Community relationships

The traditional library was a passive provider, reacting to community needs, expecting the user to come into the facility. The new library actively seeks to ascertain how the it can support the community's formal or aspirational goals. The new library engages its community and serves a a convener, bring community members together.

Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30 since 1995.
guide to resources available about the Affordable Care Act
An interesting article written by an administrator in the Salt Lake City library system discussing how the library has become a daytime shelter for the homeless.
Supporting this growing population is a concern of many, and this book will help you find ways to be creative and take the initiative to build a better service model for these customers.
Broward County Library, located in in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the collection of more than 34,000 public domain titles featured on their ‘Virtual Branch’ website directly available and visible in one of the busiest centers of their community – the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The library can be an important center of community for Latino immigrants. This on-demand webinar helps you maximize the potential of your library to connect with and provide services for Spanish-speaking patrons. Instructor Loida Garcia-Febo presents tips about blending emerging technologies and social media with in-person services such as programming and reference in order to build a library community that welcomes and assists Spanish speakers. She provides successful service examples from libraries in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, and other countries.
Co-author of the popular titles Booktalking Bonanza and The Early Literacy Kit, Betsy Diamant-Cohen brings together 18 examples of successful outreach partnerships that children's librarians and administrators can adapt to their own situations. Contributors from the U.S and Canada explain how they partnered with schools, community organizations, museums, businesses and other agencies to create novel experiences for children across the children's services spectrum (preschool through middle-school).
Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff. With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions.
Is helping residents in your community to Connect to the Online World a service priority in your library now? Do you think it may become a service priority in the future? What types of services and programs might you provide to support this priority? In this PLA Service Response Workbook you will find tools to assess your current services in this area and to identify what would be required to expand those services.
Links, information, and news about control and censorship of the internet
In this article the authors present a review of literature from multiple disciplines pertaining to using eBooks in the classroom in order to understand the underlying literacy and technology related issues and challenges.
As libraries continue to transform their role, librarians find their role changing. This book looks at how the embedded librarian transforms the traditional one-time library instruction in academic libraries.
Diane McNutt and Jane Light, Silicon Valley Reads, will describe this library’s "one book-one community" program in Santa Clara (Calif.) County. Its 2012 program, "Muslim and American -Two Perspectives," featured two books written by American Muslims, ("The Muslim Next Door" by Sumbul Ali-Karamali and "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson). More than 100 programs were presented, including author readings, panel discussions, films, an open house evening at a local mosque and an art exhibit.
Frontline library advocates work at all levels in all types of libraries—public, academic, school and special—and are the internal/external face and voice of the library. They can tell the library’s story and deliver the library’s message at their comfort level and with people they know best. Because every staff member is the face of the library to his/her respective community, each infl uences what the community knows and thinks about the library; and all librarians and library staff are perfectly poised to inform people about their library’s value and needs.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Levine adds to the growing body of content documenting gaming and libraries.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jenny Levine illustrates how librarians can reap positive gains by proactively, creatively, and affordably integrating gaming into the services and programs already offered at libraries.
Resources created by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.
Today’s teens immerse themselves in the world of technology as never before. This book will help librarians, educators, and parents be effective technology mentors for students.
Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Learn all about the growing movement, the benefits to your library and community, and how to form a Choose Civility Chapter in your area.
Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Nearly 100 Howard County businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions actively and passionately support the Choose Civility initiative with more than 65,000 community residents displaying the ubiquitous Choose Civility car magnets.
This page contains a list of resources designed for librarians serving a Spanish-speaking community.
Inside, Outside, and Online provides practical advice and inspiration for building community with your library. Based on a scan of the community and technology environments that libraries operate within, related literature, and the practical experiences of hundreds of library staff actively building communities through their work, the book provides much-needed insights into the essential elements of community building.
The four-year, four-city Working Together Project sent community development librarians into diverse neighborhoods across the country.
This toolkit, compiled with resources, tips, and best practices from expert librarians who deliver exemplary gaming services, is a jumping off point for all types of libraries, serving members of all ages.
Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table.
This book provides a sound background to all aspects of library provision for 6–18 year olds. The book outlines a vision for children’s library services in the next decade and carves out a strategy for engaging with the challenges and opportunities for children’s librarians and policy makers in the Google environment.
Resources for serving new immigrants.
Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. Introducing what autism spectrum disorder is, and identifying the great need to build and manage programs for autistic youth, Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards these children.
Featuring Peggy Cadigan and Rob Banks
As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries’ commitments to open information and accessibility
In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for those who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. An “accidental business reference librarian by trade,” Ross explains how to provide quality reference help on issues from marketing to finance--for business people, students, and even business faculty.
Two companies, one large, one small, are ready to help you digitally map your library.
Academic liaison librarians are a vital link between faculty, students, and library resources. This practical guide presents services in the virtual environment, how to develop new libraries, how to fundraise, and more.
Columns tells remarkable stories of community outreach and community relationships in this time of a continually transforming library roles.
Information on Social Networking News, Resources, ALA Wiki on Online Social Networking, Safety Resources for Young People, and Cyberbullying.
“Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation among ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of presidential initiatives and a continued focus on civic engagement. It takes place on Friday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. Central time.
In the age of ubiquitous access to information and mass digitization of materials, library special collections have received renewed attention, though most of this is focused on making these unique collections available outside of holding institutions through digitization. Beyond “hands-on history,” courses from across the curriculum may be enriched through assignments, experiences, and activities that draw upon or incorporate local or unusual items, primary sources, or material culture – particularly the book as art object or artifact.
In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding. Laura Johnson, deputy director, public services, of the Indianapolis Public Library and Tara Seeley, senior grants officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation, will share their story of engaging the Indianapolis community to successfully advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians.
Library services that target children from birth through teenage years.
This page includes resources for serving a wide range of populations that may be underserved, or where specialized resources are desirable.
Here's a practical manual designed specifically to help librarians conceptualize and then implement an outreach program that will achieve good results.
Taiwan's international airport has opened what it calls the world's first in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease waiting-hall boredom while showcasing the island's high-tech capabilities.
This report illustrates a variety of ways local libraries contribute to community development, looking at multiple layers of involvement:individual, voluntary associations, institutions, economy, place, and, importantly, the stories they tell about themselves in their communities.
The role of the public library is transforming to include an essential function as technology provider and trainer. This issue of Library Technology Reports focuses on the evolution and current state of public-access technologies in public libraries from the perspectives of infrastructure, services, and resources.
The Toronto public library has teamed up with a local comic shop to host their own comic festival.