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Outreach Fail: When a Library Instruction Series Fails to Draw a Crowd
Rhode Island Library Association (2012)
  • Julie A DeCesare, Providence College
  • Hailie Posey, Providence College

In fall 2011, we unveiled an ambitious and conscientious outreach program for our campus community to showcase new databases and services in the library. From the library’s perspective, it was a great model of collaboration and energy. It was well marketed and well thought out. Attendance was abysmal. We know we have so much to share with our students and faculty – How do we convince them? How do we reach them? How do we shake off the many hours of staff time and planning? How do we handle the low return-on–time investment? It’s rare when a presentation is about our failures. We welcome constructive discussion about programs failures and positive outlooks on trying again.

  • library outreach,
  • community outreach,
  • instruction
Publication Date
May 31, 2012
Citation Information
Julie A DeCesare and Hailie Posey. "Outreach Fail: When a Library Instruction Series Fails to Draw a Crowd" Rhode Island Library Association (2012)
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