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Program Observation and Evaluation at the Library

The emphasis on addressing community needs continuously creates an atmosphere that inspires staff members to reexamine their roles (Julie Cruise).

Public and academic libraries both have an obligation and duty to their patrons to be the counter stone of the community they serve. Through programs and services, they cultivate a sense of belonging, an appreciation of differences, facilitation of student learning, and increased knowledge of the world. Variations in Programs and Services are categorized as a civic educator, a conversation starter, community visionary, community bridge, and/or center for democracy in action.

Specialized programs and services offered by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library (San Jose, CA) each respectively fall within one or more of these categories in proving effectiveness.

This library currently provides programs such as 

  • book clubs (Conversation Starter for A Sense of Belonging), 
  • summer reading challenges (Community Bridge for Civic Educator), 
  • story hours (Community Bridge for A Sense of Belonging),
  • presentations/lectures (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator), 
  • literacy (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),  
  • exhibitions (Increased knowledge of the world for Community Visionary), 
  • homework assistance (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),  
  • and craft programs (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator).

This library currently provides services such as 

  • consumer information (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),
  • job assistance (increased knowledge of the world for Community Bridge), 
  • outreach (appreciation of differences for Community Bridge),
  • small business support (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),   
  • laptop loans (Facilitation of student learning for Community Bridge)
  • meeting/study rooms (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),  
  • mobile circulation service (Facilitation of student learning for Community Bridge),
  • college access information (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),  
  • ESL resources (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator),  
  • and research consultations (Facilitation of student learning for Civic Educator).

Specialized library programs and specialized services not currently offered by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library but would greatly enrich the facility and an analysis of their usefulness are as follows:

Programs-

  • Learning lectures, 

Purpose: Civic Educator, Conversation Starter

Intended audience: Ages 18+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: facilitation of student learning

  • Holiday celebrations (of all customers within the community not just the National U.S. recognized), 

Purpose: Community Visionary

Intended audience: All Ages

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: A sense of belonging

  • author visits/signings, 

Purpose: Conversation Starter

Intended audience: Ages 13+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Arlington County Public Schools (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: increased knowledge of the world

  • year-round reading challenges/ reading incentive programs, 

Purpose: Civic Educator

Intended audience: All Ages

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Arlington County Public Schools (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: facilitation of student learning

  • book fairs, 

Purpose: Community Bridge

Intended audience: All Ages

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: increased knowledge of the world

  • edible book festivals, 

Purpose: Community Bridge

Intended audience: All Ages

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the University of Maryland College Park Libraries (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: A sense of belonging

  • and, National Library Week Activities

Purpose: Civic Educator

Intended audience: Ages 13+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus Library (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: increased knowledge of the world

Services-

  • book club kits, 

Purpose: Conversation Starter,Community Bridge

Intended audience: Ages 13+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: A sense of belonging

  • information literacy instruction, 

Purpose: Civic Educator

Intended audience: Ages 18+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities:Β As seen at the Arlington County Public Schools (Spring 2014)

Support the library’s mission and goals: facilitation of student learning

  • blogs/ social media (robust marketing),

Purpose: Conversation Starter

Intended audience: Ages 18+

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Northern Virginia Community College

Support the library’s mission and goals: A sense of belonging

  • and, mobile book return (Law of Least Effort)- 

Purpose: Community Visionary , Center for democracy in action

Intended audience: All Ages

Success/effectiveness of the program at other facilities: As seen at the Mountain View Public Library (Book Bot, 2019)

Support the library’s mission and goals: Law of Least Effort, appreciation of differences

Whether the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library implements one or all of the above, each possesses the potential to benefit users for the best.

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