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Kathy Sexton

Kathy Sexton
City Manager of Derby, KS
NEKLS Spring Assembly
April 21, 2011

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  • 1. Collaboration between Local Government & Local Libraries Kathy Sexton, Derby City Manager NEKLS Spring Assembly April 21, 2011 ** Lawrence
  • 2. Relationships Matter
    • You and me
    • My story
      • Family Circle “Top 10 Towns for Families”
      • 22,158 population; 18 th largest city
      • U.S. News & World Report “50 Best Places to Retire”
    • Who are you?
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  • 6. Build Relationships
      • Governing Body
      • City & Library staff
      • Library Board, Friends, & volunteers
      • Schools, parents, churches
      • Naysayers, anti-taxers, coffee shop crowd
  • 7. Respect History
      • Our personal stories
      • Institutional memories
      • Celebrate successes; say “thank you”
      • Educate and inform
  • 8. Understand the Present
    • Economy
    • Competing demands (do more w/less)
    • Civic involvement
    • Technology explosion/TMI
    • Anti-public sector sentiments
    • Difficulty of having civil conversations
    • More…
  • 9. Establish Relevance
      • Library’s role
      • City’s mission
      • Role of each individual
  • 10. Is the Library Relevant?
    • Technology doesn’t replace a library, but it sure changes expectations
      • 1996: 28% of libraries offered Internet
      • 2009: Nearly 100%
    • Connect to City’s mission
      • To create vibrant neighborhoods, nurture a strong business community, and preserve beautiful green spaces.
  • 11. Citations
      • Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries
      • Released March 2010; http://tascha.washington.edu/usimpact/OPP4ALL_FinalReport.pdf
      • The Information School, University of Washington
      • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
      • 2009 large-scale study of people who use public library services
  • 12. How Are You an Advocate?
    • The Library matters because…
      • Kids, after-school activities
      • Jobs, workforce development, support startups
      • Third place for adults
    • People measure ROI differently
    • Why does your library matter?
  • 13. How Are You an Advocate?
    • The Library matters because…
      • 32% of U.S. population over 14 YOA visited the library in the past year
      • 67% of internet users at public libraries received 1-on-1 help
      • 63% helped others
    • People measure value (ROI) differently
  • 14. Why Does Your Library Matter?
    • The Library matters because…
      • 40% users got help with employment
      • 37% focused on health needs
      • 42% got homework help/educational needs
      • 60% made social connections
    • What is your elevator speech?
  • 15. Is Your Library Mission-Critical?
      • What is your City’s mission?
        • “… vibrant neighborhoods,…strong business community,…beautiful green spaces.”
      • What does your community value?
      • Can you articulate your library’s mission?
  • 16. Advocacy & Leadership
    • Articulate the mission
    • Believe in the cause
    • Share the enthusiasm
    • Demonstrate good judgment in determining when to take action
  • 17. How to Ensure your Library Makes the List
    • Build relationships
    • Listen to what the community needs
    • Respond
    • Tie into the City’s mission
    • Tell your story
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