Friday, May 15, 2009

Beyond the walls: Outreach services in Maryland libraries

Anne Arundel’s Library by Mail program
Determine eligibility
Collect readers advisory profiles (Books, DVDs, any format)
171 people in program; youngest is 23 and oldest is 99
Focus on new materials only (unless patron requests older items)
The LBM responsibilities take approximately 40 hours per week and are divided between 1 Circulation and 2 Information staff members.

Baltimore County PL’s Mobile Library services
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services

Shared some favorite Readers' Advisory sites
Fresh Fiction
Urban Reviews
Romantic Times

Have several vehicles. Most recent addition, Dodge Sprinter holds 3,000 items.

They require a contract for new sites.

BCPL circulated 48k items between two Sprinter vehicles last year.

Caroline County Public Library
3 branches; 1 BKM (2008)
Rural setting
Marketing led to 30% increase in visits and circulation.

Carroll County Public Library: Library Link Service to Seniors
32 volunteers
No fines or fees for damaged items
Maintain a separate collection (8,000 items)
Donated items to people who get to the point of damaging books

Cecil County—Book Buddy program
Volunteers bring books to the homebound
No fines for late items

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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