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Literacy Working Group

  1. 1. Results from the Literacy & Lifelong Working Group Consultations
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Introduction/ Background </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights and Progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Literacy & Lifelong Learning in Saskatchewan Public Libraries <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Library System Strategic Plan action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define and develop a role for public libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library staff, trustees and other organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A flexible, developmental consultation process </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The working group: Planning <ul><li>“ Consultation workshops” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Input </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different Contexts </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The working group: Activities <ul><li>2 branch staff consultative workshops </li></ul><ul><li>2 trustee consultative workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits at SUMA and SARM </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning/Visioning </li></ul>
  6. 6. Highlights <ul><li>Parkland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trustees; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wheatland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Branch staff; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Southeast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trustees & branch staff; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Saskatoon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trustees, branch staff & community. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Parkland Regional Library <ul><li>Hosted the first consultation with the trustees on April 25, 2009 at their Annual General Meeting; </li></ul><ul><li>Provided information in advance about current library activities in literacy and learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Offered a presentation and a discussion around: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What could libraries do to help users develop their literacy skills and learn whatever they need to know? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What prevents libraries from doing this today? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can libraries change to achieve this ideal? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Discussion Summary <ul><li>Literacy in the library puts a face to the value of our work; </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries should continue what they are already doing and look at ways to do it better; </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation was offered on a role for public libraries in supporting literacy and lifelong learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for activities around literacy and promoting the value of the library emerged. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ideas: Programs & Services <ul><li>Provide newborns with a baby pack of books; </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize new immigrants with our community; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer reverse mentoring [ie. technology]; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer movie nights or a film festival; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information literacy services - online resources and for seniors; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide health literacy services – online, host experts, reading aides; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer tutoring for students; </li></ul><ul><li>Revive reading skills. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ideas: Attracting the “non-users” <ul><li>Public advertising (ie. value of libraries ad on TV); </li></ul><ul><li>Articles in local papers about library programs and their impact; </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters to people’s homes about importance of literacy with an invitation to the library; </li></ul><ul><li>Target areas around library – “how to” fliers (low cost if general mail); </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with business for rewards (coupons); </li></ul><ul><li>A library rewards card (ie. collect stamps for using library services and learning); </li></ul><ul><li>Tie in with licence. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Barriers Identified <ul><li>A more active approach to literacy and learning programming is hampered by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The size of libraries/ the lack of space; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The lack of volunteers and/ or staff to coordinate and run programs. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Wheatland Regional Library <ul><li>Hosted a consultation with the community librarians on September 25, 2009 at the Fall librarian workshop; </li></ul><ul><li>Started with an icebreaker to get people’s creative juices flowing and conversation going; </li></ul><ul><li>Followed with a presentation on Literacy and Lifelong Learning. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Celebrating Literacies in Libraries <ul><li>Early Learning </li></ul><ul><li>School aged children </li></ul><ul><li>Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors </li></ul><ul><li>New Immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>First Nations and Métis </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy (health, workplace) </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Challenge <ul><li>Participants were divided into seven groups and brainstormed a single question: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The year is 2014 … </li></ul><ul><li>what is your library known for </li></ul><ul><li>in Literacy and Lifelong Learning?” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some of the Brainstorming Results <ul><li>The library will become more of a social centre in the community; </li></ul><ul><li>The library will be a place where strengthening bridges happens between generations; </li></ul><ul><li>The library will be building and maintaining partnerships with more community groups; </li></ul><ul><li>The library will be increasing readership, especially with children and teens; </li></ul><ul><li>The community will see the library as a place that always has something going on. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Next steps <ul><li>Community librarians are looking for ways to make partnerships with community groups to build a stronger, more literate community; </li></ul><ul><li>Community librarians have a willingness to try new programs (with teens and seniors in particular). </li></ul><ul><li>Headquarters staff will follow-up in six to eight months around any new initiatives that emerge; </li></ul><ul><li>Headquarters staff are pursuing training opportunities for community librarians and their partners. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Hosted its first consultation with the branch librarians at their branch workshop in September 2009; </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted a second consultation with the regional trustees at their fall meeting in October 2009; </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated the outcomes of the first meeting with the branch librarians into the second meeting with the regional trustees. </li></ul>Southeast Regional Library
  18. 18. The Discussions <ul><li>Branch Librarians: </li></ul><ul><li>Its 2014 [5 years from now]…what is your library known for in Literacy and lifelong Learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What “one thing” will you do in your branch with the information you received? </li></ul><ul><li>Trustees: </li></ul><ul><li>What literacy efforts in your local library would you be prepared to ask council to fund? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Outcomes <ul><li>Participants engaged easily in discussions around literacy and lifelong learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed lists of initiatives emerged that would: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>meet community needs, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fit the mission and mandate of the regional library. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Next Steps <ul><li>The outcomes of the two sessions were merged into one document; </li></ul><ul><li>In 2010, the document was presented to local boards, who were asked to select initiatives from that list they would like to pursue at their branch; </li></ul><ul><li>Boards are currently picking initiatives. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Saskatoon Public Library <ul><li>The Saskatoon Public Library consultation will be held on May 13, 2010; </li></ul><ul><li>Staff, managers and trustees from the library have been invited; </li></ul><ul><li>21 representatives from community literacy agencies have been invited. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Question <ul><li>What is the role of the Saskatoon Public Library in literacy and lifelong learning? </li></ul><ul><li>We hope that by asking for input from participants inside the library and from agencies external to the library, we’ll gain a community perspective on this question. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Overall Outcomes: Support for… <ul><li>An expanded view of literacy and lifelong learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy and learning as central to the library mission; </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries to be actively working on all types of literacy activities; </li></ul><ul><li>Library programming as important to our role in literacy and lifelong learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries as community centres and as a welcoming space for all; </li></ul><ul><li>An active engagement with the community and patrons in shaping library programs and services; </li></ul><ul><li>A renewed sense of the value of libraries and library programming. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Areas of potential change <ul><li>Libraries might need more (or improved) space; </li></ul><ul><li>Library boards may need to reconsider policies; </li></ul><ul><li>Branches might need a new staff position at headquarters for literacy support; </li></ul><ul><li>Library systems might need to look at the funding implications. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Discussion: <ul><li>Where does this take us next? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Strategic Planning <ul><li>Full day of reflection on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The outcomes of the consultations; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library-literacy experience and knowledge each member brings; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The discussions with the wider community. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. A vision <ul><ul><li>Integrated, formalized structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Province-wide leadership and coordination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic, suitable accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive community partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community-focused program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equitable inclusive opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culturally diverse approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United, bold advocates </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Discussion: <ul><li>Focused conversation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What stands out for you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where did you notice yourself reacting strongly? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the implications? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is one thing you can do in the next month to support a strengthened emphasis on literacy and lifelong learning? </li></ul></ul>