Working with Community Groups

Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
Website: The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
http://www.libraryvision.org/
The Aspen Institute report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, includes valuable information on community building.

Building Meaningful Relationships through Community Engagement
Article: Public Libraries Online
http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2018/04/building-meaningful-relationships-through-community-engagement/
Article focusing on the importance of community engagement including tips and best practices.

Community Engagement and Fundraising
Webinar: American Libraries Live
https://alapublishing.webex.com/ec3300/eventcenter/recording/recordAction.do?theAction=poprecord&siteurl=alapublishing&entappname=url3300&internalRecordTicket=4832534b00000004a62a04bc044832ac81c186c7ea381a38af131b51225b782cf35fc34e4652c44b&renewticket=0&isurlact=true&format=short&rnd=4875513343&RCID=311ee5da94554254a5fe50682aec93ba&rID=16545612&needFilter=false&recordID=16545612&apiname=lsr.php&AT=pb&actappname=ec3300&&SP=EC&entactname=%2FnbrRecordingURL.do&actname=%2Feventcenter%2Fframe%2Fg.do
Panel discussion on building productive community relations.

Get Out of the Library: Embedding Librarians in Our Communities
Article: American Libraries Magazine
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/05/01/embedded-librarians-get-out-library/
Article that discusses the benefits of “embedded” librarians within community groups.

Putting the Public Back in Public Libraries: Community-Led Libraries
Webinar: OCLC WebJunction
https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Putting_the_Public_Back_in_Public_Libraries_Community-Led_Libraries.html
Case study of four Canadian libraries that focused on finding ways to be relevant to the needs of underserved communities.

Effectively Collaborating with Other Libraries and Partners
Article: Techsoup
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/Cookbooks/Planning%20for%20Success/
Communication%20and%20Partnerships/effectively-collaborating-with-other-l

This Techsoup article discusses the benefits of collaboration with examples of what partners and libraries can do well. Quick downloads include a Planning for Success Cookbook and a Planning for Success Toolkit.

Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way
Article: American Libraries Magazine
http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2012/06/13/community-reference-making-libraries-indispensable-in-a-new-way/
Amy Long, Colbe Galston, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, and Katherine Johnson talk about different ways that you can build a relationship with other organizations, embed librarians around your community, and provide better services.

Working with Community Action Groups: Local Activism Series
PDF: Raising Voices
http://raisingvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/downloads/Activism/SBL/WorkingCommunityActionGroups.pdf
Raising Voices workbook provides steps for finding and deciding on community action groups (special focus on groups for women). 

The Little Library that Could (and Did!)
Webinar: Big Talk From Small Libraries
http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/previous-conferences/2015-presentations/the-little-library-that-could-and-did/
This recorded conference presentation discusses the effect a small library can have on a town in New York.