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“My event planning, volunteering for 16 years doing cultural events for my school district, and my theater/musician training helped a lot.”
“These are basic life skills learned by parents (e.g. doing homework in grade school, planning a birthday party, etc.).”
“Working in a very high-scale restaurant as a server and working in a public museum on the visitor services side of things helped me gain skills in good customer services and event planning.”
"What skills or abilities do you think are necessary to successfully run public programs at libraries?”
More than 1,200 library professionals from all around the country and from all types of libraries weighed in on this question last fall as part of ALA's National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA) research. As we read their responses, we found nine categories of skills that came up time and again.