Building Community Relationships for Better Library Services
Explore strategies for finding community partners and building relationships with them with the goal of truly working in collaboration with people they serve.
Many libraries are increasingly focused on planning library services collaboratively with their communities. Connected Learning, Participatory Design, and Community Led-Libraries are becoming standard practice, but to successfully embark on that work, the first (and ongoing!) thing library staff need to do is build robust and meaningful connections within their communities. In this session, we will explore strategies for finding community partners and building relationships with them with the goal of truly working in collaboration with people they serve. We will discuss strategies for small rural libraries up through large urban systems. You will hear from library staff who have successfully started doing this work in their own communities with partners who serve all ages. You will also learn about the importance of this work and why it needs to be supported by administrators and supervisors.
- Sara White, Youth Services Consultant at the Washington State Library
- Stephanie Zero, Operations Manager at Crossroads Library, King County Library System (WA)
- Elissa Burnley, Assistant Programs Manager at Mid-Columbia Libraries (WA)
- Rachel Beckman, Teen Services Librarian at Sno-Isle Libraries (WA)
For more info and to register visit here: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/building-community-relationships.html