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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?