Outreach plays an important role in library service. A library exists to serve the needs of its community, be that schoolchildren or the public. Some members of the community know their library well and use it regularly, some members know the library exists, but has not made use of it to any extent, and some are oblivious to its existence. Outreach services either make or strengthen a library’s connection with the community, and take the library places it may have never been.
We know the importance of reaching YAs through quality and appealing materials, programming and services, of making some kind of connection with even one or two YAs, in achieving and building upon small successes. Seeing them bring in a friend is such a success. Hearing a new face mention they came to check out the place because they saw you at the local picnic, book fair, or in their classroom talking about the latest in graphic novels makes you realize just how important those efforts are.
In addition to nurturing relationships built with regulars, library staff must reach YAs who either have not used the library at all or are infrequent users.
This course will either introduce or serve as a review to basic components of YA outreach services.
In this course, you will learn:
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