A New Team, A New Vision: One Library's Adventures in Outreach
Keywords:Outreach, Committees, Library Spaces, Academic Libraries
What can a medium-sized academic library accomplish in terms of campus outreach? Quite a lot, as it turns out! The David L. Rice Library at the University of Southern Indiana focuses its outreach activities in three major areas: events and promotions held during the academic year, such as Banned Books Week and Blind Date With A Book; dedicated spaces within the library, such as the Info Wall and displays; and partnerships between the library and other departments on campus. With our outreach activities, we hope to reach more students and potential patrons; to make contact with them in ways that are meaningful; to help individuals and campus groups feel more comfortable with the library and its staff; and to promote reading as well as increase literacy. This article will detail the library’s outreach activities; the creation of a committee to support publicity, outreach, and marketing; the outreach process; new approaches to reaching the library’s community; and ideas for forming partnerships with other on-campus entities.
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