All Together Now: Keynote for NJLA Adult Services Forum 2010

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All Together Now: Keynote for NJLA Adult Services Forum 2010

  1. 1. NJLA Adult Services Forum All Together Now: Celebrating Collaboration Among Libraries and Communities Peter Bromberg, Assistant Director, Princeton Public Library peterbromberg@gmail.com | peterbromberg.com CC 2.0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumaxart/2137737248/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  2. 2. Why Are We Here Today?
  3. 3. Why Are We Here Today?
  4. 4. Here
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  12. 12. Why Are We Here Today?
  13. 13. Today
  14. 14. Today
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  16. 16. Today
  17. 17. Why Are We Here Today?
  18. 18. Why Are We Here Today?
  19. 19. David: Too much, there's too much f*#%ing perspective now. Nigel: It really puts perspective on things, though, doesn't it?
  20. 20. Why Are We Here Today?
  21. 21. • Reference • Reader’s Advisory • Archives/Preservation • Collection Dev. • Employment Assist. • Ref By Appointment • Business Counseling • Broadband Access • Meeting Space • Citizenship Classes What are Adult Services? • Poetry, Music, FIlm • Multimedia • Digital Content • Training • Outreach • Community Building • Emerging Technologies (tech assist by appoint?) • Gaming • Reasonable Policies
  22. 22. What are Adult Services? http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA04/ranger/astor_collection/laundrylist.html
  23. 23. Coherent Strategy 1. Engage in the library 2. Get out of the library 3. Demonstrate value 4. Partner, Partner, Partner
  24. 24. Coherent Strategy 1. Engage in the library
  25. 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/princetonpubliclibrary/sets/72157624352026487/
  26. 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/princetonpubliclibrary/4755242266/in/set-72157624352026487/
  27. 27. Slide courtesy of Janie Hermann, Princeton Public Library.
  28. 28. “There are many rich virtual communities. But it remains the truth that human beings are wired for physical community. The library has a role to play as neutral and common ground, public space in which free inquiry, lifelong learning, and simply hanging out with each other are not just allowed, but encouraged.” - Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County (CO) Library
  29. 29. “Innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives. It comes from creating environments where ideas can connect.” - Steven Johnson, Author of “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
  30. 30. Coherent Strategy 2. Get out of the library CC 2.0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/2212546989/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  31. 31. Coherent Strategy 3. Demonstrate Value http://headrush.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/06/buythis.jpg
  32. 32. “Books and materials are secondary in a public library. The most important aspect is the human interaction. The library experience cannot be viewed as just an information transaction, but rather as an opportunity to touch and connect lives.” - Cheryl Napsha, Director, Westland Public Library
  33. 33. Coherent Strategy 4. Partner, Partner, Partner
  34. 34. “The most important element of a sustainable library is engagement with the community at multiple levels.” - Christopher Jowaisis, Texas State Library
  35. 35. All Together Now
  36. 36. Thank you! Peter Bromberg, Assistant Director, Princeton Public Library peterbromberg@gmail.com | peterbromberg.com CC 2.0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumaxart/2137737248/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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