The ARSL listserv shares the gift of knowledge and experience between members. From programs to policies, collections to advocacy, PD and scholarships to job opportunities, listserv activity was brisk in April.
Lots of discussion around library programming: program ideas for young adults to prepare them for living away from home, such as Adulting 101; a grant recipient looking for suggestions on purchases for STEAM programs; as well as questions about serving adult beverages, and organizing a Library Hop to visit other branches or libraries.
Library collections discussion focused on paperbacks: how they are catalogued and processed; whether they are shelved separately or interfiled; and how to track statistics on uncatalogued paperbacks. Also a request for advice on downloadable audio book vendors and a question about lending wi-fi hot spots.
Policy discussion was active on the topic of fines: Food for Fines, using collection agencies, and restricting services such as checkouts and computer use. Dress code was another hot topic, including appropriate dress, tattoos, body piercings, and hair color. Managing staff absences in a single staff library was also discussed.
Conversation about advocacy included ideas to improve advocacy skills and the importance of using both personal stories and data appropriate for and of interest to the audience.
The ARSL listserv is a popular member benefit. In addition to library management topics, you’ll find job postings and continuing education opportunities. Members can access the archive here: https://arsl.info/faqs/