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The Modern Book Discussion

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Presented by Leah White and Amita Lonial at the On the Front Lines conference, 2014

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The Modern Book Discussion

  1. 1. The Modern Book Discussion creating partnerships in your community
  2. 2. Who We Are Leah White Head, Popular Materials Ela Area Library District @leahlibrarian Amita Lonial Learning Experiences Manager Skokie Public Library alonial@skokielibrary.info
  3. 3. Who We Are Not
  4. 4. The Plan ● Making the pitch ● Scouting locations ● Marketing & branding ● Facilitation & execution ● Beyond book clubs ● Q&A
  5. 5. Making the Pitch getting stuff done
  6. 6. Books on Tap
  7. 7. Grampa Simpson hates your idea.
  8. 8. Relentless Enthusiasm
  9. 9. The importance of positivity
  10. 10. Step 1 - Research
  11. 11. Step 2 - Write it down ● Start jotting down ideas ● Possible meeting locations ● Possible names ● Demographic info http://goo.gl/vaX60W
  12. 12. Step 3 - Find your allies
  13. 13. Step 4 - Start talking
  14. 14. Step 5 - Diffuse anxiety
  15. 15. Step 6 - Take action
  16. 16. Proposal Writing ● Mission statement or purpose ● Stakeholders and target demographics ● Plan of action ● Timeline ● Associated costs (including staff time) ● Evaluation criteria
  17. 17. My proposal outline ● Purpose ● Target demographics ● Location ● Branding/Advertising/Budgeting ● Book selection
  18. 18. Purpose
  19. 19. Purpose ● Provide programming for an underserved group ● Attract new patrons and card-holders ● Update/modernize image of library with taxpayers
  20. 20. On wording
  21. 21. Scouting Locations Let the planning begin!
  22. 22. Where in the world?
  23. 23. Research
  24. 24. The best part
  25. 25. Meet with the management
  26. 26. Work out the kinks June: LL vs. NBA finals
  27. 27. Marketing & Branding if you build it they will come
  28. 28. Buzzwords are boring
  29. 29. The Absolutely True Story of Lit Lounge
  30. 30. Failure...errr...learning opportunities!
  31. 31. Turn the beat around!
  32. 32. Partnerships
  33. 33. Promoting and merchandising
  34. 34. ATTITUDE
  35. 35. Facilitation & Execution Different how?
  36. 36. Be loud, adaptable, sociable, open, considerate, positively persistent. http://goo.gl/vaX60W
  37. 37. Mix It Up
  38. 38. Open It Up
  39. 39. Beyond Book Clubs And now for something slightly different...
  40. 40. Appy Hour
  41. 41. Senior Center Book Talks
  42. 42. Pages
  43. 43. Trivia Night At The Bringer Inn
  44. 44. Trivia Night Winners!
  45. 45. Any questions? thank you!

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