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Building Community Partnerships

Missouri Library Association Conference Presentation: October 3, 2012
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Anna Francesca Garcia

on 8 October 2012

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Building
Community
Partnerships If you think you want to contact people who aren't current library users, do it. Go to where the population you want to reach is. Identify who to contact Offer yourself as the library's liaison Establish
Collaborations Money isn't everything...
but it helps Determine what you offer. Community partners want to know you, too. Keep your eyes open. Inform patrons of how the library can help them even when they aren't in the building You provide services, too. Establishing your library as the hub of your community By Anna Francesca Garcia
Kansas City Public Library
Outreach Education Librarian
annagarcia@kclibrary.org

Missouri Library Association
Conference, October 2012
Part of the Kansas City Public School's vision is that every student will "have the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling life."
The Kansas City Public Library's mission is to be "a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community." Establish
Collaborations An example of creating a symbiotic relationship by fostering a life-long love of reading Call or e-mail the person who you have established as the contact at the other organization.
If you call, be certain say your name, title, organization, and contact information, whether you are speaking to a person or leaving a message.
If you send an e-mail, conclude with a professional signature that lists all of the information above.
Carry your business cards.
Wear your name tag in professional settings.
Write thank you notes.
Follow-up via phone or e-mail based on how you have previously communicated with someone. Identify who to contact Research Check websites of local organizations. Pay particular attention to their mission statements.
Read the newspaper.
The Standard One (Example: The Kansas City Star)
Other Ones (Examples: The Pitch, KC Parent)
See what stances local politicians are taking that may impact services that you provide.
For example, Kansas City Mayor Sly James has emphasized literacy as a high priority for him, so we can key into that as we seek local partnerships Your Community Libraries in other places Read what has worked in other systems and what creative ways they are addressing challenges.
Suggested resources: Library Journal, American Library Association Website, Public Libraries, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly People love swag. We often have event organizers asking us for books-to-give. If you don't have a budget to give away free books, try:
Bookmarks (See below for example of an ingenious homemade version)
Crafts with take-home product
Logo pencils or stickers (which still have a cost but are often less than that of a book)
Raffle for party at library Bookmark from B.W. Sheperd-- I love the creative use of a color-sample strip and shape-punch! Just because you've made great connections doesn't rule out finding more.
Read bulletin boards.
If you see an upcoming event that looks like a promising opportunity for library representation, write down listed contact information.
Follow-up on your notes when you're no longer in the field.
Remember the multiple hats that you and others wear.
You're more than a librarian. You may be a parent, sports-enthusiast, guitar player, etc. The people who you know in other contexts may be great connections, so remain aware and alert. I practice what I preach. Kim Logston
Home School Coordinator
B.W. Sheperd State School
for the Severely Handicapped Keep your eyes open. Remember the business community. Businesses who find out about successes that Libraries have in our collaborations can fund the continuation and expansion of these programs. Both at the school or organization and at the library Determine what you offer. Remember the business community. You provide services, too. Here's some of the ways that we help teachers. Establish Collaborations Partnerships can lead to other partnerships Carol Green
Director
Gregg-Klice Community Center
Kansas City Parks and Recreation Phillips Elementary School>
Parks and Recreation >
Missouri Care (an Aetna Health Plan) and Pathway Academy Charter School Determine what you offer. Public libraries can be good friends
to those in need. Madonna Bock
Library Media Specialist
Success Academy at Anderson
Kansas City Public Schools Kim Patton
Teen Services Librarian
Kansas City Public Library As we conclude,
we begin anew. Keep your eyes open. Karen Howard
Reading Specialist
Genesis Promise Academy
Charter School *PD= Professional Development "It has been stated that if you want to know how to treat people, look at a man's best friend. A dog is loyal, grateful, and loves unconditionally. When networking, think service first and see how strong your network base becomes." Networking hint for October 2012 from Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce It may seem like a dog-eat-dog world, but don't forget who your best friends can be Connections beget more connections. I had a conversation at the brunch celebrating the conclusion of MoneySmart Kansas City Month 2012. This led to my attendance at monthly MainCor Coffee Klatch meetings. Now we know what is happening with businesses on Main Street, and we keep business owners informed about what the Library is doing. Shelia Witt
English and Drama Teacher
Southwest High School
Kansas City Public Schools Mary Royle
Librarian
Southwest High School
Kansas City Public Schools Carol Green, Director of Gregg-Klice Community Center of
Kansas City Parks and Recreation summarized it: See what partners' projects are, and get on board early. Remember the business community. You provide services, too. Often, one of the most important services
that the library provides is education for
families about the benefits of sharing books at home. B.W. Sheperd State School
for the Severely Handicapped Kim Logston
Home School Coordinator Mary Royle
Librarian Shelia Witt
English and Drama Teacher Madonna Bock
Library Media Specialist
Success Academy at Anderson
Kansas City Public School Kim Patton
Teen Services Librarian
Kansas City Public Library Regina Craddolph
Librarian
Genesis Promise Academy
Charter School Madonna Bock
Library Media Specialist
Success Academy at Anderson
Kansas City Public Schools Kim Patton
Teen Services Librarian
Kansas City Public Library Southwest High School
Kansas City Public Schools Southwest High School
Kansas City Public Schools Shelia Witt
English and Drama Teacher Mary Royle
Librarian
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