Partnerships & Collaboration

  • 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...

  • Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities

    Library programs for new audiences often suffer from "if we build it, they will come" syndrome. So, if we know simply offering a new program to a new audience isn't likely to be as successful as we want, then what are strategies to ensure b...

  • Igniting a Love of Reading: CCPL's SPARK Program Removes Barriers

    Many public libraries offer a summer reading program, but the IMLS National Medal award-winning Cecil County Public Library's program is unique in its focus. Sociologist Karl Alexander's 30-year longitudinal study of socioeconomic differences in chil...

  • Trailblazer Profile: Norma Fultz, Rio Grande City Public Library

    Library rock stars - we all know a few and can't wait to know more. They are full of passion, constantly form connections and seek to support their community in as many ways as possible. One library rock star we'd like you to know is Norma Gomez Fult...

  • Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library

    One of my favorite things about public libraries is how visible and tangible learning is in these community spaces. Patrons from all over question, consider, explore and persevere within the information universe. Perhaps most invigorating for public ...