Libraries are key to strong communities, and each community as a whole comprises many more and diverse groups. Getting to know those groups and individuals can strengthen both the library and the community, and create an encouraging atmosphere for lifelong learning and engagement.
Serving homeless youth, for example, is becoming a greater need across the United States. Read more about efforts by libraries on that front and how you might consider engaging with youth experiencing homelessness.
Later this month, WebJunction will host a free webinar Community Engagement: Serving Diverse Communities Where They Are, which will explore what it means to provide inclusive outreach to and engagement with members of your local community.
Stepping outside the library as a reference librarian was once taboo, but is now happening regularly. Our latest free WebJunction self-paced course presents exactly how you can reach out to your community with reference to learn more about the reference needs of your community and how your library can help provide answers.
Stay tuned as we at WebJunction highlight stories and examples of community engagement in the month of January!