Andrea Vaughn and Katie Odell talked about their SRC successes and their intense collaboration with their schools.
I took a ton of notes that I'll be speaking with the AIU about this summer to think about for SRC 2012. As well, the 2012 SRC Planning Team will have their work cut out for them with even more advancements to be made to get even more kids involved from Allegheny County!
The 3 big library systems in Brooklyn (Queens, NY Public and Brooklyn) all combine forces in the summer to get kids reading. One way they do this is by creating a game that kids complete for prizes. Here are screen shots of the front and back:
They have one for teens and adults too!
Kids also compete for virtual badges (kind of like girl scout and boy scout badges) for completing particular tasks that, according to Andrea, got very competitive! Every location was provided the code to create a virtual badge so they could be tailored to that branch's particular program.
The whole day was structured so well with simultaneous sessions where you could choose what you were most interested in (would ya'll like that kind of setup in our SRC training?) During the breaks they had polls that people answered:
Ann Patchett's new book and that I liked to read in bed!)
They also shared books the presenters themselves were reading:
Diane Ackerman was interviewed (she's one of my favorites so I was swooning over my sandwich!
In the afternoon, Michael Porter (LibraryMan) presented "Can You Library Provide the Electronic Content People Want and Need." This is where librarians all over the country were sitting in silence, shocked. It's scary thinking about how much content-delivery is changing. Like, this is what a big portion of our community is thinking:
Not always easy for libraries at the moment.
And with even DVDs eventually going away (yep!) we have to do some serious rethinking of our collections:
I don't watch as many DVDs myself. Instead I'm watching videos/movies/TV shows streaming (through Netflix and Hulu mostly) and there are so many other ways out there to do this:
But Michael provides a refreshing, encouraging point of view:
He always comes back to that equation: Libraries = content + community. Which brings me to one of the last sessions:
Where librarians discussed some strange and interesting collections and services that have revitalized their libraries. One location has a library dog who is used for all kinds of programs and services (not just for Read to Rover) and a circulating toy collection (wow!)
It was a day-well-spent in front of the computer! Here's a shot of my desk and a few of my colleagues: