Partnerships and Collaboration

Naming and Framing Public Issues

The ALA Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life host a ffree webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.

Session 1: “Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues," explores hows to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices, and how to uncover the deeper concerns of communities. Recorded Oct. 14, 2014. View the recorded presentation

Convening Forums @ your library: A Four-Part Series

This four-part series discusses deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening; how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities; and the logistics involved in planning a forum.

Mutual Affection: Partnering with Local Rescue Groups for Pet Therapy Events

In the past few years, it seems that every academic cycle brings more news of universities using therapy dogs to ease the stress of students during finals week. One of the first instances to hit mainstream media was the report in the March 21, 2011, New York Times that the much revered Yale Law School was now circulating a certified pet therapy dog named Monty through their library. It was clear that America’s growing inclusion of pets into everyday lives was making its way into our libraries.

Bringing Writers to Readers: A Partnership That Works

The future of bookselling often seems cloudy in this rapidly changing digital world, but the future of reading is clear. As publishers struggle to determine the best way to produce and market books in this new digital era, non-profit organizations whose mission is to encourage reading must continue to find ways to connect writers and readers. As resources shrink, creativity and partnerships become even more vital.

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.

No Library Is an Island: Community Collaborations

Gone are the days when the library stood in splendid isolation. Libraries partner with all kinds of organizations to deliver programs and produce audiences. Partnerships can have pitfalls, often because one side or the other expects something that doesn’t get delivered. But more libraries than ever are reporting that successful collaborations are central to their planning and no longer an afterthought.

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.

Collaboration @ Your School Library

As a middle school librarian, I am responsible for many tasks: managing a small library, teaching information skills, promoting reading, and collaborating on instruction with classroom teachers. One duty that does not seem required, though, is providing stimulating programming for students. Sure, my school appreciates when I moderate book clubs or host an author visit, but if I did not offer these events, I’m not sure anyone would complain. In speaking with my peers, I found there is often little programming expectations for school librarians.

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