Building Connections with Community Assets
June 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Explore strategies for connecting with community assets in-person and online as a step toward developing a more community-centered library.
The Aspen Institute’s influential report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, (2014) predicted that the most effective public libraries will be the ones with services that prioritize and support local community goals. The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial reckoning around the country require even more flexibility and adaptability as community needs change and as libraries more intentionally deploy resources in the communities they serve. This webinar will provide an opportunity to contrast traditional community outreach with community engagement principles and discuss community asset mapping as a tool for engagement. Presenters will also share lessons learned about community networking in the context of COVID-19 and encourage participants to share their own experiences.
We hope you will join us for parts 2 and 3 of this series on community-centered libraries, which will be offered on July 8 and August 5. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Presented by :: Lisa Jane Erwin, Central Public Services Division, Free Library of Philadelphia and Tierre Graves, Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library, Free Library of Philadelphia