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Helping Homeschoolers in the Library, Part 2 (NEFLIN)

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Helping Homeschoolers in the Library, Part 2 (NEFLIN)

  1. 1. Helping Homeschoolers in the Library Part 2 Adrienne Furness adrienne.furness@gmail.com www.watat.com
  2. 2. Who am I?
  3. 3. Today’s Agenda • Policies and services • Programming • Collections
  4. 4. Reach Out Collections Welcome Programs
  5. 5. Reach Out
  6. 6. Learn about homeschooling.
  7. 7. Objective: Let them know you’re interested in serving them; find out what they need.
  8. 8. Talk to homeschoolers who use your library.
  9. 9. Connect with Support Groups • Do a presentation • Have an informal conversation • Survey • Tour
  10. 10. Welcome
  11. 11. Educate staff
  12. 12. Examine Policies and Procedures • Heaviest borrowers • Changes will have wider impact • Strong potential to increase circulation
  13. 13. What Homeschoolers Have to Say About How Libraries Can Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers… • • • • Space to meet Increase borrowing limits Extended loans Reduce fees (ILLs, holds, overdues) • “Teacher Cards”
  14. 14. Email for New Homeschoolers • State laws • Support group web sites • Homeschool Diner (homeschooldiner.com) • Other resources?
  15. 15. Programs
  16. 16. Why programs? • • • • Welcome homeschoolers Increase their investment Increase your knowledge Help homeschoolers be successful
  17. 17. Use Your Connections • WHO am I targeting? • WHAT do they want to learn? • WHERE should I have the program (inhouse vs. outreach)? • WHEN is the best time for homeschoolers? • WHY am I doing this? • HOW will I implement this program?
  18. 18. Use Your Connections • Target market things you’re already doing. • Recruit volunteers.
  19. 19. Focus on the Library
  20. 20. Homeschool Open House • Excellent program if you’re just starting out • Simple or elaborate • Showcase collections, databases, programs, and other services • Survey • Informally network
  21. 21. Other Programs to Consider • • • • Library skills Computer skills Book groups College/scholarship information
  22. 22. Even More Program Ideas • Pinterest:http://pinterest.com/search/bo ards/?q=homeschooling) • Library Success wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?titl e=Library_Services_for_Homeschoolers • Abby the Librarian blog: http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/search /label/homeschool
  23. 23. Tips • • • • • Wide age ranges/family programs Afternoons Partner with local organizations Recruit volunteers Focus on the library
  24. 24. Collections
  25. 25. Why start a special collection? • Fills a need • Materials can be hard to find • Used by more than homeschoolers (students, tutors, teachers, other families)
  26. 26. Use What You’ve Learned
  27. 27. Things to Consider • • • • Audience Needs Budget Size
  28. 28. Don’t Hide the Homeschooling Materials • • • • Separate collection Signage Spine labels Brochures, bookmarks, and fliers
  29. 29. Selecting Materials • Homeschooling materials not widely reviewed • Many are published by small presses or self-published • Some aren’t available through jobbers • Some have a blatantly religious slant • Almost all are biased in some way
  30. 30. Collection Development Resources • Homeschooling periodicals • Websites and blogs • Amazon.com • Books already in your collection • Patron recommendations
  31. 31. Looking for a Few Good Books? • Covers pictured in Parts 1 & 2 of this presentation. • 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy • For the Love of Literature by Maureen Wittmann • Core Knowledge Series by E.D. Hirsch
  32. 32. Curriculum Resources • World Book Typical Course of Study:www.worldbook.com/typical-course-ofstudy?wbredirect=1&Itemid=216 • Cathy Duffy Homeschool Curriculum Reviews: cathyduffyreviews.com
  33. 33. Curriculum Kits
  34. 34. Johnsburg Public Library District's Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)
  35. 35. Reach Out Collections Welcome Programs
  36. 36. Adrienne Furness adrienne.furness@gmail.com watat.com www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2353

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