The first meeting of BCR’s Public Libraries Advisory Group was held at Midwinter this Monday and we’ve got a great group of people. Public librarians from all of BCR’s eleven member states will be listening to the buzz in their regions and bringing forth important issues and concerns which the group will address and BCR will use to create more training, services and product offerings for public libraries. Their vast experience covers a wide range of areas and services and will be invaluable in helping BCR assist public libraries. Some of the topics we’d like to examine include fundraising and budgets, strategic planning, collection development, programming, reader’s advisory and display, marketing and the public’s perception of libraries, collaborative partnerships, helping staff accept change, digital services and new technologies, electronic resources access and marketing, resource sharing and community involvement.
Whew! That’s a formidable list, but I’d love to hear from public librarians about where you think your greatest needs lie and about areas we’ve overlooked. We know you’re incredibly busy and we want to help make your job just a little easier.