While ALA PPO supports libraries of all types, the experiences, scenarios, and discussions explored in the NILPPA project to date have mostly been in the public, academic, and special library realm. (School libraries and school library programs are not a focus of this agenda.) One may wonder how the question of “public” programming is relevant in non-public libraries; for the NILPPA advisory team, the question laid in the very definition of the word “public.”
The advisors concluded that, for the purposes of this research, “public” and “public programs” refer to the library’s public — the community the library serves or the audiences the library targets for its programs. For public libraries this may mean the whole community or, perhaps, seniors. In the case of academic libraries the public may be the student body, the chemistry department, or incoming freshmen. For a special library such as the Pritzker Military Museum & Library it may be veterans, servicemen, or veterans services organizations.
What “publics,” or populations, does your library
serve through programming?
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