Thing 26: Taking the Lead: Connecting with your Stakeholders

After watching Heidi Neltner’s YouTube Video on “Your Stakeholder Connected Librarian Toolkit”    I have a long list of things to do to create our library priorities. One of my favorite parts of the video happened at minute 42 where she points out that this can’t all happen in a year and it takes time. I am adding to my calendar to re-watch this video again in a year.

One of the strongest messages I take away from this session is to have a constant awareness of who your stakeholders are and what their individual needs are. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming what people want rather than asking them what they need. Surveys at the end of the year would be a great way to re-envision what we are doing for next year.

One area we are working to improve is in advertising the collection through better displays. However, I now have ideas on how to reach out to those teachers who may not make it to the library or to advertise our more specific topical titles:

  • Publisher to display directly in the email with no added links to click.
  • Smore to create a brochure advertising new books or special collections.
  • Picasa and Google photos as a screensaver in the library to “advertise” different titles.

Thank goodness summer is coming where we can explore and get started on some of these new ideas!


About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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