Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions
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Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions

Release Date: December, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 256
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-387-4
ISBN13: 9781613503874|ISBN10: 1613503873|EISBN13: 9781613503881
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Description:

Public libraries must connect to their local communities. Considering modern funding constraints, this can be best done by collaborating and partnering with other local organizations.

Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions shows how these partnerships can be cultivated through projects, programming, funding, and extending the library’s presence through unique avenues. With a diverse set of contributions from state, local, educational, penal, and governmental libraries that actively pursue community involvement in a myriad of ways and through varying levels of commitment, the examples presented in this book will give librarians a better understanding of what might be possible for their unique requirements and limitations. This publication focuses on practical applications such as navigating an era of budget cuts and sparse resources to post-project analysis of programs that did not work effectively alongside success stories and ideas for the future.

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Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Literacy Programs
  • Business-Library Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Community Awareness
  • Community Outreach
  • Educational Programming
  • Employment Workshops
  • Funding
  • Libraries and Communities
  • Library Management
  • Partnerships
Reviews & Statements

The purpose of this collection of case studies is not to give a 'how-to' on forming partnerships, but to give a series of examples of actual partnerships. The commonality is that all of these are based on public libraries coming into partnership with a community entity, educational institution, business, or other organization. Some of these examples are large and complex, others are smaller and simpler. These case studies have been grouped into some very general categories, but they are by no means exhaustive. The partnerships between public libraries and other institutions can be established in myriad ways and through varying levels of commitment.

– Karen Ellis, Taylor Public Library, USA

Intended for public libraries in particular, the chapters provide examples and cases of successful collaborations organized into four areas or types: with government and social service agencies, targeted to specific programs or populations, serving the incarcerated, and educational with a focus on preK-12.[...] This is useful reading for those librarians in public settings who wish to collaborate more with the community and for students of library science to gain an understanding of outreach and collaboration/partnerships that work.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

With library funding continually under threat, it is timely to produce a resource providing ideas of how libraries can remain relevant through connecting to their communities. 18 contributors spanning a range of US state, local, educational, prison and governmental libraries, this collection provides readers with 14 examples of public libraries working with local organisations or institutions to connect with different communities. The content and examples provided are useful in providing public librarians with a better understanding of what might be possible for their unique requirements and limitations.

– The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 62, No. 2 -Sharon Uthmann, Bellingen Shire Council
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Karen Ellis has been Director of the Taylor Public Library (TPL), TX, since 2004. She received her B.A. in English (1984) and Master’s in Library Science (1985) from Brigham Young University and has been working in public libraries in Texas since 1985. Karen started her professional career at the Victoria Public Library in south Texas, became a branch manager for the Harris County Public Library System in Houston, then Assistant Director for Public Services for the Nicholson Memorial Library System in the Dallas area, and finally Director of TPL (located northeast of Austin). She has reviewed books for Kliatt from 1986 to 2000 and for Library Journal since 1991.
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