We all want our libraries to be more than just repositories for books – we also want them to be thriving centers in the community. However, it can seem like an overwhelming task to actually develop connections in the community.
That’s where the Community Tool Box can come in handy. Brought to you by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, the Community Tool Box is a “free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change.” It breaks down each step of the process for you.
There is a helpful guide to getting started, outlining the process with links to related resources:
The Learn A Skill section can guide you through chapters relevant to exactly what you need assistance with in your community. There are also Toolkits for specific activities, each with an outline and several examples.
These resources are not specifically tailored to libraries; however, if you attended the Summer Summit symposiums this year, you’ll notice that they focus on several topics that were discussed:
- Creating and Maintaining Partnerships
- Increasing Participation and Membership
- Advocating for Change
- Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
- Writing a Grant Application
What’s going on in your community? What would you like to see happen? Share your stories in the comments!