Reaching out during Outreach Exhibits
Authored by: Alisha Miles, Librarian, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Columbus, Georgia
Over the last three years I have exhibited at several events to promote the library and its resources. One of the greatest benefits of exhibiting is the networking behind the scenes.
What do I mean?
On March 26, 2011, I exhibited Pet Disaster Preparedness at the Relay for Dogs event in Columbus, Georgia. It was the second time I had exhibited at this particular event; however, during this event I made it a point to network with other ‘vendors.’ While the Relay for Dogs event was successful at providing pet disaster preparedness information to 450 members of the general public, it pales in comparison to the effects of the collaboration formed during the event.
During the event I was able to form a relationship with the staff from the Columbus Public Health Department. The staff informed me of an upcoming event, the Columbus Baby Expo, and asked if I could provide information on disaster preparedness to distribute at the event. While I could not personally attend the event, I quickly agreed to provide information and a disaster preparedness kit as a door prize.
The Baby Expo was a huge success! The Public Health Department had over 2,800 people visit the booth—quickly exhausting the information resources I provided. It still amazes me how one conversation could lead to reaching over 2,800 people! None of this would have been possible without funds from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Southeastern/Atlantic Region’s Community Day Award. Thank you!
For more information about the Community Day Award please contact PJ Grier, Outreach and Access Coordinator.