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PARTNERING WITH PURPOSE
Instructor:
Janet Crowther, Director of Community Partnership Development at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library
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Barry Trott is the Director of Adult Services at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library

Maximize your library's resources, gain access to more resources in your community, promote services and reach new segments for the population through partnerships with businesses, schools, and other nonprofit organizations. This session provides a rationale for partnerships: describes the organizational library structures needed; and shows you how and with whom to form partnerships.

When
3 PM ET NOON PM PT
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
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The Benefits

Libraries are increasingly under pressure to go where their users are and to step outside their doors to provide services and develop resources. Partnering is an essential tool that libraries can use to turn these pressures into opportunities. Participants will come away from this program:

-Understanding of what the ambiguous term "partnering" means.
-Knowing how to use partnering as a strategic tool.
-Recognizing how to locate potential community partners.
-Understanding the steps in choosing a partner and formalizing a collaborative relationship.


Who Should Participate?

This program is aimed at librarians, library administrators, library trustees, and members of the nonprofit community who are interested in exploring the possibilities offered by formal collaborative relationships.

Fees

Member: $48.00 + GST
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST


About The Presenters...

Janet Crowther is the Director of Community Partnership Development at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library. At the library she initiates, coordinates, and directs alliances between library and strategic community partners, chairs the library's Community Partnership Development Group, and evaluates effectiveness of library-community partnerships in light of specific project and departmental goals and the library's strategic plan. She received her MSLS from the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science in 1981. Janet has been with the Williamsburg Regional Library since 1988, and worked as a reference librarian prior to moving to her present position. Before coming to Williamsburg, Janet worked as a field consultant for the Idaho State Library, providing consultation services and continuing education opportunities to northern Idaho public libraries staff and trustees in the areas of library services, administration, planning, and funding. She has also worked as head of readers' services for the United States Court of Claims/U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in Washington DC and as systems librarian for the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Janet has presented programs on partnership development for libraries at the Public Library Association Conference, the Virginia Library Association Conference, and for SOLINET.

Programs:
· Something Old, Something New: Marrying a Community Partner
Learn how to use partnering as a strategic tool to support the library's mission and vision. Why partner? How do you establish fruitful long-term relationships with community organizations and businesses.
· Programs on specific aspects of partnering - Assessing library assets and strengths, exploring the community, drafting partnership agreements, evaluating partnerships, etc. are also available.

Publications
· Partnering With Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations (Libraries Unlimited, 2004).

Contact Information: E-mail ([log in to unmask]) or Phone (757-259-4066)


Barry Trott is the Director of Adult Services at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library. He oversees the provision of reference and readers' advisory services and collection development of all adult materials, chairs the library's Web committee, and helps to manage several of the library's strategic partnerships. Barry received his MSLS from The Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science in 1997, and has worked at the Williamsburg Regional Library as reference librarian and as readers' services librarian prior to becoming department head. Barry has been a regular presenter of readers advisory programs for the Virginia Library Association's annual conference, and has presented training sessions on readers' advisory for libraries throughout Virginia. Barry is an active participant in developing an building readers' advisory skills for librarians nationally. He is the chair of the RUSA CODES Readers' Advisory Committee, edits the readers' advisory column for RUSQ, and develops readalike lists for the NoveList readers' advisory database. Barry has presented programs on readers advisory and on partnership development for the American Library Association annual conference, the Public Library Association Conference, and the Virginia Library Association Conference.

Programs:
· With Janet Crowther, a variety of programs on specific aspects of partnering -- Assessing library assets and strengths, exploring the community, drafting partnership agreements, evaluating partnerships, etc. - are available.
· Various programs on aspects of readers' advisory services - developing readalikes, building readers' advisory skills, using appeal factors, readers' advisory Web sites, genre studies, etc. are available.

Publications:
· Partnering With Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations (Libraries Unlimited, 2004).
· "Advising Readers Online: A Look at Internet-based Reading Recommendation Services." RUSQ. Vol. 44, no. 3, Spring 2005.

Contact information: E-mail ([log in to unmask]) or Phone (757-259-4053)


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