Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Case Studies

In 2020 and 2021, the American Library Association selected 567 libraries to receive grants through Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small & Rural Libraries. The public, academic, school, and tribal libraries represent 48 U.S. states.

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Case Studies

Case Study: Owl's Head (Maine) Village Library   Case Study: Wright Memorial Public Library, Oakwood, Ohio

Case Study: Montour Falls (N.Y.) Library   Case Study: North Liberty (Iowa) Library

Case Study: Tipp City (Ohio) Public Library   Case Study: Hewitt (Texas) Public Library

Case Study: Coos Bay (Ore.) Public Library   Case Study: Waimea (HI) Public Library

Case Study: Essex (Conn.) Library Association   Case Study: George McCone Memorial County Library, Circle, Mont.

Case Study: Laurel (Del.) Public Library   Case Study: Parker Memorial Library, Sulphur, Okla.

Blog Posts

Blog: Good Programs Start Small: Attendance Doesn't Equal Success   Blog: Hosting Difficult Conversations at the Library

Blog: Building Technological Capacity for Small and Rural Libraries   Blog: Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health at the Library

Blog: Anywhere & Everywhere: Where Do Library Programs Happen?   Blog: Holding Space: Conversations to Build Community Trust

Blog: Mutual Support: Libraries and Community Partners   Blog: Tackling Community Issues: What Would You Discuss?

Blog: Coming Together Through Music: Combating Isolation in Small and Rural Libraries   Blog: Fighting for Accessibility in Small and Rural Libraries

Blog: Making Change Sustainable: Strategic Planning   Blog: Becoming an “Untraditional” Library

Blog: Cultivating Community Outside of Class: A Look at School and Academic Libraries   Blog: How Small and Rural Libraries Combat Misinformation

Blog: 3 Ways to Reach Elected Officials: Building Key Support Relationships   Blog: Why Start From Scratch? Leveraging Existing Resources to Increase Community Engagement

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Get started with the free e-course, "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries."

LTC: Accessible Small and Rural Communities will offer more than $7 million in grants to better serve people with disabilities.

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Learn basic facilitation skills with ALA's free guide, "Leading Conversations in Small and Rural Libraries."