Building Community

March 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the table. ~Cathy de Rosa

I have just returned from the Public Library Association (PLA) conference, and everywhere there was talk of building community. PLA’s leadership development efforts include an emphasis on being at the table, welcoming partnerships, and participating in public policy dialogue. Those who have participated in the Gates-funded OCLC initiative, Geek the Library, talked about the community-building aspects of that campaign. Along with faculty from Valdosta State University, I talked to a group about how we might best teach community building skills in the MLIS program to prepare students to do this important work in their public library careers.

How does your public library engage in community-building? Are library leaders at the table when important community discussions are held and decisions are made? Does it help position your library for greater support?

For the benefit of all of us, please share your experiences and ideas.

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Entry filed under: Valdosta State University.

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