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MLW 2011: Veterans History Project, Value, and Connectivity

Tuesday at the 2011 Military Libraries Workshop included many informative sessions. Here are a few things that stood out from the programs today:

  • You need evidence of the library's value. Don’t use the wrong kind of proof of value such as:
    • Inputs (resource counts)
    • outputs (user counts)
    • satisfaction
    • service quality
    • librarian time and effort

None of these things make a difference to the overarching purpose of our organizations. Library value is really all about outcome. What difference do you make to the user? (Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University: The Value of the Military Libraries)

  • The question is not – how good is the library? It is: How much good does the library do? (Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University: The Value of the Military Libraries)
  • This is not business as usual. This is a national reframing of library value. (Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University: The Value of the Military Libraries)
  • See the importance of being a positive influence. Remember that connectivity is key. (MG (Sel) Joe Ward: JFSC Commandant’s Welcome)
  • What can military libraries do to assist with the Veterans History Project?
    • Promote VHP as a research tool and project
    • interview vets in your organization
    • interview the veteran in your life

Here’s the link to the field kit on how to participate in the Veterans History Project - http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html (Robert Patrick, Director, Veterans History Project: Veterans History Project)

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