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in Librarians Build Communities
Here is a write-up of a LBC event held in Helena, Montana yesterday afternoon. No event is too small to showcase the ways in which Librarians Build Communities.
Librarians Build Communities-Helena, Montana
During the 2014 Montana State Library sponsored Fall Workshops held September 28th and 29th a small group of librarians took a workshop on what to weed, how to weed and what type of policy should be in place to fit the needs of individual libraries. As a perk of this workshop the Lewis and Clark Public Library in Helena asked the class to visit the library and help weed the 900 section. After a brief explanation of how the Lewis and Clark Library decides on what to deaccession the class was given a list of 35 pages of material to take off of the shelves. The group was also given range to use the MUSTIE criteria to weed books for possible deaccession.
The group of 21 librarians devoured the list and within less than an hour the 35 pages were complete and the 900 section looked much better. Because Lewis and Clark’s weeding policy states that books that haven’t circulated within the past two years are targets for deaccession there were few books that met the MUSTIE criteria and only a few books were taken out for review by the collections librarian. Five carts of books were taken from the shelves and will now be deleted from both the Lewis and Clark Library catalog and the OCLC catalog before moving on to the public giveaway cart.
Karla Ritten, the Collections Management Librarian said that the 45 minutes given by the workshop group cut down the time it would take to do the work within the Lewis and Clark Library down by about a month. There is still work to do with the books weeded from the shelves but the partnership between the workshop librarians and the Lewis and Clark Library was mutually beneficial. Karla took me through several sections in the stacks and explained how they are constantly working to keep the collection healthy and accessible to patrons and that there is always room for weeding.
The exercise was not originally billed as a LBC event, but both groups agreed that highlighting the efforts to grow as librarians while helping Lewis and Clark Library was a great example of Librarians Building Communities. Thanks go out to the Montana State Library, workshop instructor Lauren McMullen, Lewis and Clark Library, Karla Ritten, as well as the twenty one librarians who participated in the event.
in Librarians Build Communities
As you plan your next annual conference, remember Librarians Build Communities, now an ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), has several resources ready to help your association plan a volunteer event for your attendees:
- Complete LBC toolkit (.pdf)
- Customizable LBC flyer (.doc)
- LBC Press Release (.doc)
- Sample Letter to Organizations (.doc)
If you’re unfamiliar with Librarians Build Communities, this is the LBC pamphlet distributed at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference (PDF).
Enjoy a lovely week!
in ASCLA Awards Committee (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)
in AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)
I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?
in The American Dream Starts @ your library
Attention American Dream Libraries!
Monday, October 13 is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative, as part of the fourth round of funding.
To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library, or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. Each funded library will receive a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Libraries from previous rounds of the project are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding with a limit of two consecutive years of funding. Once a library receives two consecutive years of funding, the library may apply again after a one-year hiatus.
Applications for funding are being accepted online through October 13, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified in early November 2014. To learn more about the American Dream Starts @ your library® and/or apply, please visit www.ala.org/americandream.
To learn more about the applications, please call Zina Clark at (312) 280-4297.