Community Relations

  • Encouraging Health Information Discovery in Libraries

    We've all heard the saying before, perhaps from an educator, a parent, or even a librarian - "You don’t know what you don’t know." On the one hand, this phrase is a humbling reminder that there are limits to personal knowledge. On the other...

  • Making Connections: Libraries and Essential Human Services

    There are times when the needs of a patron goes beyond our immediate services or an individual's comfort zone. You can probably think of a recent example right now. Knowing where to refer a customer or who to call in your community can really help. W...

  • Financial Education Tools for Libraries from CFPB

    As you may know, we've been participating in an OpenIDEO challenge related to libraries and financial literacy. We've been learning about a variety of approaches to financial education, and also wanted to be sure libraries are aware of all the fantas...

  • Research in Context: Making an Impact in Library Communities

    At the 2015 ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago, Chrystie Hill, Director of OCLC's Community Relations, shared insights on how her team (including WebJunction), seeks to translate the knowledge, evidence and models available to public libraries, and ...

  • Vote for Our ALA Ignite Session: Advocacy in Action

    Going to ALA this summer? Pick your favorite ignite session proposals by March 31 to boost their chance of being selected. Decisions are based in part (30%) on votes from ALA members.

    If you want to get inspired by an ignite session about key ...

  • Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

    A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...

  • IMLS Survey Report: Public Libraries in FY2012

    This week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics....

  • Building Rural Prosperity with the Rural Information Center

    Perhaps especially in rural communities, libraries provide key points of connection with the broader world, serving as windows on faraway places, other cultures, and diverse perspectives. But libraries can also help deepen our ties to the places we l...

  • Community-Centered Awareness: Impacts and Outcomes of Geek the Library

    In the recent webinar Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes, we focused on the campaign’s ability to spark natural conversation by asking the question, "What do you geek?"

    You can translate "geek" in a few ways -- What do ...

  • Embracing Principles of Connected Learning

    The power of teen leadership is at the center of a new report from The Institute of Museum and Library Services on Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: Transformative Spaces for Teens. Teens empowered to participate, experiment, and colla...