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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New Publications Detail Public Library Responses to the Opioid Crisis

 News / Last Modified: 01 November 2019

OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA) are pleased to announce two new publications which demonstrate how public libraries are responding to the opioid crisis with their communities. The research has resulted in eight case studies and a summar...

Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

 Webinar / Last Modified: 18 October 2019

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.

Programs for Culinary Literacy at the Gwinnett County Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 08 October 2019

The number of libraries offering garden and culinary-focused programming have been "growing" and we love to highlight the ways libraries are innovating in this area. We recently had the opportunity to speak with staff at the Gwinnett County...

Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs

 News / Last Modified: 13 September 2019

Frequently we spot posts on Facebook groups, like ALA Think Tank or the Programming Librarian Interest Group, that get us really excited. Today was one of those days, when we saw a question posted by someone who's library has just opened a renovated ...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

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

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

 Webinar / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

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.

ConnectED Library Challenge Summit

 News / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

The White House hosted a convening on Tuesday, with mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from approximately 50 cities and counties, as part of a national initiative to connect students to public library system resour...