The Language of Conservation: A Case Study in Library-Zoo Partnerships

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses “The Language of Conservation: A Case Study in Library-Zoo Partnerships,” where attendees learned about a groundbreaking collaboration that created poetry installations in zoos and related programming at libraries in five cities.

Celebrating Latino Culture and Food

Yesterday, the Fullerton (Ca.) Public Library (FPL) hosted a celebration of Latino food as part of Gustavo Arellano’s “Awesome Lecture Series!” Arellano, a lecturer with Cal State Fullerton’s (CSUF) Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, gave a brief presentation on the history of Latino food in Orange County. In addition, Arellano invited some of his students to present oral histories they had collected from local Latino restaurant owners.

Making a Difference Together

Partnerships are critical to what we do every day. Their value cannot be underestimated. By working together it allows us to go beyond simply doing “more with less,” to doing “more with more.” Public libraries are in a unique position to act as a catalyst for innovative community development initiatives. Proactively reaching out to our community stakeholders enables us to improve services and leverage limited resources to build better communities.

Getting the Most from Your Museum/Library Partnership

Perhaps it’s a symptom of the economy and diminishing resources, but there is more talk than ever about partnerships and collaboration in all types of organizations, including libraries and other nonprofits. We are being urged to “maximize resources,” “leverage assets,” and “avoid duplication” in the work we do. At the American Library Association’s Annual Conference this year, every program I attended (as well as the one I presented!) mentioned partnerships and collaboration.


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