Helping Homeschoolers in the Library, Part 2 (NEFLIN)

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  • Ask questions!
  • We’re going to go through a four-step process that will help you build a good relationship with your homeschooling community.
  • We did this in part one of the class. It’s so important to get some basic knowledge and vocabulary to help you understand the homeschoolers operating in your area and how to best serve them. It will also help you create balance in your services and collections.
  • We did this in part one of the class. It’s so important to get some basic knowledge and vocabulary to help you understand the homeschoolers operating in your area and how to best serve them. It will also help you create balance in your services and collections.
  • This is going to help you build programs and services that will actually work. Also letting the homeschooling community know that you’re interested in working with them will have results all itself.
  • Once you’ve got your library as set as it can be to welcome homeschoolers, it’s time to try some programming.
  • Once you’ve got your library as set as it can be to welcome homeschoolers, it’s time to try some programming.
  • Listen and respond to the needs and conditions in your community.
  • To TRY. They may not be the best ways to go for your community.
  • My point being that the materials WILL circulate unless the homeschoolers can’t find them. (See next slide.)
  • Keep everything you’ve learned in mind as you set out to build your collection and decide where/how to house it.
  • First decide: how are you going to house them?
  • First decide: how are you going to house them?
  • This is a community that’s always evolving and changing, so you’re going to want to go through this cycle again every so often to make sure you’re still meeting the needs you want to meet.
  • 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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