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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Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help!

 Webinar / Last Modified: 16 January 2018

A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.

Reflections on Opioid Crisis Town Hall

 News / Last Modified: 11 January 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 ...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 10 January 2018

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

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 08 January 2018

Upon hearing news of First Lady Michelle Obama's surprise visit to school and community gardens, we thought it would be a good time to collect together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden ...

Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

 Webinar / Last Modified: 21 December 2017

In this webinar, learn the tools and tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and for incorporating lunches into your summer reading program.

Racial Equity in the Library, Part One: Where to Start?

 News / Last Modified: 20 December 2017

For this two-part series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex and broad issue: racial equity in the library. As we participate in conversations about the future of the library and its critical place within community, equity issues continue to surfa...

Civil Legal Aid Program at the Cleveland Public Library Meets Local Needs

 News / Last Modified: 12 December 2017

The Cleveland Public Library and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland had been working in partnership for years, offering several legal aid workshops on general topics that were open to the public. But Aaron Mason, the library's Assistant Director, Out...

Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data

 News / Last Modified: 08 December 2017

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...