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Summer Reading Program

The Collaborative Summer Library Program

How the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Works

CSLP currently consists of 50 member states plus American Samoa, Cayman Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam, Mariana Islands, and Micronesia (Federated States of), to see a list go to the Member section of their site.

Each state has input into decisions made by the CSLP, such as future summer reading topics, according to the number of public libraries in the state. Nebraska has seven votes. Two representatives and the state coordinator represent Nebraska at annual meetings where the year's business is discussed and decisions are made. To learn more about CSLP go to If you'd like more information on this topic please watch the NCompass Live Recorded session that Sally did: Summer Reading Programs: Who Chooses the Theme? it's under 1 hour.

Nebraska has been a member of CSLP since 1997.We are currently represented by Sally Snyder (state coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission). An email is sent to librarians via the CHILDLIB-L mail group asking for input and votes for their topic preferences and slogan choices. The Nebraska votes are tallied and the top five choices are presented at the all-states CSLP Annual Meeting, where much discussion finally results in topics and slogans that everyone is willing to accept. The CSLP representatives from each state make an effort to achieve consensus.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nebraska's Participation in the CSLP

For Nebraska, the advantages of membership in the CSLP are quality materials at lower prices, a wider range of selections, a broader sharing of creative ideas, and less time invested at the state level on this annual program. The disadvantages are perhaps less local ownership of the program and a less efficient decision-making process. The effects of these "disadvantages" will probably be minimized as CSLP participants gain more experience working together. Another possible disadvantage of CSLP participation for Nebraska libraries is that the minimum quantity of materials is greater than they have need for or more expensive than they can afford. It is hoped that Nebraska libraries will view this "disadvantage" as an opportunity to work together and place joint orders.

For more information, contact Sally Snyder.