Shareable Library (https://shareablelibrary.wordpress.com/) is still in development, but it will be an online community built for Youth Services and Young Adult Librarians in the Chicago-land area. My ILEAD USA team members Natalie Williams, Deidre Winterhalter, Tabatha Anderson, Arianne Carey, and I decided to create a site to share our unique programming ideas and create learning opportunities. We all do many wonderful programs and are already so knowledgeable, we wanted to create a space to share these ideas with each other. The site will consist of three components: sharing, shadowing, and swapping.
To share your program ideas with us you fill out a form via our website asking permission to contribute (please give us two days to add you). We want you to view this blog as your blog. So feel free to make your posts as fun, quirky, and personable as you want. However, we do have a few suggestions to help you provide a clear picture of your program for anyone interested in running it at their library. All of this how-to information is provided on our website. We hope to have the sharing page become a one-stop-shop for programming ideas and plans.
Shadowing is designed to provide professionals with learning opportunities. Through our site you can contact other librarians to attend and watch a program at another library. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a program and gain the experience of watching an expert work.
Or, set up a time to meet one-on-one with another librarian to learn a new skill–kind of like a personalized professional development opportunity. You will be able to search and ask for shadowing opportunities via our Google Forum link on our website.
Swapping refers to goods or materials between libraries. Swapping goods or materials will help libraries try new equipment before purchasing, or in lieu of purchasing.
Or, a swapping of librarians and goods and materials between libraries. By swapping librarians and materials, we have the opportunity to offer our communities two unique programs, while only doing one program worth of preparations. We ask that this be a reciprocal exchange between libraries and that each participating library decide what works for them policy wise. You will be able to search and ask for swapping opportunities via our Google Forum link on our website.
We are hoping to get the site ready for testing soon. If you would like to be a part of our test and help us work out the kinks, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us and share your incredible library programs with other librarians. We believe your contributions will help provide more learning opportunities for the communities we serve, so thank you in advance for taking the time to share.
Questions? Email Alison Tseng at email@example.com.