The ARSL listserve is a great source of nationwide information and tips. In addition to job postings, continuing education information and diverse library topics, May’s postings included discussion to keep federal funding viable. Listserve topics are archived on the membership page of the ARSL website.
Summer reading program discussion included ways to promote SRP, such as school visits to deliver flyers advertising the summer’s event calendar, and a suggestion of including QR codes for registration. The inclusion of local daycares in the summer reading program sparked lots of suggestions, such as letting the daycares come to scheduled programs or making a separate SRP for the daycares to address space limitations. Changing days and times of programs in one library resulted in daycare children and their parents both coming to participate.
Other programming topics addressed hosting an art exhibit (all sales should be between artist and buyer, library might negotiate percentage of sale, consult artist on hanging their art, have a contract that outlines each party’s responsibility); advice on AV equipment for presentations and movies (size of screen, advantages of Smart TVs); experiences Skyping authors; success of online book clubs for kids; keeping Lego clean; and a query about adult/senior programming.
Lots of discussion on magazine collections: are they still popular, how long to keep back issues, to catalog or not, how to keep them from walking away, and using Zinio to augment print collections. A question was posed on fulfilling demands of audio users when the budget is limited. The topic of ensuring all items are checked in before shelving included suggestions of making the sure the barcode scanner is registering everything, put check-ins on a colored cart and move away from the front desk for check-in, make sure the cursor is in the entry box before scanning, and an observation that some patrons will shelve overdue books to avoid late fees.
Policy questions ranged from accepting debit cards (Square is good but has fees, govpaynet.net is free to libraries) to policies on flooding and for managing volunteers.
The listserve is a great member benefit and a convenient to share with and learn from one another.