If You Didn’T Work Here, Would You Visit Presentation
Hosted by the 2009 Emerging Leaders, Group C: Amanda Brewer Kristen Kirk Portia Latalladi Sandra Sajonas Manya Shorr Outreach and programming to patrons in their 20s & 30s
Mel Gooch joined the Brooklyn Public Library in 2002 as an Adult Services Librarian and now supervises adult services in six branches. She received her MLS from Rutgers University in 2002. At BPL Mel has been selected for the library’s Leadership Forum, Reference Resources Advisory Committee, and Everyone Serves Seniors Training. Mel was also part of a team that initiated BPL’s first staff unconference. In the neighborhoods she had served she has introduced new programs to reach adult patrons including Book Swaps, Guitar Hero for Adults, and a Book Club that meets at a neighborhood bar. Once a former bank CEO, Crosby Kemper III is now the executive director of the Kansas City Public Library system. In 2008, under his guidance, KCPL was awarded with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
<ul><li>Portia Latalladi is the assistant branch manager and the youth librarian at the Chicago Public Library’s Garfield Ridge Branch. Portia has been aptly dubbed the “Programming Queen”, by her peers and is always on the look out for new ways to expand library services to unreached groups. She enjoys planning low tech, low budget library events for adults, such as the recent hit "Girls' Night Out at the Library". </li></ul>Jennifer May , proud Reference Librarian with Multnomah County Library, helped found the Zine Library Group which boasts a catalogued and circulating zine collection, countless cool and well-attended programs, and outreach that includes Polaroids and a Giant Library Card. She partnered Portland’s theater scene with the library to bring drama into more people’s lives, and does her best to startle colleagues with her clothing and hair choices.
<ul><li>Amanda Brewer is a reference librarian at the Beaufort Branch Library in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. In addition to scheduled hours staffing the reference desk and teaching computer classes she schedules events for adults living in the coastal community. </li></ul>
Kristen Kirk manages an urban youth services department in the Ocean County Library system. Active in New Jersey’s Children's Services committees, her focus in 2010 is making new partnerships and increasing low budget, high impact programming. She has served children and teens at OCL, but is particularly concerned about this issue because she is one of the patrons we’re discussing. Sandra Sajonas is a Young Adult Literacy Librarian working on a pilot program to improve the literacy and job readiness of “disconnected youth” in New York City. She received her MSLIS at Pratt Institute in New York City. Sandra was a member of ALA’s Class of 2009 Emerging Leaders Program as well as PLA's 2010 national conference program sub-committee. Her professional interest include unconferences, usability, young adult literature and services, literacy, pre-GED services, emerging technology, web 2.0 and community outreach.
Twenge, Jean. Generation Me . New York: Free Press, 2006. pg. 24.
Virtual Conference <ul><li>Poll Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What was the age range of those who attended the last program you hosted or outreach event you tabled at? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ancient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Babies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chat Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What does your library do now to reach out to young professionals? </li></ul><ul><li>What successful programs have you done for this audience? </li></ul>