Local Supports Local

My second column for Library Journal is now available! In this installment we take a look at the concept of “Local Supports Local”:

Local Supports Local  |  Rebekkah Smith Aldrich  |  July 11, 2016  |  Library Journal

One thing I know is true: local supports local.

Empower. Engage. Energize. These three words describe the relationship between a sustainable library and its users. It’s a two-way street: a library can empower patrons to do good things by engaging with them to understand their aspirations. A community can feel the authentic interest a library has in being a part of that community’s conversations, whether by being at the table or convening “the table” to find community-based solutions.

When a library shows support for the goals of those it serves by empowering and energizing patrons through library services, those communities turn around and give empowerment back to their library in the form of goodwill and financial investment. This is a sustainable pattern for the future of libraries.

Think global, library local…” Read the full article here


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