Crash Course in Marketing for Libraries

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 177 pages
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Crash Course in Marketing gives the librarian with little formal training, a member of the friends of the library who would like to help with marketing, or someone who has had little experience with marketing to gain skills needed to build a marketing plan for their library. Examples from libraries are used to illustrate the marketing elements described.

Here is everything librarians, especially those in small libraries, need to know about marketing, PR, and advocacy. You'll learn what these things are, and why they make sense for the librarian in a small library. More important, this book will teach you how to perform these important tasks, including how to develop a marketing plan, how to work with the media, and how to raise money with events. Appendixes include Useful Resources for the Librarian.

Created for those with little formal LIS training who are working in small, rural libraries, this entry in the "Crash Course" series will also be useful for librarians who are new to this area of service or need to brush up on their skills. The reader will find easy-to-follow instructions with examples to illustrate the implementation of various methods.

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User Review  - davidloertscher - LibraryThing

Blanche Wools has created a series of crash course books that give the kernal of an idea with lots of examples. Thus, Alman, a pro at marketing gives us just 58 pages of essential information about ... Read full review


Chapter 1The Planning Process for Your Marketing Plan
Chapter 2Develop a Marketing Plan
Using the Media Newsletters

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Susan Webreck Alman has been interested in Interpersonal Communication for Librarians [Library Marketing, PR and Advocacy] for two decades. She teaches communication [marketing] courses to graduate students in library and information science on a regular basis. Her students are enthusiastic about her expertise and teaching style. Sue received degrees (MLS and PhD) from the University of Pittsburgh. Her career has included public service and administrative posts in libraries, and teaching at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is the director of Distance Education Services and Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh and adjunct faculty at San Jose State University.

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