Category Archives: Building Communities

Digital Public Library of America Community Reps Application

The Digital Public Library of America is seeking a third class of Community Reps – volunteers who are willing to help us bring DPLA to their local communities. They are especially interested in Reps from these states who currently have no Reps:

District of Columbia, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon

More information and the application can be found on their website. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 13th.

Community Connections Webinar

Colorado State Library in Session is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, June 17th at 12PM Mountain Time titled “Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections.”

The webinar features three librarians from public libraries  who will share their experience in building community relationships. Visit their website for more information on accessing this webinar.

New Location in the Alexandria Co-Working Network

An Arizona State University initiative called the Alexandria Co-Working Network aims to bring people together in collaboration spaces in public libraries across Arizona. The grand opening of their newest space in the Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central Library will take place on Friday, January 17th.

This initiative is led by ASU’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, and was launched with the goal of creating a statewide network of places for people to connect, collaborate and find valuable resources.

Visit Digital Journal for more information on this collaboration.

Michigan libraries and the Secretary of State partner in joint effort

Libraries and the Secretary of State are rolling out a proactive effort to meet the needs of the community. Will this become a model for other states?

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, joined by state and local library officials, today announced a new partnership to improve service for both library and Secretary of State customers….

As part of the joint effort, called ExpressSOS CONNECT – Libraries, libraries across the state will be highlighted as points to access online Secretary of State services. The Secretary of State’s office will also send out regular news updates to libraries with information their users may need, ranging from election reminders to changes in election or driving laws, traffic safety tips and information about how to access Secretary of State services.,4670,7-127–307968–,00.html

Libraries partnering with outside organizations as experiments in engagement

See how libraries in Colorado and Kansas are building new relationships in order to strengthen their roles in their communities.

Expanded initiative in Chicago puts teachers in the library

“Teacher in the Library” a privately funded program assists 58,000 kids with homework at 57 libraries across Chicago. The program is being expanded through a university partnership, facilitated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Thanks to Gary Smith for sending the news our way.

Mobile Labs in Times of Crisis – High Park Fire & Poudre River Public Library District

“As I write this, there is a fire burning in Northern Colorado, just west of Fort Collins. As of the latest update, the High Park fire has burned 36,000 acres and is 0% contained. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated, and displaced families (and animals) are setting up camp at an evacuation center while they wait to hear if their homes survive the fire.

Local Governments use Libraries to Provide Services

WebJunction has expanded on a post originally published in this blog on October 22, 2009.  They have added more information about what governmental and job hunting resources libraries provide to citizens.   Click here to see a list of resources.

ALA Conference 2009: Academic-PL Collaborations Explored

ALA 2009: Alliances include branch library, programs, service opportunities
By Bill Goodwyn — Library Journal, 7/16/2009

“So, how can public libraries and academic libraries work together? Each case depends on local conditions, according to a session titled “Our Town, Common Ground,” presented by the College Libraries Section (CLS) on July 12 at the American Library Association Annual Conference. ”  Read the full article at:

Building Communities through Innovative Applications of Technology

ALA Annual  Conference: PLA Preconferences
Friday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Libraries are integrating technologies into virtual and physical spaces to build interest among traditionally underserved populations, enhance library services by connecting with existing online communities, and create new communities around library services. A variety of websites, Web services, outreach activities, and physical spaces will be discussed, including details of implementation and support.
Advance Tickets: PLA Member, $195