There are 2 main aspects of children’s librarianship for which I advocate; the intelligent use of technology, and creative collaboration. Normally my efforts are concentrated around technology, but I’m doing a project which has really given me some great outreach ideas. I’m working with Lisa Guernsey, Karen Nemeth and Fran Simon on a webinar that focuses on Early Children Education/Library Partnerships to promote diversity, and my part of the project is showcasing successful programs. I sent out a call to my Eureka! Leadership listserv and the ALSC listserv, as well as posting on Little eLit. I’ve gotten such an awesome response from librarians about the cool things they are doing to reach out to their local ECE centres. I’m going to post one a week to share the wealth. They’ll all be posted on ECE/Library Collaborations.
As a creative way to continue offering programs despite working with a skeleton staff, we’ve been partnering with the local Choices for Children program. For the past 18 months we’ve provided monthly story & craft times and other children’s events in the Library. The result is that program attendance is up and costs are minimized. Our arrangement is that Choices for Children supplies the staff person and the Friends of the Library pays for supplies. Since both agencies serve the same rural population of little folks, this arrangement works very well.
Collaboration submitted by:
Alpine County Library & Archives