Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Putting the academic library on the community's radar

At the ACRL 12th National Conference last week, librarians from Kansas State University, Baylor University, and Gettysburg College talked about their successes in community outreach through hosting ALA Public Programs' Traveling Exhibitions in a panel session called "Academic Libraries Reap Benefits from Community Outreach." Maybe some of these programs will work for you too. Some things to keep in mind: be prepared to generate lots of children's programming, hype up the exhibits well in advance, and let community members take ownership of the events. Look at ALA's list of Current Public Programs for details. By all accounts, ALA is pretty good about supporting institutions that are awarded exhibitions and the new connections made in the community are valuable.

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