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Intros and Evaluation Project
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Hi, Everybody,

I'm Rebecca Meehan, the Assistant Director of the Woburn Public Library.  We are currently in a cozy temporary space while we wait for the completion of our building project (reopening in early March 2019), which will offer much larger children's spaces, a teen room, state-of-the art maker space, community spaces and awesome technology, more staff (I'm an optimist!), robust programming, etc.  We're really looking forward to it.

Up until the past year, we'd been offering programming in a space that was not-quite-right (too small, too crowded, too multi-use, too underground...), and it showed in our numbers.  We mostly saw either folks who lived within walking distance, or local folks (and that number skewed older).  For the past year+, we've been doing almost 100% offsite programming.  Which is great! We're reaching all sorts of new patrons, forging and solidifying community bonds, and telling the library story.  Next year, we'll be operating out of a facility that will much more of a draw for folks from Woburn and the surrounding communities, and our programming picture will shift yet again.  Most of our community is finally ready for the , but our local government is a bit...skeptical.  So we've got to try and change their understanding of what a library is and what the WPL can (and does!) do.

My project involves a few things:
  • change hearts and minds! This goal tops all of our lists forever!  
  • figure out what sorts of programming our community really wants (we do have some idea from last year's Strategic Planning Retreat, but more regular engagement with our expanded patron base will keep us current), and figure out the the best way to get to that info--focus groups, surveys, online polls, etc.
  • learn to tell a story about the opportunities the library offers (outputs, impacts, etc.) that is packaged especially for the decision makers.
See you all next week!
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Intros and Evaluation Project - by LindaHofschire - 04-23-2018, 08:57 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by ellendolan - 05-01-2018, 06:41 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by Cames - 05-01-2018, 08:33 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by Refina - 05-04-2018, 01:52 PM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by BeckyH - 05-01-2018, 11:47 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by dsmelcer - 05-01-2018, 01:13 PM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by prathnam - 05-03-2018, 02:35 PM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by Kim Butler - 05-04-2018, 09:36 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by awaring - 05-04-2018, 10:29 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by tstewart - 05-04-2018, 10:32 AM
RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by ktolson - 05-04-2018, 01:00 PM
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RE: Intros and Evaluation Project - by Rebecca - 05-04-2018, 01:44 PM
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