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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Trailblazer Profile: Norma Fultz, Rio Grande City Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 18 March 2019

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...

Not Just Deodorant: Teen Hygiene Health Center at the Rockwood Makerspace

 News / Last Modified: 14 March 2019

Judith Guzman-Montes, Bilingual Makerspace Library Assistant, at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, created a Teen Hygiene Health Center in the restroom of the Rockwood makerspace to serve the needs of teens visiting the library. Judit...

Tapping Your Team Talents

 News / Last Modified: 05 March 2019

Elizabeth Koenig and the team at Everett Public Library are passionate about bringing fun, creative programming to their community. Many of their best ideas come from tapping into their own team's special talents and hobbies. We asked Elizabeth and h...

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 28 February 2019

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 ...

Are Dogs the New Library Cat?

 News / Last Modified: 29 November 2018

At Red Land Community Library in Etters, Pennsylvania, parents can sign children up for a 15-minute slot to read to a golden retriever. Ella is one of three trained therapy dogs who are among the library's most famous and beloved volunteers. The dogs...

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

 News / Last Modified: 19 November 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.

Reflections on Opioid Crisis Town Hall

 News / Last Modified: 19 November 2018

In collaboration with the Public Library Association, WebJunction hosted the Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses, on September 12, 2017 (see Town Hall Summary). Three months following the event, we surveyed participants, asking them ...