Spring Luncheon and Membership Meeting


Congratulations to our Library Journal Star Libraries!

Library Journal's annual Star Libraries Report is out and we're very proud of our Supporting Member Libraries who received three, four and five star ratings. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County went from four to five stars; Kenton County Public Library which is the first library in Kentucky to receive a star rating and they do it with a four star; Dayton Metro Library comes in at a three star. Kim Fender the Director of The Public Library of Cincinnati attributes their improvement to taking a different approach with their strategic plan, one that involved inputs from staff and the public resulting in specific changes to collection development (patron data-driven), adding no fine cards for teens and children that also need no parental permissions and increased digital content.  For the full story: LJ Index 2013
"Beyond the Stars" describes how all public libraries can use the dataset provided to help improve their services, no matter their size or situation. The authors, Keith Curry Lance and Ray Lyons, explain that while no data set is perfect, there are useful questions a director may ask of himself regarding where his/her library system ranks and what are the variables that affect that ranking.  Further, the authors suggest contacting your colleagues at libraries with higher rankings in certain areas to find out how they're achieving those numbers. Librarians are by nature sharing types.  I'm sure that your colleague will be happy to help.

~ Melanie

Encouraging Creativity, It Works on Any Level

As described on The Library as Incubator Project, Oak Park Public Library created an amazing opportunity for local artists to create art based on a literary work or author. You can read more about it here: The Library as Incubator Project Oct. 30th. The results were inspiring and truly excellent.  I imagine that any kind of library could follow a similar 'formula' for their patrons whether they're children, teens, students or adults. 
Nathan, here at SWON, guides a program where writers create poems from an image.  Why not create images or sculptures from words? Inspiring creativity is not difficult.  It just needs space, time and a good welcome. We can do that, right?

~ Melanie

"Memories in the Museum" an Example of Creative Collaboration

Image of attendees at the Cincinnati Museum of ArtDesigned especially for visitors with memory loss and their guests, Memories in the Museum is a new program developed in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Taft Museum of Art.
On the first Wednesday of every month, participants join trained docents at one of the partner institutions to look at art, discuss observations and share memories.  (A hands-on activity will be included at the Contemporary Arts Center.)
Each season features a new theme. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served beginning at 10:00 a.m. Programs conclude by 11:30 a.m.

Free. Reservations required. For reservations please contact the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati at 800-272-3900.

A great idea, especially for those in the early to mid stages of the disease. Kudos to the Alzheimer's Association and our great museums!

~ Melanie

"November 1-30 | The World Needs Your Novel"

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month! Don't worry. It you're reading this, it's probably still November and you have the whole month. Seriously. In graduate school, one of my teaching assistants, (who was giving the lesson on "How to Write for Graduate School When You Haven't Done Homework in 20 Years") wrote a novel in 30 days. She shared her experiences with us and what I remember, aside from how difficult it was, was that it was doable and that many, many people do it. I've lost her name along the way, but I remember her lessons with gratitude because they helped me write better and understand that we're never 'finished' in this way or really in any other. You can go to the website: National Novel Writing Month and get help, register, follow the blog or twitter feed and meet/interact with fellow writers. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month. ~Melanie

The Library: Where you can be a newbie.

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, spoke at the Internet Librarian conference yesterday. I wasn’t there, but I read the lively commentary and recaps people posted to Twitter with the conference’s #IL2013 hash tag.

Pew polls the general public–library and non-library users–so their results paint a picture libraries might not otherwise see. Though you can’t hear his talk, you can see his slides and read the complete report from January: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/library-services/

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