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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Planning a Library Con or Pop Culture Festival

 News / Last Modified: 23 May 2019

Librarian Recommended blogger, Elia Juarez, shares her experience and expertise on planning and hosting a LibraryCon.

We hosted our library's sixth LibraryCon on May 4 (with over 650 attendees!), and each year, we've learned somethi...

Big Talk (Ideas, Collaboration, Difference) from Small Libraries 2016

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 2019

The fifth annual Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference was once again a showcase of the great work small libraries do across the United States and Canada. On February 26, 470 attendees from all over North America listened in on 12 speakers ...

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 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 ...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 11 April 2019

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

Tapping Your Team Talents

 News / Last Modified: 28 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...

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...