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Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
Literacy Working Group
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  • 1. Results from the Literacy & Lifelong Working Group Consultations
  • 2. Outline
    • Introduction/ Background
    • Highlights and Progress
      • Library Examples
      • Discussion
    • Strategic Planning
      • Discussion
  • 3. Literacy & Lifelong Learning in Saskatchewan Public Libraries
    • Why?
      • Public Library System Strategic Plan action
    • What?
      • Define and develop a role for public libraries
    • Who?
      • Library staff, trustees and other organizations
    • How?
      • A flexible, developmental consultation process
  • 4. The working group: Planning
    • “ Consultation workshops”
      • Workshop
        • Education
      • Consultation
        • Input
      • Flexibility
        • Different Contexts
  • 5. The working group: Activities
    • 2 branch staff consultative workshops
    • 2 trustee consultative workshops
    • Exhibits at SUMA and SARM
    • Strategic Planning/Visioning
  • 6. Highlights
    • Parkland
      • Trustees;
    • Wheatland
      • Branch staff;
    • Southeast
      • Trustees & branch staff;
    • Saskatoon
      • Trustees, branch staff & community.
  • 7. Parkland Regional Library
    • Hosted the first consultation with the trustees on April 25, 2009 at their Annual General Meeting;
    • Provided information in advance about current library activities in literacy and learning;
    • Offered a presentation and a discussion around:
      • What could libraries do to help users develop their literacy skills and learn whatever they need to know?
      • What prevents libraries from doing this today?
      • How can libraries change to achieve this ideal?
  • 8. Discussion Summary
    • Literacy in the library puts a face to the value of our work;
    • Libraries should continue what they are already doing and look at ways to do it better;
    • Affirmation was offered on a role for public libraries in supporting literacy and lifelong learning;
    • Ideas for activities around literacy and promoting the value of the library emerged.
  • 9. Ideas: Programs & Services
    • Provide newborns with a baby pack of books;
    • Familiarize new immigrants with our community;
    • Offer reverse mentoring [ie. technology];
    • Offer movie nights or a film festival;
    • Provide information literacy services - online resources and for seniors;
    • Provide health literacy services – online, host experts, reading aides;
    • Offer tutoring for students;
    • Revive reading skills.
  • 10. Ideas: Attracting the “non-users”
    • Public advertising (ie. value of libraries ad on TV);
    • Articles in local papers about library programs and their impact;
    • Newsletters to people’s homes about importance of literacy with an invitation to the library;
    • Target areas around library – “how to” fliers (low cost if general mail);
    • Partner with business for rewards (coupons);
    • A library rewards card (ie. collect stamps for using library services and learning);
    • Tie in with licence.
  • 11. Barriers Identified
    • A more active approach to literacy and learning programming is hampered by:
      • The size of libraries/ the lack of space;
      • The lack of volunteers and/ or staff to coordinate and run programs.
  • 12. Wheatland Regional Library
    • Hosted a consultation with the community librarians on September 25, 2009 at the Fall librarian workshop;
    • Started with an icebreaker to get people’s creative juices flowing and conversation going;
    • Followed with a presentation on Literacy and Lifelong Learning.
  • 13. Celebrating Literacies in Libraries
    • Early Learning
    • School aged children
    • Teens
    • Adults
    • Seniors
    • New Immigrants
    • First Nations and Métis
    • Information Literacy (health, workplace)
  • 14. The Challenge
    • Participants were divided into seven groups and brainstormed a single question:
    • “ The year is 2014 …
    • what is your library known for
    • in Literacy and Lifelong Learning?”
  • 15. Some of the Brainstorming Results
    • The library will become more of a social centre in the community;
    • The library will be a place where strengthening bridges happens between generations;
    • The library will be building and maintaining partnerships with more community groups;
    • The library will be increasing readership, especially with children and teens;
    • The community will see the library as a place that always has something going on.
  • 16. Next steps
    • Community librarians are looking for ways to make partnerships with community groups to build a stronger, more literate community;
    • Community librarians have a willingness to try new programs (with teens and seniors in particular).
    • Headquarters staff will follow-up in six to eight months around any new initiatives that emerge;
    • Headquarters staff are pursuing training opportunities for community librarians and their partners.
  • 17.
    • Hosted its first consultation with the branch librarians at their branch workshop in September 2009;
    • Hosted a second consultation with the regional trustees at their fall meeting in October 2009;
    • Incorporated the outcomes of the first meeting with the branch librarians into the second meeting with the regional trustees.
    Southeast Regional Library
  • 18. The Discussions
    • Branch Librarians:
    • Its 2014 [5 years from now]…what is your library known for in Literacy and lifelong Learning?
    • What “one thing” will you do in your branch with the information you received?
    • Trustees:
    • What literacy efforts in your local library would you be prepared to ask council to fund?
  • 19. Outcomes
    • Participants engaged easily in discussions around literacy and lifelong learning;
    • Detailed lists of initiatives emerged that would:
      • meet community needs, and
      • fit the mission and mandate of the regional library.
  • 20. Next Steps
    • The outcomes of the two sessions were merged into one document;
    • In 2010, the document was presented to local boards, who were asked to select initiatives from that list they would like to pursue at their branch;
    • Boards are currently picking initiatives.
  • 21. Saskatoon Public Library
    • The Saskatoon Public Library consultation will be held on May 13, 2010;
    • Staff, managers and trustees from the library have been invited;
    • 21 representatives from community literacy agencies have been invited.
  • 22. The Question
    • What is the role of the Saskatoon Public Library in literacy and lifelong learning?
    • We hope that by asking for input from participants inside the library and from agencies external to the library, we’ll gain a community perspective on this question.
  • 23. Overall Outcomes: Support for…
    • An expanded view of literacy and lifelong learning;
    • Literacy and learning as central to the library mission;
    • Public libraries to be actively working on all types of literacy activities;
    • Library programming as important to our role in literacy and lifelong learning;
    • Libraries as community centres and as a welcoming space for all;
    • An active engagement with the community and patrons in shaping library programs and services;
    • A renewed sense of the value of libraries and library programming.
  • 24. Areas of potential change
    • Libraries might need more (or improved) space;
    • Library boards may need to reconsider policies;
    • Branches might need a new staff position at headquarters for literacy support;
    • Library systems might need to look at the funding implications.
  • 25. Discussion:
    • Where does this take us next?
  • 26. Strategic Planning
    • Full day of reflection on:
      • The outcomes of the consultations;
      • The library-literacy experience and knowledge each member brings;
      • The discussions with the wider community.
  • 27. A vision
      • Integrated, formalized structure
      • Province-wide leadership and coordination
      • Realistic, suitable accountability
      • Responsive community partnerships
      • Community-focused program
      • Equitable inclusive opportunities
      • Culturally diverse approach
      • United, bold advocates
  • 28. Discussion:
    • Focused conversation
      • What stands out for you?
      • Where did you notice yourself reacting strongly?
      • What are the implications?
      • What is one thing you can do in the next month to support a strengthened emphasis on literacy and lifelong learning?