Outreach

  • Belgrade Community Library: Small and Unstoppable

    When the Library Journal Best Small Library challenge rolled around, the Belgrade Community Library (BCL) outside of Bozeman, Montana, almost didn’t apply because "we thought we were too small." Their small staff and small budget doesn’t st...

  • Books and Beyond: Dynamic Programming for Adults

    Books and Beyond | As library lovers, we know the power books possess to encourage, incite, and expose us. Audrey Barbakoff, Adult Services Manager with Kitsap Regional Library, regularly exposes members of her community to new ideas, and to each oth...

  • Making Connections: Libraries and Essential Human Services

    There are times when the needs of a patron goes beyond our immediate services or an individual's comfort zone. You can probably think of a recent example right now. Knowing where to refer a customer or who to call in your community can really help. W...

  • Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

    A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...

  • Community-Centered Awareness: Impacts and Outcomes of Geek the Library

    In the recent webinar Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes, we focused on the campaign’s ability to spark natural conversation by asking the question, "What do you geek?"

    You can translate "geek" in a few ways -- What do y...

  • Revisiting the Book Lady of New Orleans

    We all serve our communities by providing access to books and other resources in our libraries. Many of us struggle with tight budgets and talented but highly overworked staff. Some of us deal with similar situations under adverse circumstances, and,...

  • Outside the Lines: A Chat with Stacie Ledden and Amber DeBerry

    Have you felt the need to re-state the purpose and role of your library in the community? Have you wondered if patrons and community members can be re-introduced to the dynamic center of community your library has evolved into? That is exactly what O...

  • For Social Good: Libraries and the Sharing Economy

    Have you ever wondered what the sharing economy is, and how libraries fit in?  TechSoup's July webiner, "Kickstarter, Uber, Airbnb, Oh My! What the Sharing Economy Means for Social Good," offers a good explanation and includes specific...

  • 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 ...