Once you have funding in place, you will need to carry out certain steps to ensure effective administration of your creative aging programs.

The Host Librarian’s Role

Your role during implementation of your program will be to ensure that the following steps are carried out effectively:

1.    Coordinating logistics
2.    Recruit and promote the program
3.    Preparation
4.    Monitoring/documenting/evaluation
5.    Planning a culminating event
6.    Sustaining the programming

These steps, from disseminating information on the program throughout your community, to working with your library system and your local supporters to ensure continuation of the programs, are detailed and explored within this section.

Managing the Process

In some situations you may have to assume all the tasks yourself.  In other situations you may find branch or system colleagues who are available to assist and who have particular talents and/or interests in older adult services.

Throughout the process you will be the primary liaison with the system administrator who is responsible for the overall creative aging project. Ideally, he or she will bring you together with other librarians in your system who are operating similar programs.  The more information and ideas you can share, the stronger your individual programs will be.

Steps are Inter-related

In all likelihood you will find yourself working on several activities at once, especially during the start-up phase. In addition, the steps are inter-related. For instance, the more effective your community communications, the more likely that local support will emerge for future programming.


Implementation Checklist (PDF)

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1.   Coordinate Logistics
2.   Recruit & Promote
3.   Prepare
4.   Monitor, Document & Evaluate
5.   Organize a Culminating Event
6.   Think about Sustainability