
Community

Dr. Powell is a local
gemologist

We joined together with our
community to offer a...
Summer Reading Programs
We work with our local Optimist group, the South Sioux City
Optimist Club and help coordinate an a...
Consistency




Keeping programming consistent is a major help
for your families to remember to stop in
Being consistent...
Wednesday Night Clubs
Starting late this year, we introduced clubs that meet
every Wednesday night.


Robotics Club – We ...
Make the library FUN!
Dr. Seuss Celebration!
TAB & Minions







Our TAB is our High School advisory board
Minions is our Middle School advisory
board
We currentl...
TAB

2012 Teen Halloween
Party in the Basement

2013 Teen Run Halloween
Party for kids
Programming with Adults
Brings out the Best in the Library Staff
In Tune With our Card Holders
Seeks to reach out
to all the people in
our service area
Almost Every Interest Can
Be Turned into a Library
Service
Garden Club
Tangled
Yarns
SSC Scribes
Spanish
Technology
Classes
Patron Driven
Programming
B-Movies
Quilt Shows
Book Clubs
Community Driven
Services

ESL Classes
GED Test Preparation
Muslim
Journeys
Getting the Word
Out
Library Website
E-Newsletter
City Newsletter
Facebook Page
Library Blog
Post Cards
Cardinal Festival
Chamber of Commerce
Build programs out of interest areas that your
staff, friends group or other volunteers may have.
Community Garden/ Organic
Gardening
Community Farmers Market
Community Orchard

Community Garden Club
Seed Savers Library
Movies


Real to Reel- popular movies with
contemporary issues.
Movies
B

Movie Night at the Bijou
Classic Movies and Discussion
Special Movie Presentations


Movies in History celebrating birthdays or
anniversaries.
Unique Ideas Movies


Spaghetti Dinner with:
And There’s More









Immigration Services
Classes on Medicare Part D sign-up
Different Trivia Contest
Beginnin...
Art Gallery Area
50+ Area
Mobile Computer Classroom
Teach 42 tech classes in English
and Spanish















Know Your Computer, Introduction To Your Laptop, ...
What does the future hold?








Cooking classes
Film classes
Genealogy classes
Community Health workers
Social Wo...
Dan Nieman, Odessa Meyer, David Mixdorf
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
NCompass Live: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later
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NCompass Live - December 11, 2013.
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When we did our first NCompass Live presentation two years ago (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=11185) we told about the changes that we had accomplished in the first two years. Tune in to see what we have accomplished and learned in the next two years. This presentation will tell what we are continuing to do to turn the program around. Presenters: David Mixdorf, Dan Nieman, Odessa Meyer: South Sioux City Public Library.

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  1. 1. www.southsiouxcity.org/library
  2. 2. Turning Your Program Around (part 2) What the South Sioux City Public Library did to change the public’s perception of the library.
  3. 3. June 1, 2009  New Library Director Hired  New Children’s Librarian Hired  New Library Board chosen to replace dismissed board.
  4. 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. 5. In the last 5 years we have seen these increases.
  6. 6. Circulation checkouts 2008-2009: 22,531 2012-2013: 53,119
  7. 7. Computer Usage 2008-2009: 20900 2012-2013: 30009
  8. 8. Reference Questions Answered 2008-2009: 406 2012-2013: 1344
  9. 9. Adult Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 684 2012-2013: 3000
  10. 10. Children’s Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 1895 2012-2013: 5615
  11. 11. Number of Programs 2008-2009- Around 160
  12. 12. Number of Programs 2012-2013     Children's : Around 600 Adult: Around 100 Technology: Around 800 Total: 1500
  13. 13. What did we do to accomplish this turn around. 1. Interview library patrons
  14. 14. 2. Communicate with people who don’t use the library with questionnaires.
  15. 15. 3. Meet and remeet with civic groups and give presentations.
  16. 16. 4. Meet with local agencies and see what the library could do to assist their agency.
  17. 17. 5. Talk with area schools.
  18. 18. 6. Do a review of the services your community provides and try to fill in the gaps.
  19. 19. 7. See what other libraries are doing and recreate their ideas to fit your needs.
  20. 20. 8. Utilize the skills of your staff
  21. 21. Keep an open mind. Even if an idea doesn’t catch on right away, keep trying.
  22. 22. Changes in Youth Programming   2009: Story Times were held consistently twice a week & two programs that ran once a month 2013: We have 4 story-time programs a week (preschool & toddlers), we show 2 movies a week, a baby story time once a week, an art program once a week, a weekly night of fun program, a monthly Spanish story time, and clubs held once a week
  23. 23. Encouraged Partnerships with Community Dr. Powell is a local gemologist We joined together with our community to offer a PIWI (parents interacting with infants) program. Music in the Schools program held at our library
  24. 24. Summer Reading Programs We work with our local Optimist group, the South Sioux City Optimist Club and help coordinate an annual wreath auction, some of the proceeds help pay for our big performers for the summer!
  25. 25. 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. All my parents know when “Toddler Time” is or what day “Pat-A-Cake Pals” program is held, etc
  26. 26. Wednesday Night Clubs Starting late this year, we introduced clubs that meet every Wednesday night.  Robotics Club – We work with the Extension office of our county  Lego Club – We have structured building time and free building  Mad Scientist Club – We introduce new science experiments  Technology Kids Club – We utilize our traveling lap top cart and hold a robotics club that builds and programs the computer to run the robots time and activities with the kids with the kids to help with anything they need and introduce new programs for them to try.
  27. 27. Make the library FUN!
  28. 28. Dr. Seuss Celebration!
  29. 29. TAB & Minions     Our TAB is our High School advisory board Minions is our Middle School advisory board We currently have 15 active TAB members & 8 active Minion members They run activities for other teens and youth in our community.
  30. 30. TAB 2012 Teen Halloween Party in the Basement 2013 Teen Run Halloween Party for kids
  31. 31. Programming with Adults
  32. 32. Brings out the Best in the Library Staff
  33. 33. In Tune With our Card Holders
  34. 34. Seeks to reach out to all the people in our service area
  35. 35. Almost Every Interest Can Be Turned into a Library Service
  36. 36. Garden Club
  37. 37. Tangled Yarns
  38. 38. SSC Scribes
  39. 39. Spanish Technology Classes
  40. 40. Patron Driven Programming
  41. 41. B-Movies
  42. 42. Quilt Shows
  43. 43. Book Clubs
  44. 44. Community Driven Services ESL Classes GED Test Preparation
  45. 45. Muslim Journeys
  46. 46. Getting the Word Out
  47. 47. Library Website
  48. 48. E-Newsletter
  49. 49. City Newsletter
  50. 50. Facebook Page
  51. 51. Library Blog
  52. 52. Post Cards
  53. 53. Cardinal Festival
  54. 54. Chamber of Commerce
  55. 55. Build programs out of interest areas that your staff, friends group or other volunteers may have.
  56. 56. Community Garden/ Organic Gardening
  57. 57. Community Farmers Market Community Orchard Community Garden Club
  58. 58. Seed Savers Library
  59. 59. Movies  Real to Reel- popular movies with contemporary issues.
  60. 60. Movies B Movie Night at the Bijou
  61. 61. Classic Movies and Discussion
  62. 62. Special Movie Presentations  Movies in History celebrating birthdays or anniversaries.
  63. 63. Unique Ideas Movies  Spaghetti Dinner with:
  64. 64. And There’s More        Immigration Services Classes on Medicare Part D sign-up Different Trivia Contest Beginning a Small Business Quilting workshop Food Canning classes Early school registration
  65. 65. Art Gallery Area
  66. 66. 50+ Area
  67. 67. Mobile Computer Classroom
  68. 68. Teach 42 tech classes in English and Spanish              Know Your Computer, Introduction To Your Laptop, Keyboard Mouse Skills Windows Basics, Windows Basics 2 , Windows Basics 3, Clean Up Your Computer Your Library Web Page, Setting Up an Email Account, G-mail Setting Up A Yahoo Email Account, Facebook Basics, Facebook for Your Business Twitter Basics, Blogging Basics, Yahoo Messenger, Smartphone App’s QR Codes for Business, Everything Google, Google's Documents Spotlight Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping, Job and Career Accelerator, Search Engines How to Search the Internet, Using Reference Sources, Nebraska Access Internet Privacy, Microsoft Word 1, Microsoft Word 2, Microsoft Word 3 Microsoft Excel 1, Microsoft Excel 2 , Microsoft Excel 3 How to Create a Newsletter, Microsoft Publisher 1, Microsoft Publisher 2 Microsoft Publisher 3,, E-book Readers , Learn Your Library Web Page Tech Thursday, PowerPoint 1 , PowerPoint 2
  69. 69. What does the future hold?       Cooking classes Film classes Genealogy classes Community Health workers Social Worker Adult, teens and young children’s computer areas
  70. 70. Dan Nieman, Odessa Meyer, David Mixdorf
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