For immediate release | September 16, 2014

Your library needs community partnerships: How to get it done

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of a popular workshop, Your Library Needs Community Partnerships: How to Get it Done with Paul Signorelli. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

Building partnerships with community businesses and organizations is a fantastic way for libraries to address the increased demand for library services that coincides with current funding cuts. These partnerships offer the opportunity to engage with influential members of the community who can help raise funds for new services as well as showcase the library’s value.
In this workshop, Paul Signorelli will show you how to build productive community partnerships that will help your library engage in meaningful projects while enhancing its standing in the community.
Topics include:
  • How collaborations are developed
  • Identifying potential partners within a community
  • How to identify economic, educational and social needs that libraries and businesses both meet
  • Completing a needs assessment in order to develop focused projects
  • Techniques for bringing stakeholders together
  • How to develop a flexible plan of action and provide ongoing evaluation
  • Expanding existing partnerships for long-term sustainability

About the Instructor

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years’ experience as a learning leader for libraries and other organizations and businesses. As director of staff training and volunteer services at the San Francisco Public Library system, he created, implemented and managed numerous training plans. He continues to serve as a writer,trainer, onsite and online presenter, and consultant for a variety of organizations and remains active in the American Library Association Learning Round Table and with ASTD (the American Society for Training & Development), where he has held leadership positions at the local and national level. He can be reached at through his website, and through his Building Creative Bridges blog.

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Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing