Best Practices

Librarians and other people working with children and young adults all over the world can share their knowhow and benefit from the experience of others.

Section launches a new project: collecting and displaying Best Practices for library services for children and young adults. The Best Practices may be events, reading promotions, campaigns, outreaches, partnerships, innovative use of library space or some other aspect of library servicesThe Best Practices hopefully serve as a source of inspiration, benchmarking and a way to reach other library professionals for advice and discussion. The project concept is brand new for the Section, so some modifications may occur.

Best Practices phase 1: Displaying innovative examples on YouTube

First step is to collect videos about your Best Practices on Section’s YouTube channel playlist. The videos should act like a "receipe" for the practice so that the content and realization is clear to see. Use this link to upload your video to the playlist. Ps. A good idea might be to work together with your young patrons and ask them to collaborate on making the video. See also the instruction on how to upload a video.

Practical instructions for the videos

  • max. 3 minutes
  • write a short description in English about the practice:
    • content

    • target group

    • timing  and duration (if applicable)

    • aims and goals

    • materials and resources needed

    • partnerships

    • the impact of the activity

  • add the target age group of your activity (if relevant) as tags: babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, young adults
  • add relevant keywords and tags in English
  • add your contact details: name, organization, country and contact info of the organization
  • remember to take care of copyright and privacy issues (presenting videos/photos about children, background sounds or music, CC licensing etc). IFLA Section is not responsible for violations caused by individuals.

Why YouTube? Section encourages libraries to use social media tools and applications, as they are widely reached, easy to use and spread. YouTube attracts young clientele and reaches a wide audience all around the world. Making and watching video material teaches librarians and patrons importans skills about media literacy, copyright and privacy issues and technology. We understand the infrastructural challenges  developing countries face when it comes to utilizing ICT, one answer could be collaboration and cooperation between libraries or between libraries and other stakeholders.

Best Practices phase 2: Examples on Section web pages

We also want to highlight the revised Guidelines for Library Services for Children by providing examples of their implementation. So later on (late 2016-2017), some of the collected Best Practices will be published on the Section web site along with the new Guidelines.

Published examples need to fulfill this criteria:

  • being innovative in its own context
  • having local importance
  • being adaptable with limited modifications
  • achieving quantifiable results (like meeting the planned audience, media coverage, positive feedback from guests)
  • implementing the aspects of the Guidelines (TBA)

If you have any questions, please contact Monika Mertens monika.mertens@oberursel.de or Ulla Pötsönen ulla.potsonen@gmail.com.

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Last update: 17 October 2016