A full day covering topics of interest to adult library patrons was presented to over 60 librarians during the Ninth Adult Services Forum held at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, on Oct. 22.
The keynote speaker was Lee Price, director of development for the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Price, who is a grant writer, encouraged attendees to “apply for grants for programs from many different sources and for special projects like you’ll be hearing about today in the breakout sessions.” He noted that the library in Boise, Idaho has an exclamation point after the word library on its building. Although some wanted the exclamation point removed, he saw a reason for it being there. “Library is what you do,” he said. “The exclamation point is what is extra and needs extra funding.”
He told them to answer four questions before implementing a new proposal:
- What would you love to do if you had the resources?
- Do you have internal support?
- Who are the potential funders?
- Who will take the lead? (library, Friends group, partnering agency)
Breakout sessions included Nicholas Van Dorn of the Nutley Library discussing how to reintroduce vinyl records into a library’s music collection.
Regina Fitzpatrick from the State Library, Tierney Miller from the Cherry Hill Library and Paula Manzel from the Burlington County System discussed how to help patrons build a family tree.
Others breakouts covered adult summer reading, cybersecurity, readers’ advisory and what it means to be an Outreach Librarian.