Saturday, February 23, 2008

CFLC Chronicles: Help! Are We Making a Difference?

It's grant-writing time around CFLC and we need your input, please!

Does CFLC help you improve your library's service to the public (i.e., end user, student, Web visitor, etc.)? If so, how? These are the questions we are striving to answer as we prepare our LSTA grant application this year.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has conducted a review of Florida's LSTA program. Their concern is that the focus of the grants should be on improving service to the end user. We have been directed by the State Library to show how our programs impact the public, something that is very difficult for us as a non-library to ascertain without asking your help.

If you have any stories about how CFLC's services have impacted your users, please let us hear them by the first week of March. Feel free to make your comments on this blog or via e-mail [contactus (at)], or more formally, help us by contributing a letter of support to include with the grant application. Details and more information can be found here.

Thank you for your assistance; your input will help us continue responding to your needs!


Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday Fun Things: The Book A Month Challenge

Meant to post this a while back, but if you hurry, you can still get in on the second month! The Book A Month Challenge (BAM) is one of those simple ideas that is so great you wish you'd thought of it yourself. Katie posts:
Welcome to the Book A Month (BAM) Challenge. Right around the first of the month, every month, we’ll be posting a theme. All you have to do is read a book that corresponds to that theme and post a review, either on your own website/blog and comment with a link to it or in the comments for the post itself.
And lest you think she hasn't thought of everything, there's even a LibraryBAM and a way to get advance notice of the theme in order to plan your library exhibits around it.

Even if you don't feel you can post a review, she's got some great reading suggestions built around her themes. You've missed January's "time" theme (playing catch up IS allowed!), but February's "heart" theme is still beating. (Sorry!)