Partnerships & Collaboration

  • Expanding Opportunities for Incarcerated Parents and Their Families at the Free Library of Philadelphia

    The Free Library of Philadelphia has spent several years working on building a relationship and programs with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons on a program to connect incarcerated individuals to books and to their families. The library recently...

  • Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

    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...

  • Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

    A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

  • Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations

    This past summer my library system, Sno-Isle Libraries, held a series of four community forums on the topic of teen suicide throughout the two-county library district we serve in western Washington; this was the 12th topic around which we'd created a...

  • Begin Building Partnerships for Early Learning at Your Library Today

    Cross-sector collaboration is essential to support sustainable community outcomes. This principle continues to take hold in the library field and beyond, through efforts like the Community Catalyst Initiative led by the Institute of Museum and Librar...

  • Autism Accessible Browsing: a Community Effort at the Iowa City Public Library

    It's a simple enough story: two parents saw a need at their library, took initiative and worked with library staff to hold a program. On second glance, though, there is a lot libraries can learn from the experience of this group of three - spanning i...

  • Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

    If you are looking for an impressive number of resources, templates and ideas on how to reach and serve entrepreneurs at your library, then look no further than the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library.

    Laura Metzler, Sma...

  • Austin Public Library, Dozens of Partners Work toward Digital Empowerment

    Austin Public Library has long been a leader in providing public access to information through its 23 locations. But a recent partnership opportunity called DECA is magnifying efforts across the community to ensure that every Austin resident has the ...

  • Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

    In April 2015, President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Library Challenge, an effort to "put a library card in the hand of every student," and in January 2016 the White House hosted a convening of representatives from about 50 of the ...

  • Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

    Since late 2014, when protests in Ferguson, MO, brought national attention to #BlackLivesMatter and the racial justice movement, many people—myself included—have been struggling to find age-appropriate ways to talk with youth about race, racism and c...