Community Relations

  • The Giving Garden: An OCLC Day of Caring

    Every fall, the OCLC Seattle regional office has the opportunity to participate in our local United Way’s Day of Caring, an annual volunteer day dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.

    As a global...

  • Geekhunt: Geek the Library in Austin, Texas

    So you're visiting Austin, Texas, sitting outside enjoying some local barbecue, and a bus passes by featuring three things: a stunning photo of Grammy nominated local band Grupo Fantasma, the Austin Public Library logo, and the message: "Nosenlo...

  • The App Days of Summer

    Developing a partnership, developing an app - San José Public Library acknowledges that being in Silicon Valley, they may have more technology opportunities than some. For instance, when the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership appeared, they were right...

  • Revisiting the Book Lady of New Orleans

    We all serve our communities by providing access to books and other resources in our libraries. Many of us struggle with tight budgets and talented but highly overworked staff. Some of us deal with similar situations under adverse circumstances, and,...

  • Outside the Lines: A Chat with Stacie Ledden and Amber DeBerry

    Have you felt the need to re-state the purpose and role of your library in the community? Have you wondered if patrons and community members can be re-introduced to the dynamic center of community your library has evolved into? That is exactly what O...

  • For Social Good: Libraries and the Sharing Economy

    Have you ever wondered what the sharing economy is, and how libraries fit in?  TechSoup's July webiner, "Kickstarter, Uber, Airbnb, Oh My! What the Sharing Economy Means for Social Good," offers a good explanation and includes specific...

  • Open to Possibilities

    Do you have great ideas to advocate for your library? Maybe you have charted ways to raise awareness about your programs, but who will go out of the library and do the work? You have a wonderful but already over-stretched staff. Do you have a good te...

  • Re-Imagining Public Libraries

    The Atlantic Monthly video-essay 'Why Libraries Matter' follows people around New York's boroughs as they talk about why they visit public libraries. Whether their patrons are completing unfinished college degrees, filling out online applications to ...

  • Public Libraries Promote Health

    The recently published 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Report reveals some key features about public libraries in USA and how they serve their communities. Funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and conducted by the American Libr...

  • New Information? No Problem.

    It is well known by now that community-based organizations were instrumental in enrolling more than eight million people in the health insurance marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the first open enrollment period...