NCompass Live: Summer Reading Programs: Who Chooses the Theme?


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The Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP) began in 1987 when ten Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children. It has grown to a consortium of 47 states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. Join Sally Snyder, the NLC's Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, and the current CSLP President, to learn all about how the CSLP works.

NCompass Live - April 1, 2009.

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  • Give a welcome and thank everyone for attending this afternoons session. Giving a brief history of CSLP.
  • NCompass Live: Summer Reading Programs: Who Chooses the Theme?

    1. 1. Summer Reading Programs: Who Chooses the Theme? NCompass Live – April 1, 2009
    2. 2. Collaborative Summer Library Program CSLP
    3. 3. Guiding Principal of CSLP <ul><li>Librarians sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Some Basics: <ul><li>Sally Snyder is your state representative to CSLP, she is also the current President of CSLP </li></ul><ul><li>Each participating state has one person designated as the “state representative” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Basics continued : <ul><li>Karen Drevo, Norfolk Public Library, is one of two children’s librarians representing Nebraska, she is also current Chair of the Vendor Committee. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Basics continued: <ul><li>Beth Trupp, Gering Public Library, is the second children’s librarian representing Nebraska, she currently serves on the Children’s Manual committee and the Adult Manual committee. </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Cooperative Summer Library Program Began in 1987 With 10 Minnesota Regional Library Systems.
    8. 8. North Dakota & South Dakota Joined 1990
    9. 9. 1995 Brought Iowa and the SELCO Minnesota Regional
    10. 10. 1997: Nebraska and Utah Thrills and Chills at the Library
    11. 11. 1999: Idaho and Kansas Treasure Your Library
    12. 12. Organization Name Change <ul><li>In 1999 Minnesota left CSLP </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa assumed administrative duties </li></ul><ul><li>Articles of Incorporation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative vs. Collaborative </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. 2000: Montana and Alaska Cosmic Connections @ Your Library!
    14. 14. 2001: Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin Reading Road Trip U.S.A.
    15. 15. 2002: Arkansas, Delaware, Palouse Area Library System Washington Join the Winner’s Circle – READ!
    16. 16. 2003: Maine and Missouri First year with a Teen Theme: “ HA!” Laugh It Up @ Your Library!
    17. 17. 2004: Commitments from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Wyoming, and Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois Library Systems, California Library Systems Discover New Trails @ your library Get Lost &
    18. 18. 2005: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana and Oklahoma
    19. 19. 2006: Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Pasco County Library System-Florida Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales Creature Feature
    20. 20. 2007 Alabama, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia Get a Clue @ your library YNK @ your library
    21. 21. 2008: Georgia, Maryland & D.C. METAMORPHOSIS @ your library Catch the Reading Bug
    22. 22. 2009: Louisiana & Tennessee Express Yourself @ your library Be Creative @ your library
    23. 23. CSLP Membership <ul><li>Alabama Public Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Arizona State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Arkansas State Library </li></ul><ul><li>California Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Delaware Division of Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>District of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Florida State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Public Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii State Public Library System </li></ul><ul><li>Idaho State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Library Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana State Library </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of Iowa </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Department of Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Maine State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota – Southeastern Libraries Cooperating/Southeast Library System (SELCO) </li></ul><ul><li>Mississippi Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Montana Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Nevada State Library </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey State Library </li></ul><ul><li>New Mexico State Library </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Library </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>North Dakota Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Oklahoma Department of Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina State Library </li></ul><ul><li>South Dakota State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Tennessee State Library </li></ul><ul><li>Utah State Library Division </li></ul><ul><li>The Library of Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Vermont Department of Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State Library </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Division of Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Wyoming State Library </li></ul>
    24. 24. CSLP Membership <ul><li>Not Yet Members: </li></ul><ul><li>New Hampshire State Library – joining in 2010! </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Texas State Library </li></ul>
    25. 25. Why is Nebraska a member? <ul><li>More for your $ than doing it as a single state ( huge bargain!) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional artwork by well-known illustrators </li></ul><ul><li>Know themes 2 years in advance – can start buying items in preparation (as you run across them) </li></ul>
    26. 26. More That We Gain: <ul><li>Timeline is great – get manuals in October </li></ul><ul><li>Professional connections with librarians from all over the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Good way to start offering SRP to teens if you haven’t before – everything you need to get started </li></ul>
    27. 27. What Did We Lose? <ul><li>“ Collaborative” means give & take – you will gain so much but also lose some </li></ul><ul><li>There are 47 state (or parts of states) members, all gave up something – local control </li></ul><ul><li>The benefits far outweigh the loss </li></ul>
    28. 28. CSLP Business <ul><li>Membership open to state, regional or county library organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Two-year minimum commitment </li></ul><ul><li>One and only business: the Summer Reading Program </li></ul><ul><li>Determine program theme </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions with the vendor </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of proposed artwork </li></ul>
    29. 29. CSLP Business <ul><li>Evaluation of proposed reading incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Request ideas from community librarians for the various manuals (children, teen, adult) </li></ul><ul><li>Request slogan and concept ideas from community librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Review the draft of the manual chapters </li></ul>
    30. 30. CSLP conducts business at its Annual Meeting <ul><li>Dues $65 base plus $2 per public library in the state </li></ul><ul><li>3 votes per state </li></ul><ul><li>Vote on the top 5 suggestions for slogan for 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Vote on the top 5 suggestions for the concept for 2012 </li></ul>
    31. 31. More CSLP business at its Annual Meeting <ul><li>Vote on slate of officers, any Bylaw changes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Reports from Committee Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion with the Vendor, including ideas for incentives for the next year </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of other topics or issues brought up by the membership </li></ul>
    32. 32. CSLP conducts business at Board Meetings <ul><li>Board meetings usually are conference calls to keep the organization moving ahead, they are held bimonthly </li></ul><ul><li>Each Committee Chair sends a report to the Board prior to each meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Committee Chairs ask for items to be put on the agenda, as needed </li></ul>
    33. 33. CSLP conducts business at Committee Meetings <ul><li>Committee meetings are conference calls to discuss issues and make decisions, they are held as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Committee business is usually conducted via email. </li></ul>
    34. 34. Committees – <ul><li>Children’s Manual Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Manual Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Manual Committee (ad hoc) </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Membership Committee </li></ul>
    35. 35. Committees – <ul><li>Diversity Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Web Site Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing & PR Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Budget & Finance Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Long Range Plan Committee (ad hoc) </li></ul>
    36. 36. Your Participation <ul><li>February – send in ideas for the slogan & ideas for the next year’s topic or concept </li></ul><ul><li>March/April – vote on the submitted slogan suggestions & the submitted concept ideas </li></ul>
    37. 37. Your Participation <ul><li>Any time of year – let me know of ideas or concerns you have </li></ul><ul><li>A limited number of NE children’s or teen librarians may be committee members without going to the Annual Meeting. </li></ul>
    38. 38. Time Table April Annual Conference June Submit bulk state manual order for following program year September or October Manuals and incentive forms shipped Late November Begin to order incentives from vendor March Incentives begin to ship from vendor
    39. 39. CSLP Website <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Manual links and overview </li></ul><ul><li>CSLP by-laws </li></ul><ul><li>On-line order form </li></ul><ul><li>Rules of Use </li></ul>
    40. 41. CSLP Themes <ul><li>2001 – Reading Road Trip USA </li></ul><ul><li>2002 – Join the Winner’s Circle – READ! </li></ul><ul><li>2003 – Laugh It Up @ Your Library </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – Discover New Trails @ Your Library </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – Dragons Dreams and Daring Deeds </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales </li></ul><ul><li>2007 – Get a Clue @ Your Library </li></ul><ul><li>2008 – Catch the Reading Bug </li></ul>
    41. 42. Upcoming Themes <ul><li>2009 – Be Creative @ your library </li></ul><ul><li> Express Yourself @ your library </li></ul><ul><li>2010 – Make a Splash – READ! </li></ul><ul><li>Make Waves at Your Library – READ </li></ul><ul><li>2011 – The general concept for 2011 is </li></ul><ul><li>World Culture and Travel </li></ul>
    42. 43. Thank You!