Community Relations

  • 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...

  • Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless

    When skeptics question the need for public libraries in an era when digital books and materials seem to keep patrons away from the physical space of the library, they make a major assumption. They assume that public libraries are only custodians of p...

  • Libraries are Development

    Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, Presi...

  • Our Trip to the 2014 Next Library Conference

    What does the future hold for public libraries? Makerspaces? More digitization? Increased patron engagement? These topics and more were discussed at the recent Next Library conference in Chicago.

    The c...

  • Libraries in Myanmar are Taking Strides in the Right Direction

    In a recent interview with Alma Freeman, editor of In Asia, the head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, Dr. U Thant Thaw Kaung, talked at length about the challenges and achievements of libraries across Myanmar. Dr. Kaung also leads...

  • Photographs Tell the Tale of Libraries

    In recognition of the role of libraries in social, intellectual, and community life, famous photographers have spent years bearing witness to this institution that continues to form the foundation of democracies around the world.

    Robert Dawson...

  • Pew Research Center shows 7 Surprising Facts about Libraries

    On 30th June, the Pew Research Center published the results of their typology on Americans’ response to public libraries. With a nod to the ALA’s Annual Conference in La...