How can you make your library the heart of the community? To survive and thrive in the current political and fiscal climate, libraries must reflect their communities’ needs and wants.
Learn the basics of turning outward to engage with your community and make your library more relevant and beloved than ever, with small changes or bold new projects.
At a glance
- What does it mean to “turn outward?”
- Assessing your library’s current role in the community
- Community engagement techniques
- Leaving the library to know your community
- Integrating community engagement into your organizational culture
Participants are required to:
- Read weekly assignments
- Participate in online discussions in reaction to readings and peers’ posts
- Plan a community engagement activity
Cindy Fesemyer is the director of the Columbus (WI) Public Library. Cindy was trained in community engagement using Harwood Institute techniques and learned other community organizing tools in her previous career managing non-profit organizations.