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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Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2018

Libraries have long supported patrons who want to improve their health by providing access to books on health-related topics, online medical databases such as PubMed, and even cookbooks that support healthy eating. Those core services continue today,...

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 23 April 2018

We're collecting together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden programming. Many public libraries are connecting to community partners and transforming spaces to engage patrons of all ages ...

Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: A Town Hall Summary

 News / Last Modified: 12 April 2018

The opioid overdose and addiction crisis is crashing through American cities and towns. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, now kill 91 people each day and the number of opioid associated deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data

 News / Last Modified: 12 April 2018

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them. We've begun to collect links to news, resource...

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

 Webinar / Last Modified: 12 April 2018

WebJunction and PLA invites libraries and their community partners to join this virtual town hall discussion about current library needs and possible responses to the nation's opioid crisis.

Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level

 Webinar / Last Modified: 30 March 2018

This webinar presents innovative approaches to establishing community-led partnerships, grown from relationships built on shared goals and values.

A Spark of Inspiration Creates Community Engagement

 News / Last Modified: 13 March 2018

Ashe County Public Library's Involving Books launched in spring 2017 and for two months, the library ran a series of programs and events connected to the theme of supporting the local economy and healthy eating. The first book selected for the progra...