|picture taken by Martha Boyd|
The thing is, all libraries - no matter what type - need to be an active part of the community they serve. From corporate libraries hosting parties to support scientists in their R&D department to public librarians teaming up with K-12 teachers to academic libraries cooperating in events run by the nearby public library. This is more than outreach, which is of course very important. This is about supporting the efforts of other organizations and about partnerships.
Here are some of the other things we've done to make sure that this library is an active part of not just the college community, but also city and state:
- Participate in a state-wide effort run by the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- Tie our book displays into on campus events, like Domestic Abuse Awareness and Disability Awareness.
- Write reviews and actively promote the services of a therapy dog organization.
It can be hard to find time for this kind of thing when you're so focused on getting through the day to day, but it can also be highly rewarding. Being an active part of your community is more than getting patrons to come into the library; it's about getting out and working to further community goals.
How about you? What are some of the things you've done to support others in the community where you are? What are some of the things you'd like to do?