Community Engagement Experiences, Strategies & Techniques

360 Communities – an example of a well-established convening process in Burnsville, Minnesota. Their current focus areas are Emergency Food and Family Resources, School Success, and Violence Prevention and Intervention

Book-To-Action –  lets readers put newly found knowledge to work with a community service project related to the book’s topic

Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community: Changing the Nature of the Conversation – 6 questions designed to change communities

Civic Engagement in Your Library Community – a webinar guided tour of the Book-To-Action program and toolkit

Community Building Through Convening – from the Island County (WA) Health Department, is a comprehensive overview of community convening – has a good discussion on how to identify and mobilize potential partners in the effort

Community Engagement resources from the Tamarack Institute Resource Library – other topics include Community Conversations and Evaluation

Community Engagement Toolkit – a basic primer from the British Halton Strategic Partnership

Community-Led Libraries Toolkit – details the experiences and lessons learned from the Working Together project that focused on library culture and social inclusion

Community-Led Service Philosophy Toolkit – Edmonton Public Library’s approach to community engagement work

Connections and Engagement – survey results from the Vancouver Foundation’s 2012 survey

Investing in Civic Engagement and Public Libraries: A Roundtable Discussion with Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, and Julia Stasch (National Civic Review, Winter 2012, pages 5-10) – strategic leaders from three foundations discuss the importance of public libraries to community development and the promotion of civic engagement

Moving Past the Deficit Model and Demonstrating Our Worth (pdf) or the mp3 version – hear R. David Lankes, Professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship, Syracuse University’s iSchool, speak to the Texas Library Association about libraries shifting from a deficit model to a “library as platform”

National Issues Forum – a national project that encourages communities to form study groups around a set of pre-selected issues that range from Children & Families to Energy & Environmental to International & Foreign Policy – groups can decide to take local action on an issue.

The National Policy Consensus Center – has resources for leaders who want to convene groups on issues of public policy

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities – was presented as a groundbreaking libraries-as-change-agents initiative.  The American Library Association has partnered with the Harwood Institute to provide librarians with tools and training to lead community engagement and innovation.  Additional Harwood Institute publications and other resources are available at their site.

The Public Conversations Project  –  “prevents and transforms conflicts driven by deep differences in identity, beliefs, or values.”  Their site and blog Doing Dialogue is rich with resources, learning, and ideas.

The Public Programs Office and the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of the American Library Association presented a day-and-a-half preconference at the 2012 Public Library Association National Conference in Philadelphia. The Center for Civic Reflection  led Make Your Library a Community Leader: Community Building through Civic Dialogue.

Smile Because It Happened: An Ethnographic Project Looking at Institutional Culture Change and Transforming Communities (And Why Librarians Should Pay Attention) – college anthropology students explore community at a Kansas retirement community – a very moving 39 minutes with lots of lessons about those with long life experience

The Work of Hope: How Individuals & Organizations Can Authentically Do Good – Rich Harwood’s case for restoring belief in ourselves and one another to get things done together

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