Librarians Build Communities: Skills-based volunteering in action

June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm 1 comment

Another focus on community building by librarians..

Librarians Build Communities was proposed as a project for the ALA Emerging Leaders 2011 and 2012 groups in order to transform and expand the annual day of service that began at ALA Annual in 2006 (sometimes also referred to as “Libraries Build Communities”) to an ongoing advocacy program that connects librarians and library staff who want to volunteer with organizations in need of their skill sets. The program provides librarians the opportunity to give back to and expand their patron base while at the same time increasing awareness of the specialized skills and knowledge that librarians possess.

See history of the project here.

Entry filed under: community building.

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  • 1. Angela Ferguson  |  June 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I like the idea of librarians helping to build their communities by volunteering. I would definitely participate in this program. In my area we have an organization called “Interfaith Hospitality.” My church was able to partner with this organization by sponsoring several families. We showed hospitality by providing our guests with food, shelter, and company during the week they lived in our church. This organization needs volunteers to come to the day shelter and spend time with the children. A librarian could read to the children or play with them.


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