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Statewide Initiatives (NEW): Let's Talk! In Your Words

 

Let's Talk! in Your Words

Seventy-one librarians and library staff took the Let's Talk! Pledge, promising further action to discuss, strategize, and implement the lessons learned from the Let's Talk! SOAR session at the Nevada Library Association's 2018 conference. Below are the ideas advanced and strengths identified from the SOAR workshop. Check them out--you'll see how much we have in common!

If you'd like to get in touch with a fellow signatory, email us--we'll put you in touch.

What are libraries doing well?

  • Communicating and networking
  • NSLA
  • Innovative programs
  • Makerspaces
  • Customer service
  • Space to gather
  • Democratic
  • Dealing with diversity
  • Job training
  • VR
  • More patron options
  • Keeping up with tech
  • Lifelong learning
  • Breaking down access barriers
  • Licensed librarians in schools
  • Wide variety of programs
  • Partnerships (ex: workforce)
  • Accessibility to information
  • Outreach
  • Popular programs
  • 1:1 patron-librarian relationship
  • Personal service
  • Comfortable spaces
  • Connecting patrons to resources
  • Community oversight
  • Constant evolution
  • Intrastate collaboration
  • Reaching wide range of patrons
  • Many programs
  • Libraries as connectors
  • Recognizing and responding to needs (keeping up with the times)
  • Responsive collection development
  • Youth programs (STEM clubs, VR,)
  • Higher ed (supporting degrees, new tech, digital literacy)
  • Adapting to changing communities
  • Strong web presence with databases
  • Workforce training
  • Partnerships with businesses and services
  • Rural libraries support community enrichment
  • Strong youth services (STEAM)
  • Dedication
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability: transactional knowledge
  • Cultivating new idea
  • Diversity
  • Passion and inventiveness (recession example: making do)
  • Workforce development (resumes, resources, etc)
  • Responding to youth tech needs (makerspace)
  • Business and adult learning
  • Networking
  • Workforce development
  • Social media presence
  • Community outreach
  • Advancing emerging tech

What makes Nevada libraries unique?

  • Diversity
  • Programs (NSLA)
  • Job training
  • Inviting
  • Diversity
  • Libraries are for everyone
  • Unique and creative
  • Swerving all communities
  • Adapted to changing times
  • Receptive community
  • Distance
  • Diversity
  • Balancing technology (traditional and emerging)
  • Legal statutes (library boards separate from county/city)
  • Free program and services
  • Spread out (urban and rural)
  • Geographic and economic differences
  • Fast growth
  • More rural = less funding and ability
  • Ingenuity and pioneer spirit
  • Strong university system
  • Geography: far flung, large state
  • Free access across districts

What key resources give Nevada libraries an advantage in a world where information resources can be found nearly everywhere?

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Combatting fake news
  • Experience-based interactions
  • Passionate staff
  • Books over websites
  • Access to sources
  • Work as a community resource
  • Neutral meeting space
  • Reliable information
  • Provide non-online services
  • Increased makerspaces
  • Moving out from behind the desk
  • Human aspect
  • Personal connection with patrons
  • Homeless services
  • Providing access
  • Instruction
  • Databases
  • Library staff
  • Partnerships (inter-library collaboration)
  • Co-Op
  • Pooling resources
  • Universal system for check out
  • Workforce Connections
  • People: librarian as information filter
  • Emerging tech (VR)
  • Providing internet access to patrons
  • Literacy initiatives
  • Close knit community – uniting big and small

What changes do you expect to see over the next five years, in the community and in the state?

  • Growth (pop.)
  • Higher demand
  • More technology
  • Resource needs
  • Keeping up with 20th century skills
  • Become a one-stop community hub
  • E-resources added
  • Libraries as info hub
  • Offering more than books (ex: workforce)
  • More networking and communication
  • Partnerships with social workers
  • Nevada’s diversity
  • Consistency through training and policies
  • More population growth
  • Community resources
  • Establish libraries as leading resources
  • Supplement school district
  • Going where the people are
  • Changing political climate
  • Fewer stacks and greater activity space
  • Library-community partnership growth
  • Building new homes
  • Business library partnerships
  • New tech
  • Adapting to changing times
  • Finding new paths
  • Population growth
  • Less geographic isolation
  • Enhancement to rural area (eRate)
  • Increased and proactive outreach
  • Librarians as community leader
  • Market online resources
  • Moving away from hotel/casino and into industry
  • Need for skills development
  • New company presence (Amazon, Tesla)
  • Fast adaptation to community needs
  • Community partnerships
  • California migration
  • NFL team
  • Services expansion
  • Push for big business
  • Library independence due to geography
  • Affordable housing
  • Focus on community gentrification and community building
  • Flip the script: shifting focus to leadership roles
  • Mentorship roles with adult community
  • Reimagine the library profession
  • Plan and be flexible to shifting demands
  • Offsetting rising costs through free services
  • STEAM programming for a better future

As we look at the changes you have identified:  Which changes could have a positive impact on libraries?

  • Advocacy
  • Marketing
  • Partnerships with community services
  • Partnerships
  • Political climate
  • More space
  • Growth
  • Business relationships (donation and promotion)
  • Collaboration
  • Anticipating growth
  • Bigger community = larger tax base
  • Diverse community
  • Community knowledge
  • ‘Chase the train’ mentality
  • Technology
  • Workforce development
  • Responding to patron needs
  • Flexibility
  • Recruiting the right people
  • Emerging industries

As we look at the changes you have identified:  Where could Nevada libraries make a difference?

  • LVCCLD’s safe spaces
  • Partnerships
  • Part of the solution
  • Community outreach
  • Being a part of the conversation
  • Partnering with state and local governments
  • Schools
  • Building a safe space
  • Building awareness
  • Continue to an innovation hub
  • Social services provider
  • Community link
  • Idea: Social workers in libraries
  • Technology
  • Workforce development
  • Responding to patron needs
  • Flexibility
  • Recruiting the right people
  • Emerging industries

What kind of communities do we want? What are the most important attributes or essential components of these communities?

  • Safe
  • Employable
  • Something for everyone
  • Common goals
  • Ownership
  • Educated
  • Civic minded
  • Respect
  • Literate
  • Aware
  • Diverse
  • Communicative
  • Open discussion
  • Community values
  • Engaged
  • Well-informed
  • Thriving with employment
  • Supportive
  • Volunteer
  • Donate
  • Communicate
  • Eagerness

If you could wave a magic wand and transform your community, what change would you most want to see? Why?

  • Commitment to combating homelessness
  • Mental health resources
  • Commitment to funding libraries
  • Community recognition
  • Community benefit
  • More value in libraries and education
  • Voter registration
  • Understanding politics
  • Outreach is important
  • Employment
  • Increased life quality
  • More partnerships with government agencies
  • More support
  • Keeping promises
  • More volunteers
  • Open access
  • Sufficient funding
  • Better internet access
  • More collection spaces
  • Updated facilities
  • Increased librarian voice
  • Librarian community knowledge

 

Considering our strengths, opportunities, and aspirations, how will we know we are on track in achieving our goals?

  • Increased usage
  • Retention
  • Testimonials
  • Increased funding
  • Increased funding
  • Patron retention
  • Statistics
  • Surveys
  • Graduation rates
  • Positive feedback
  • Library on Mars!
  • Higher test scores
  • Increased programs
  • Increased funding for non-traditional resources
  • Not about how many people we help but how meaningful that assistance is
  • Positive use of library space
  • Positive comments
  • Measure participation in homework help center
  • Word-of-month marketing
  • Show both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Individual stories of staff and patrons
  • Willing storytellers to demonstrate impact
  • Confirmation from patrons
  • Emphasis on positive advancement

What measurable results do we want to see and be known for?

  • Services
  • Positive use of library space
  • Participating in community events (being invited = recognition)
  • Change stereotype of what a library is
  • Outreach
  • Free material check-out
  • Literacy and tech training (Finland example)
  • Longitudinal study
  • Qualitative analysis and study
  • Balance of qualitative and quantitative
  • Patron awareness of resources
  • Essential services
  • Surveys
  • Consistency
  • Listening to community
  • Identify need
  • Big, shiny resources
  • Farmers market presence
  • Program attendance
  • Community engagement
  • Renewal of partnerships
  • Legacy of learning

 

Let's Talk! Pledge Signatories  
  • Ron Heezen (LVCCLD)
  • Christina Miskey (UNLV)
  • Maria Klesta (Carson City)
  • Janine Antwine (LVCCLD)
  • Agnes Meter (CCSD)
  • Vinicius Passos (UNLV)
  • Amanda Conken (NSLAPR)
  • Maria Duque-Rueda (UNR)
  • Andrea Schreiber (NLVLD)
  • Kristy Calhoun (CSN)
  • Danielia Flores-Sahagun (LVCCLD)
  • Andrey Miroshnichenko (LVCCLD)
  • Kelsey Lupo (UNLV)
  • Rosalind Bucy (UNR)
  • Lynn Evans (Lyon Co.)
  • Robbie DeBuff (LVCCLD)
  • Alex Johnson (Lyon Co.)
  • Karen de Shazer (LVCCLD ret.)
  • Marcie Smedley (Henderson)
  • Jessica Jones (Boulder City)
  • Luise Davis (Douglas Co.)
  • Joseph Tracy (LVCCLD)
  • Joan Dalusung (WCLS)
  • Holly Whittle (Elko Co.)
  • Kassie Antonucci (Elko Co.)
  • Judith Sergeant (LVCCLD)
  • Latasha Baker (LVCCLD)
  • Veronica Hallam (Douglas Co.)
  • Liz Rickling (LVCCLD)
  • Ramona Campbell (Lyon Co.)
  • Jeanne Price (UNLV)
  • John Crockett (WCLS)
  • Seungyeon Yang-Peace (LVCCLD)
  • Joy Gunn (Henderson)
  • Mitch Winterman (UNR)
  • Kathy Ray (UNR)
  • Joy Lane (LVCCLD)
  • Yvonne Johnson (NLVLD trustee)
  • Cyndi O (Nevada Library Co-op)
  • Sheridan Steffen (CCSD)
  • Wendy Frogget (UNR)
  • Lisa Gibson (LVCCLD)
  • Forrest Lewis (NLVLD)
  • Theron Nissen (LVCCLD)
  • Kitty Weber (Douglas Co.)
  • Robert Jones (SCLL, CCSD)
  • Samantha Silverman (LVCCLD)
  • Noel Zethmayr Jones (LVCCLD)
  • Rajesh Singh (ST. John’s U)
  • Jasmine Marchand (Humboldt Co.)
  • Marisa Eytalis (LVCCLD)
  • Wynne Prindle (Lyon Co.)
  • Jeff Scott (WCLS)
  • Yvonne Tran (LVCCLD)
  • Ermal Reinhart (Carson City)
  • Steven Matview (LVCCLD)
  • Chandra Jackson (LVCCLD)
  • David Tulanian (LVCCLD volunteer)
  • Brenda Owen (WCLS)
  • Heela Naqsuband (Henderson)
  • Ken Jacobsen (Lyon Co.)
  • Hope Williams (NSLAPR)
  • Soraya Silverman Montano (LVCCLD)
  • Corinne Dickman (WCLS)
  • Amy Geddes (Lyon Co.)
  • Stephen Platt (Henderson)
  • Faye Mazzia (LVCCLD)
  • Ashley McGuire (Carson City)
  • Larry Jonson (LVCCLD)
  • Kim Diehm (Boulder City)
  • Carol Lloyd (Churchill Co.)
  • Tammy Westergard (Nevada State Library)

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