For immediate release | December 11, 2015

New workshop on Letting Go of Legacy Services: Weeding Materials and Programs

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Letting Go of Legacy Services: Weeding Materials and Programs with Mary Evangeliste, Suzanne Ward, and Katherine Furlong. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

Most library administrators are worried about the bottom line and how to use their limited budget to best serve their patrons and users. Rightsizing, sun-setting or planned abandonment strategies can be used to examine your current services and resources so that you can know what to hold on to and what you can part with.

Ask yourself: Is your institution’s library bursting at the seams with books that have not been touched for decades? Or microfilm that nobody uses? How about print journals that have been superseded by electronic access? Now is the time to take a clear-sighted look at your library’s services and resources, and let go of programs that have lost their effectiveness over time.

In this workshop, Evangeliste, Ward, and Furlong will present proven strategies and case studies to show how libraries can sunset services and resources in a sane and sensible manner using data and user input. You will walk away with an understanding of how to figure out what you should cut.

After participating in this workshop, you will have:

  • acquire new strategies to examine and assess your current services and resources;
  • use qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies to assess your programs, resources, and services;
  • know how to formulate communication plans to prepare your internal and external audiences for changes in services and resources.

About the Instructors:

Mary Evangeliste is the owner of Fearless Future, a marketing and design company that works primarily with nonprofits. Before Fearless Future, Mary worked for over 15 years in libraries. She is known for her user-centered approach to analyzing resources and services. Mary co-edited Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studiesand is also co-author of the best-selling Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Library.

Suzanne Ward is Collection Strategist at Purdue University Libraries. She holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Michigan, and Memphis State University. Suzanne has published two books and over 25 articles on various aspects of librarianship, including Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitionsand Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection.

Katherine Furlong is Director of the Blough-Weis Library and University Librarian at Susquehanna University. She has participated in the Frye Leadership Institute (2011), the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute (2006) and the Institute for Information Literacy. She has written and presented extensively on library administration and instruction. Katherine’s co-edited book Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studieswas published in 2014. She has served as president of the local chapter of ACRL and on the board of the management team for the national MISO Survey.

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