Sunday, August 25, 2013

At the Raymond Village Library - August - By Sally Holt

Historically, libraries have always shared information and materials. Over the last several years, librarians have realized the importance of partnering with a variety of organizations. This last year, Raymond Village Library has formed new partnerships and existing partnerships continue. The library regularly connects and collaborates with local businesses, banks, local government, schools, other libraries and various organizations in order to provide opportunities to the community.

Connection and communication inside and outside the library including social media has become a part of daily life at this library and libraries across the country. According to The Global Librarian, a joint publication from two New York-based library organizations, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Metropolitan New York Library Council, “In this increasingly global, interconnected community, the key to success is through partnership and collaboration. No one person or organization has the skills, tools, talent and resources to provide quality service to all users at all times.”

The Raymond Village Library is pleased to partner with the Windham Public Library, the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Humanities Council and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, to offer a new speakers’ series on foreign policy.

The World in Your Library is a pilot series that connects libraries across the state with Maine-based foreign policy experts, scholars and practitioners who will give presentations on critical foreign policy issues selected by the library.

Raymond Village Library and Windham Public Library have selected three speakers and topics for hour-long presentations on important global issues.

Monday, August 19 –6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Windham – Andrew Stanticoff, “Strategic Minerals: What the U.S. Needs”. The U.S. relies on strategic minerals for high tech and military applications. This presentation will provide background on the problems associated with the need for an acquisition of those materials. Contact Windham Public Library at 892-1908 for more information.

Tuesday, September 10 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Raymond – Ron Jarvella, “The Chinese Intelligence Network”. This presentation discusses the Chinese Intelligence network, exploring how it is structured, how it operates and what it is after. The Chinese pioneered the idea of gathering intelligence on enemies, potential and real. They have been at it longer than anyone else.

As seating is limited, please pre-register at the library, call 655-4283 or email

Monday, October 21 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Windham – Henry Laurence, “Public Broadcasting in the Digital Age”. The “new media” revolution has transformed the role of the press, empowering individuals but threatening to destroy traditional journalism. This presentation will discuss the future of public broadcasting in the light of the recent scandals at the BBC and political attacks on PBS/NPR. Contact the Windham Public Library at 892-1908 for more information.

On a related note, Raymond Village Library is updating its long-term strategic plan and is seeking input from the community to appropriately focus library services and resources. As part of this process, the library is seeking your input, whether or not you currently use any library services. As a token of appreciation, all who complete and submit a survey will be entered into a drawing for a $75 Amazon gift card. Surveys are available at the library, the Raymond Town Office and at

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