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Managing the Maze - Part 1


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The world of social services can be a bewildering maze for the vulnerable populations it seeks to serve – ex-offenders, returning veterans, the homeless, immigrants, and people with disabilities. With a community resource guide, public libraries become local information clearinghouses. Make a difference in your community! Using a real-life model, learn how to compile, print, and distribute a highly accessible resource that points toward housing, jobs, education, medical help, transportation…and even the library!

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Managing the Maze - Part 1

  1. 1. Managing the Maze:<br />Creating a Community Resource Guide for Ex-Offenders<br />and Other At-Risk Populations<br />PART 1 of 3<br />Melanie Colletti<br />Librarian <br />Community Technology Center, Denver Public Library<br />Erica MacCreaigh<br />Correctional Libraries Senior Consultant<br />Colorado State Library, Department of Education<br />
  2. 2. Managing the Maze: Learning objectives<br /><ul><li> Knowledge of how restorative librarianship contributes to community building and problem solving
  3. 3. Knowledge of how to compile content for a community resource guide
  4. 4. Knowledge of how to format, print, and distribute a community resource guide</li></li></ul><li>“Restorative Librarianship”<br />
  5. 5. Project Concept<br />
  6. 6. Managing the Manpower<br />
  7. 7. Working with Students<br />Find a student who is:<br /><ul><li>Outgoing
  8. 8. Organized
  9. 9. Communicates well in person and in print</li></ul>A mutually beneficial relationship!<br />
  10. 10. First Things First: Project Plan<br />Who is your target audience?<br />What geographic area will you focus on?<br />Where will your funding come from?<br />How will you present the information?<br />When will project milestones be completed?<br />
  11. 11. First Things First: Project Plan<br />What skills/expertise does the project require?<br /><ul><li>Project coordination
  12. 12. Research
  13. 13. People-personality
  14. 14. Detail-oriented
  15. 15. Design
  16. 16. Printer/publisher liaison
  17. 17. Web design/content</li></ul>Who will be involved?<br />MLIS students?<br />Partners?<br />Project manager?<br />
  18. 18. Timelines & Time<br />Be flexible!<br />Keep things on track<br />Keep stakeholders & interested parties informed<br />
  19. 19. How much time?<br /><ul><li>25 hours – background research and required reading
  20. 20. 12 hours – drive time and tours correctional facilites
  21. 21. 45 hours – visit and select agencies
  22. 22. 10 hours – write content
  23. 23. 8 hours – format a template and arrange content</li></li></ul><li>Managing the Maze:<br />Creating a Community Resource Guide for Ex-Offenders<br />and Other At-Risk Populations<br />Continued in Part 2 of 3<br />Melanie Colletti<br /><br />Erica MacCreaigh<br /><br />