PCI Webinar with Anne Abate and Denise Vallandingham
Beyond the Bookstore Model: Making Your Library User-Friendly
In this PCI webinar Anne and Denise we will briefly review common existing classification schemes (Dewey and LOC) and highlight their benefits and issues. They will explore the various alternatives for public, academic, and special libraries including Dewey-light and LOC-light; eliminating existing systems altogether; color-coded systems; bookstore models. Whatever scheme you choose, it is imperative to have the technical aspects worked out and to get staff buy-in.
The ultimate goal for any change is to come up with a system that allows customers to browse and feel comfortable finding things themselves if they are self-motivated and hesitate to ask for help. The system should also make the library more inviting, increase circulation statistics, and take the mystery out of the library.
Anne Abate ~ Biography
Anne Abate has worked in a wide variety of libraries and library-related organizations during her career. She is currently the owner of Library Discount Network, a small business that negotiates with database vendors on behalf of library consortia and networks. The company also provides administrative and management support for nonprofit organizations. Anne has been the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium, now known as SWON Libraries, where she coordinated the programs, services, and activities for the members.
In previous lives, Anne worked as the Director of Marketing for a large corporation and held positions in libraries including law, academic, public, and special libraries. Anne currently teaches in the areas of information technology for Xavier University, nonprofit management for Northern Kentucky University, and library science for the University of Kentucky. Anne has also taught in the computer technology graduate program for Nova Southeastern University. Anne holds a bachelors degree from Xavier University, a masters in library and information science from the University of Kentucky, a doctorate in computer technology from Nova Southeastern University, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Northern Kentucky University.
Denise Vallandingham ~ Biography
Denise Vallandingham is the Librarian at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. She entered the academic realm after eight years working primarily with children in the public library setting. Denise received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Northern Kentucky University and her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. She’s been an active member of the American Library Association ever since she was named an Emerging Leader in 2005. She’s served on several committees including the Sibert Award Selection, Early Childhood Programs and Services and served as co-chair of the Great Web Sites for Kids committee. Denise is currently a member of ACRL and co-chairs an academic librarian special interest group sponsored by Greater Cincinnati’s library consortium.