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A cry for help from France


Judit Kiraly [email protected] wrote in from France awhile ago with this request, I thought I would repost it for her.

\" I have \"inherited\" in December the presidency of the English-American Library of Nice. The problem is that what I know
about libraries is rather limited to my own experience of various establishments where I did my doctoral research.
It is a small, 20 000 volume English library in the south of France. I intend to do my best, but we are all voluntary and I am
the one who does most of the organising/running of it with the help of some very nice but totally unqualified voluntary
librarians. The place is reasionably organised and indexed, but when it comes to improving it - I definitely need professional
advice.--Read more for her questions.Maybe qualified librarians can give me some basic and sound info. I am experiencing problems in several fields.
- this is a general interest leisure library. How to select books that are not just well advertised \'lemons\'. I susbscribed to the
Oprah Amazon club, read the Times and the Herald\'s book section and get some catalogs, but since our finances are strained, I
have to be sure that when we buy, we buy good.
- how do you find out what your readers want? Is a reader\'s survey box a good idea?
- is there any magazine that is oriented towards librarians?
- where to advertise the library. A big part of our readers are holidaymakers who come to the Riviera for a week or for a
month. We have short temporary memberships tailored to their needs. I do all I can locally ( newspapers, hotels, radio) but
what could I do to entice more people to come to us.
- what other services do you recommend that we offer? quality videos?
- is there anything I should be careful about? any pitfalls?

I really appreciate all the help I can get.
Thank you again,
Judit Kiraly [email protected]

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