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Final Documents




Planning Resources

Planning & Assessment

  • SOLVE Planning Model - Solutions To Your Planning Obstacles
  • Planning for Results - Facilitator Information (Upper Hudson Library System, NY) ".a list of highly skilled consultants who will work with libraries of all sizes to develop a community based library long-range plan at no charge to the public library." Consultants trained through an LSTA grant.
  • American FactFinder (US Census Bureau) Quick facts from the 2000 census.
  • Bibliostat Connect: (NYS Division of Library Development) A database which allows comparison between New York (as well as other states) annual report statistics such as circulation (attendance and registered borrowers), library collections and services, expenditures, staffing, salaries and benefits.  
  • Library Research Service Counting on Results (study of the impact of public libraries, with surveys you can use), library budget calculator, community needs analysis, and other resources for planning and evaluating library services.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - Public Libraries
  • Logic Model Development (W. K. Kellogg Foundation) A program evaluation tool developed by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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General Resources and Online Tutorials for Community and Public Relations Strategies

  • Marketing the Library (Ohio Library Council) "Web-based training for public libraries. Six self-paced library marketing training modules, resources, examples, quizzes and exercises. Create market plans."
  • PR Talk Listserv (ALA) "Idea-sharing and updates on ALA promotional activities and library PR issues."

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  • ALA Issues & Advocacy Assistance with general library advocacy and specific issues, such as the USA PATRIOT ACT, funding, and intellectual freedom.
  • @ Your Library Campaign (ALA) "While libraries are popular, they are often taken for granted. While libraries are ubiquitous, they are not often visible. And, while libraries are unique, they are facing new challenges." Graphics, targeted marketing strategies, and more resources designed to showcase the values of the library.

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Getting the Word Out in the Media

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Quotes, Talking Points, Photos, Clipart, Bookmarks, etc.


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