Community & Cultural Connector

The Library forms community partnerships and alliances to bolster collective impact, build community assets and inspire positive social change.

No single organization is responsible for any major social problem, nor can any single organization cure it.
–John Kania & Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Collective impact uses a deliberate, collaborative process to build community assets and address social change. Successful collective impact results from a shared agenda, vision and measurements; mutually reinforcing activities; continuous communication; and a steering team dedicated to achieving shared purpose and vision. Library staff members are committed to building community assets and empowering residents by creating rich, meaningful relationships with community partners. The Library team continues to forge alliances and collaborate with community experts to enhance programs and services. Together, our collective efforts and services will provide the resources necessary for community members to thrive from birth and to succeed throughout life.

In the Spotlight: Innovation Technology Task Force

A dynamic group of entrepreneurs, technology professionals, innovators, educators, funders and parents convened four times April-June 2015 to advise on the role of technology in 21st century Library services and to provide strategic planning recommendations. The Task Force’s insight has been a critical component in the strategic planning process and all who participated formed new working relationships and partnership possibilities.

Community & Cultural Connector Launch Goals

Partner with the Innovation Tech. Task Force to plan and prototype collaborative workspace, technology and creation spaces that create opportunities for career and business networking and increase the technical literacy of Library users.

Gather data through a survey or focus groups to discover what skills and literacies Library users, job seekers and career ‘pivoters’ would like to learn and in what way. Use data to identify potential partners, collaborators, and recipients.

Meet with agencies serving the homeless to explore providing services or connections to resources such as job skills training and education support.

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