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The Small Public Library Survival Guide by Herbert B. Landau
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Sep 29, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: for-grown-ups, timely, non-fic, professional-reading
Read in November, 2008

This book is intended for libraries serving populations under 25,000 people, aimed at helping them garner support and funding for the good work libraries do. It's written from the perspective of a successful small library director with a background in corporate marketing.

Libraries need to:
define their community's library service needs
develop responsive programs
get the resources necessary to support these programs
promote the library and its program to the community and to funding sources

One of the best pieces of advice in this book is that library directors determine who uses the library and why, and who does not use the library and why. Landau also recommends that community leaders (mayors, select boards, school librarians, teachers, principals, business owners, etc.) be specifically included in any surveys. We need to regularly survey our constituents to discover their needs and wants and then find a way that the library can serve them.

This book is an easy-to-read reminder of all the things small libraries can and should be doing to remain relevant and vital to their communities.

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