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Collaboration between local government and local libraries


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Kathy Sexton
City Manager of Derby, KS
NEKLS Spring Assembly
April 21, 2011

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Collaboration between local government and local libraries

  1. 1. Collaboration between Local Government & Local Libraries Kathy Sexton, Derby City Manager NEKLS Spring Assembly April 21, 2011 ** Lawrence
  2. 2. Relationships Matter <ul><li>You and me </li></ul><ul><li>My story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Circle “Top 10 Towns for Families” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22,158 population; 18 th largest city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. News & World Report “50 Best Places to Retire” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who are you? </li></ul>
  3. 6. Build Relationships <ul><ul><li>Governing Body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City & Library staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Board, Friends, & volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools, parents, churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Naysayers, anti-taxers, coffee shop crowd </li></ul></ul>
  4. 7. Respect History <ul><ul><li>Our personal stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional memories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate successes; say “thank you” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate and inform </li></ul></ul>
  5. 8. Understand the Present <ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Competing demands (do more w/less) </li></ul><ul><li>Civic involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Technology explosion/TMI </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-public sector sentiments </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty of having civil conversations </li></ul><ul><li>More… </li></ul>
  6. 9. Establish Relevance <ul><ul><li>Library’s role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City’s mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of each individual </li></ul></ul>
  7. 10. Is the Library Relevant? <ul><li>Technology doesn’t replace a library, but it sure changes expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1996: 28% of libraries offered Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: Nearly 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect to City’s mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To create vibrant neighborhoods, nurture a strong business community, and preserve beautiful green spaces. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Citations <ul><ul><li>Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Released March 2010; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Information School, University of Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 large-scale study of people who use public library services </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. How Are You an Advocate? <ul><li>The Library matters because… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids, after-school activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs, workforce development, support startups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third place for adults </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People measure ROI differently </li></ul><ul><li>Why does your library matter? </li></ul>
  10. 13. How Are You an Advocate? <ul><li>The Library matters because… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>32% of U.S. population over 14 YOA visited the library in the past year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67% of internet users at public libraries received 1-on-1 help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>63% helped others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People measure value (ROI) differently </li></ul>
  11. 14. Why Does Your Library Matter? <ul><li>The Library matters because… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>40% users got help with employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>37% focused on health needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>42% got homework help/educational needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% made social connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your elevator speech? </li></ul>
  12. 15. Is Your Library Mission-Critical? <ul><ul><li>What is your City’s mission? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“… vibrant neighborhoods,…strong business community,…beautiful green spaces.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does your community value? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you articulate your library’s mission? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 16. Advocacy & Leadership <ul><li>Articulate the mission </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in the cause </li></ul><ul><li>Share the enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate good judgment in determining when to take action </li></ul>
  14. 17. How to Ensure your Library Makes the List <ul><li>Build relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to what the community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Respond </li></ul><ul><li>Tie into the City’s mission </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your story </li></ul>