What Counts Gets Measured: Part 2

Measure 2Since breaking our program statistic categories into Program, Outreach, and Community Engagement in January 2013, we’ve encountered a few situations where numbers are double-counted.  These situations have included staff members from different branches working with a community partner; branch staff working on a system-wide event; and staff from different locations attending/participating/working a community event.  After much discussion, the following decisions were made about reporting numbers for a more accurate count. More

Community Engagement “Happens” at a Book Club Meeting

The Whistleblower book coverThe Experience

The Willa Cather Book Club has met monthly to discuss a fiction or nonfiction book since 1999.  The group currently has 12 members who range in age from 35 to 85.  Their life experiences include teaching GED classes at the county jail; nursing in the Vietnam War;  raising large families in small houses; teaching at the university level; working at the Nebraska Humane Society; and following a husband to extended jobs in China and Saudi Arabia.  One member brings her 12 year old daughter if she (Mom) feels the book being discussed is appropriate for that age level. More