The idea of hybrid programming is nothing new. An early definition described this approach as “an environment with physical and virtual services supporting professional activities of the users at their workplace from the discovery of information to the manipulation and analysis of the delivered resources” (Allen). We now meet the expectations of many in our community who have come to expect that some, if not most, services we provide are offered in person and online.
According to a Public Library Association survey, more than half of public library respondents reported they have transitioned summer learning programs from in-person to online (American Library Association). Hybrid programming is one way to engage community members who are ready to return to the library while ensuring safety precautions, such as social distancing, are met.
The benefits of hybrid programming are:
- Curbing Zoom fatigue
- Hosting an in-person program while making it available to those at home
- Making available supply kits that can be completed at home, in the library or elsewhere
- Developing innovative on-your-own time activities, which connect patrons to the library off site