Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector

February 14, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Course Instructor:  Jane Salisbury 

Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector

Are you looking for new ways to connect your library with your community? Do you want to promote community discourse and build capacity for civic engagement? Connecting people to each other and to local government is a traditional role of libraries that is expanding in new ways. Creative programs and partnerships bring people together, both face-to-face and online. Community one-book reading programs, citizenship and civics programs, Facebook and Twitter campaigns, literacy programs and library participation in local community events, among other efforts, establish the library as a vital connector in its community.

This course will inform and support you in your efforts to form community partnerships and to enhance civic life in your community. Together we’ll explore:

  • Community and civic engagement as concepts: what they are and why they are important to libraries
  • How government, non-profits and libraries can build useful and innovative relationships
  • Assessing local interests and needs
  • Targeting specific groups in your community
  • Public forums in libraries: how to handle hot topics and reach consensus
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