Wanted: Your Ideas!

January 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm 2 comments

Exciting news! Applications are being accepted now for the IMLS grant scholarship program, “Librarians Build Communities.” We hope you’ll help us spread the word. First-round applications are due March 31. There will be two additional opportunities to apply. For more information and a downloadable application form, click here.

We’d love to hear from you on this blog about what this community building concept means to you in the context of public library work. We are developing the curriculum for this special MLIS program now, and your comments will help us shape the program.

Also, we will be hosting a talk table at the PLA national conference in Portland on Thursday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the conference, we hope you’ll stop by and talk to us in person.

So…how have you participated in community building? What does community building through public library work look like?


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Librarians Build Communities Program Funded by IMLS–a GPLS and VSU Partnership Communities Thrive@Your Library

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nelson Fredsell  |  March 11, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I would be interested to know whether any librarians in Georgia are involved in outreach to county jails and state prisons. Various public libraries throughout the country, like Mecklenburg County, NC / Charlotte, provide examples of successful programs. Might Georgians build community life in this way? A related topic would be family literacy whereby a parent is in prison, and reads to his/her children on video.

    An inspiring outline by those in the know: Library Services to the Incarcerated: Applying the Public Library Model in Correctional Facility Libraries

  • 2. Lyn  |  March 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Nelson, I know that DeKalb County Library does outreach to prisons. You may want to contact them. Thanks for the link.


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