I have been thinking about and talking about self promotion for awhile now. The new council budget was passed down last week and it was decided that the Library would no longer charge for computer and internet classes. YEAH! The question then arose of how to attract people to actually attend the classes. I mentioned Brisbane Square and the way the Learning Lounge has put aside certain times on certain days for this purpose. This got me thinking, and reminded me of the post by David Lee King on new ways to think about technology and tools. What I got out of his blog was connections, and our need for them.
So, this takes me back to promoting what we do, for example our basic computer and internet classes. Do we try and sell it as the learning of new technology? (well, that is part of it), but for me it is about the connections. Come to the Library and learn how to keep in contact with friends and family in far away places. Come to the Library and we'll teach you how to set up an email account. Come and bring a friend to share your new learning journey. Come along and laugh and play! Come and learn how to see the photos of the new baby/wedding that they want to send you. Come and we'll teach you about Flickr. Just come to the Library!!
So, my goal at work this week is to ask any interested library staff to come up with five free(or very cheap) ways to promote our computer and internet classes. I have great faith in the answers I will receive from the many assistants, shelvers, casuals and librarians, and it won't cost a thing! Except the knowledge that staff are thinking and talking about how we 'do' libraries, and what can be better than that?
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