Partnerships & Collaboration

  • Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times

    As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public ...

  • Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 2

    In part 2 of the series, Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explore how libraries assess community needs in relation to outdoor tourism and recreation economies, and ex...

  • Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 1

    Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, reflect on preliminary research into how rural counties with outdoor tourism and recreation economies benefit from population sta...

  • Library as a Social Assistance Office

    With a determined stride and a big smile, Ida Abolins walks over to the writing desk at the window of the library in San Francisco and asks a young man bending over a pile of paper, "How are you doing?"

    Overlooking the lavish City ...

  • A Race to Save the Planet: Public Libraries Lead Climate Change Effort

    How is your library supporting the community in addressing questions about climate change? Do you think there is more you could do? The staff at the Mill Valley Public Library in California knew that they could do more and set out to engage the commu...

  • Minnesota State Law Library Partners with Saint Paul Public Library to Promote Access to Justice

    Law libraries can provide people with information, forms, and legal aid references to help them with their legal questions. Too often, however, people either don’t know that law libraries exist or may be intimidated to visit them, a...

  • Cyber Legal Clinics Create Access to Employment at Wicomico Public Libraries

    Free legal representation can be hard to access in rural communities and filing legal documents without representation can be costly and confusing. To improve access to civil legal justice for low-income community members, Wicomico Public Libraries p...

  • Programs for Culinary Literacy at the Gwinnett County Public Library

    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...

  • Always Be Listening: How Public Libraries are Approaching Community Engagement as a Mindset

    ALA Annual is always overflowing with sessions to help library staff take a step back and think about their libraries, services, and approach to their communities. This year was no exception, and there were many stand-out sessions dedicated to rethin...

  • Planning a Library Con or Pop Culture Festival

    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...