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Help! I’m a new outreach librarian!

  1. 1. HELP! I’M A NEW OUTREACH LIBRARIAN! Now what?
  2. 2. WELCOME! I’M SARAH HAMMERSHAIMB Librarian. Educator. Reader. Dreamer. Passionate about connecting people You can find me at: @s_hammershaimb s.hammershaimb@gmail.com Sarahhammershaimb.com
  3. 3. ABOUT ME
  4. 4. SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
  5. 5. AGENDA ○Introduction ○My experiences ○Resources and tips ○Questions ○Networking opportunity
  6. 6. IMAGINE OUTREACH What images come to mind when you think about outreach?
  7. 7. WHAT ABOUT THESE IMAGES? How might they represent outreach?
  8. 8. MY STORY
  9. 9. West Chicago Public Library District
  10. 10. REALITY ○Small library ○Small department ○Limited budget ○Must get creative!
  11. 11. THE WCPLD BOOKMOBILE
  12. 12. OUTREACH IN PRACTICE
  13. 13. FACILITY ONE Assisted Living Community
  14. 14. FACILITY TWO Long Term Mental Health Care
  15. 15. FACILITY THREE Senior Apartments
  16. 16. TIPS AND IDEAS
  17. 17. READ READ READ
  18. 18. Sources ○Online: Websites, Journals, Google topic ○ALA Toolkits ○Books ○Research Programs
  19. 19. Read
  20. 20. Read, Read
  21. 21. Read, Read, Read
  22. 22. Read, Read, Read, Read
  23. 23. Read, Read, Read, Read, Read
  24. 24. JOIN GROUPS Local and Not-so-Local
  25. 25. Ideas/Examples B’Long
  26. 26. Ideas/Examples LEARN
  27. 27. Ideas/Examples Rails:Dementia
  28. 28. Ideas/Examples Library OnConference
  29. 29. Ideas/Examples Virtually Connecting
  30. 30. LOOK INSIDE YOUR LIBRARY
  31. 31. Let’s get to know each other...
  32. 32. Additional Inspiration
  33. 33. ENGAGE THE NETWORK
  34. 34. Strategies ○Reach out to and learn from exemplars ○Follow people on Twitter ○Contact people doing this work that come across your path
  35. 35. TAKE RISKS
  36. 36. “There is freedom waiting for you On the breezes of the sky, And you ask, “What if I fail?” Oh, but my darling What if you fly? Hanson, Erin. “There is freedom waiting for you.” the poetic underground, http://thepoeticunderground.com/post/85456372695/there-is-freedom-waiting-for-you-on-the-breezes-of. Accessed on 14 October 2016.
  37. 37. Failure helps us grow
  38. 38. ANY QUESTIONS?
  39. 39. TIME FOR NETWORKING
  40. 40. Questions to ask each other Describe your library and outreach program Where do you find ideas for outreach? What has/hasn’t worked for your population? Visit https://goo.gl/a4DZBM to submit your contact info
  41. 41. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
  42. 42. Helpful Stuff ABOS IGARD RAILS Library Intro Presentation Example Reading and AV Survey Programming Interest Survey Slides and Networking Form
  43. 43. THANKS! More questions? You can contact me and find presentation resources at: @s_hammershaimb s.hammershaimb@gmail.com Sarahhammershaimb.com
  44. 44. CREDITS Special thanks to all the people who made these resources available: ○ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ○ Photographs by Photos for Class Much gratitude to my amazing and supportive co-workers at the West Chicago Public Library District, and those librarians everywhere who have aided me on my journey. Special thanks to Patrina Garza and Gabriel Cardenas who joined me on this adventure and shared their tremendous insight remotely.

Editor's Notes

  • Images that come to mind with outreach…Dinner Party, School, Book club, distribution, laughing friends. Also, storm-tossed waves, forest w/o a map, new language
  • Sometimes outreach can feel like being in a ship in the storm
  • I hope that our time together reassures you of the life preservers around you
  • Sometimes participating in outreach seems like a forest without a trail. I feel lost, not sure where to go, how to get there, who is with me, etc.
  • Hopefully our time together will give you some directions and tools to use when you feel lost
  • Sometimes outreach seems like you are in a different country - with different customs, people, languages, etc
  • I hope this time together will remind you that there are guidebooks out there, and there are ways to navigate these new situations and opportunities.
  • I’m going to share what I’ve learned with you, and look forward to hearing your experiences too!
  • Located in the town of West Chicago, Illinois, which is about 30 miles west of the city of Chicago. According to the Public Library Survey (2014 FY) just released by IMLS, we serve a population of 29, 924 (PLS 2014). 43% of our population have library cards. Our collection is 121,524 items. Our total circ is 243,397 items. We have 22.88 staff.
  • Maps, Lifelines, Ideas
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