MAKING AND KEEPING LIBRARY FRIENDS Finders, keepers? Why not?!
Give them what they want! • Borrowing privileges • Discounts • Interlibrary loan privileges • Parking! • Engaging events
Keys to a successful event • Interesting speaker/topic • Free (when possible) • Interactive • Serve refreshments • Timing • Focus on exclusive, unique event opportunities
How to get a crowd at your next event • Partner, partner, partner! • Campus libraries – Theology, Special Collections, Arts • Academic departments • Campus organizations – Greek organizations, Student Affairs • Community libraries or library branches • Museums • Other non-profit groups
How to get a crowd at your next event • Tell the World! • Mail • Email • Websites • Facebook • Library and other campus newsletters • Calendar listings • Campus newspaper • Campus posters
Friends Make Friends • Encourage members to bring guests to events • Welcome non-members to events • Tell them about the organization and how they can become involved • Send them home with information on your group • Follow-up with email or personal note when possible
Talk to them! • Regular emails – tell them what is happening. Don’t let them find out after-the-fact! • Facebook • Website • Newsletters • Annual Report