Partnerships & Collaboration

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When the library builds partnerships, it strengthens the ties to its community, shares resources, and builds positive relationships with diverse stakeholders. Reaching out to initiate community partnerships begins with identifying both traditional and non-traditional partners and exploring new ways to work together. Effective collaborations are sustained through a shared commitment to serving the ever-changing needs of the community.

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A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 16 March 2017

The Avon Lake Public Library (OH) created a children's garden. They provided the opportunity for young patrons to learn about farming, farm animals, and raising food, as well as the experience of digging in the dirt and planting, harvesting and eatin...

Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

 News / Last Modified: 14 March 2017

The ancient Chinese proverb says "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." My library, the Middle Tyger Library, a branch of the Spartanburg County (SC) Public Libraries, borrowed...

Civility Goes Viral: A New Approach for a New Era

 Webinar / Last Modified: 27 February 2017

This webinar presents Choose Civility, a community-wide initiative inviting respect, empathy, and consideration at every opportunity, and made available to libraries to implement locally.

Collaboration Resources

 Document / Last Modified: 21 February 2017

Libraries are developing and enhancing collaboration skills and building partnerships in response to patron workforce development needs. Help build this list of collaboration resources.

Communication and Partnerships - Tools

 Document / Last Modified: 21 February 2017

From Planning for Success Cookbook. Checklists and assessment matrices to accompany the Communication and Partnerships section.