Community Relations

  • 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...

  • Inquisitive Leadership in Action

    Community members visit their libraries to explore topics that span the wealth of human knowledge, and drive ideas for public library programs that address their interests and needs. Library staff members work diligently to prioritize and adapt insti...

  • Connecting with International and Immigrant Patrons in Their Own Languages

    Many public libraries across the country offer specialized classes or programs to reach out to their non-English speaking patrons. For example, in order to help its adult patrons develop English language skills in speaking and writing, the King Count...

  • Pew Type-ifies Library Users with New Quiz

    Back in March, The Internet Project at Pew Research released the results from their library engagement poll, From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers-and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America. This week Pew has released a suppleme...

  • Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves

    Aarhus Public Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark, built their new library using a process they call Participatory Democracy in Action. They did so by asking their community the question, "If everything is online, why come to the library at all?" ...