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During the 9th Annual Metrolina Library Association Conference held recently in Charlotte, North Carolina, David Singleton, Director of Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries and Julie Walker, the new State Librarian of Georgia conducted a breakout session entitled, “Secrets for Leading in the New Normal.” While Singleton and Walker have extensive careers in public libraries, all libraries share the same challenges in justifying their existence and making their organizations valuable to whoever is making funding decisions.
Singleton and Walker began their presentation by highlighting the changes in society which have necessitated changes in libraries. To demonstrate that people still love their libraries, they used the results of a Pew study and data from a Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) study in the chart below:
Using Gallup poll results, the library directors showed that people have confidence in their libraries and feel they are important to the community in comparison to other organizations.
While data that demonstrates the public’s positive perception of library value is a good selling point, the directors pointed out the complications of using such information during the recent recession. They cited the American Libraries issue on The State of American Libraries 2013. When staff and library hours are reduced, patrons have limited access and begin to see less value and relevance in the library. This cycle is a warning for academic libraries too.
Another important selling point has been a Return on Investment (ROI) study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Institute which concluded that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library returns $4.57 in direct benefits for every $1.00 invested from all sources. Funders want to know that their money is being used to the greatest benefit.
Librarians have traditionally kept numbers like total checkouts, program attendance, reference transactions, and instruction sessions. However, funders are not interested in these measures. They are interested in outcomes, especially the impact on the community. Some examples of outcomes for public libraries are young children prepared for kindergarten, children and teens doing well in school, residents proficient with computer skills, and adults getting jobs. Academic librarians need to determine the outcomes important to their organizations and measure the library’s contribution.
While numbers and outcome measures are important in relaying the library’s value, Singleton pointed out that librarians also need to collect stories that tell of successes. Academic librarians need to articulate the library’s relevance in the 21st century, value to the community, value to funders, and competitive funding advantages. Singleton and Walker believe that libraries can thrive by identifying the needs in the library’s community, contributing uniquely, focusing on priorities and goals, collaborating with others, embracing change, staying grounded, and telling their story!
Make the transition from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext smoother in June with two upcoming webinars: “From Westlaw Classic to Next” webinars, Basic and Advanced.
- Where to find your favorite aspects of Westlaw Classic on WestlawNext
- Information on Finds and Searching
- Boolean Searches
- Key Numbers
- Alerts on WestlawNext
- Custom Pages (similar to tabs on Westlaw Classic)
- Practical Law
Both webinars will review how to save the Research Trails you use the most on Westlaw Classic so you have them available for WestlawNext.
Upcoming Webinar Dates
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Basic – June 17 at 10 am CT - Register today.
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Advanced – June 18 at 2 pm CT - Register today.
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Basic – June 20 at 12 (Noon) pm CT - Register today.
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Advanced – June 23 at at 3 pm CT - Register today.
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Basic – June 26 at 12 (Noon) pm CT - Register today.
- From Westlaw Classic to Next Advanced – June 27 at at 1 pm CT - Register today.
Visit the webinar page for more information about these and other upcoming webinars.
Online Trainings Available
Not able to attend? The topics covered in these webinars, as well as additional topics, are available through Westlaw in short, online trainings.
Visit the From Classic To WestlawNext training page for access and for more information.
Contact the reference desk if you have any questions or need any assistance!
How much do you love your library here at CSL? Our new library provides a beautiful, quiet place to study, reflect, check your email and check-in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among other things.
Why do you come to the library? To study, meditate, center yourself for the day’s work ahead? Could there actually be reference materials needed for your next class? The assistance of a professional law librarian who can guide you in your research needs? Technical assistance in accessing the many electronic databases we have to offer?
You should stop by your library today. Pick up a bookmark and check out the hearts at Circulation and Reference – tell us what your library means to you. They will be available all month for your comments. What do you like? What would you like to see more of? Wishes? Expectations? Dreams? Thoughts?
See you in the library!
Last Friday, children streamed through the halls of Charlotte Plaza, enjoying the annual Halloween festivities organized by PALS (Parents Attending Law School). While the library’s temporary location did prevent us from being able to turn our floor into a Halloween wonderland, we were able to represent in style by commandeering a table and carving out our own spooky niche to distribute candy to our tiniest members of the Charlotte Law community. We’re already looking forward to next year, when we will have the opportunity to transform our new space into another Halloween wonderland…
~Aaron Greene & Ashley Moye~
A few months ago Charlotte premiered its newest park, the Romare Bearden Park. The 5.4 acre park is located only a few blocks from our Charlotte Plaza building at 300 S. Church St. In addition to the beautiful landscaping the park offers gorgeous waterfalls, and a children’s play area which is equipped with a splash ground during the summer months.
Whether you’re interested in music, the arts, family fun, or fitness it is likely that the park has something you are interested in. Coming up this weekend the park will host a pumpkin patch party, where there will be music, face-painting, pumpkin carving and lots of other fun activities. If you want to know more about the park or you want to see a schedule of events check out the parks website.
This Friday, September 20, marks the 49th year for Festival in the Park. This is the granddaddy of Charlotte area art and entertainment events. Every fall the Festival is held at Freedom Park which is the largest urban park in the city located at 1900 East Blvd.
There is something for everyone at the Festival and it is free to get in. Artists come from all over the country and from the world to exhibit their work. There are craftsmen making pottery, blowing glass, carving, weaving, you name it, it can be found at Festival in the Park. There is also a plethora of live music acts, dance performances, and street theater. And what would a festival be without food vendors, face painting, balloon artists, magicians, clowns, and caricaturists?
Festival in the Park is an experience and a great date night. Saturday night starting at eight pm, The Spongetones return for their annual gig at the park band shell. Below is a link for more information about the event. It is easy to get to the park by taking the Light Rail to the East/West Blvd. station and then catching a shuttle or bus to the park. If you are going to drive be warned that parking gets hectic.