Bronwyn's Library Blog

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

In designing our libraries and their services, we try to look at all the various markets we target, and we have made progress in leaps and bounds when it comes to children and young adults. But what about men? What have we done to encourage their use of the library? How has it affected the layout of the library and the services we offer?

"How do the library's female librarians decide what programs to put on for men? How do they choose the best materials in subjects and genres they don't understand well?" asks Marylaine Block. "So, here's a fantasy I have, about designing a library that says to men who walk through the door, "We get you. You're welcome here."" And she provides some very useful, practical suggestions. You can read them in her excellent Ex-libris column


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