Community Engagement and Libraries: Two Movements -Two Counties (Any Similarities/Differences?)

So, in the US, the Harwood Institute and ALA have teamed up to begin developing tools for libraries to engage with community, while in Canada librarians have internally been developing a community engagement framework from a Community-Led perspective.  This is quite interesting that similar movements are happening in both countries.

I must admit that I have been so entrenched by community-led library services that have developed in Canada over the past 10 years, that I am to biased to make any conclusions at this point on this topic.

However, I think it is important to highlight some of the resources and it would be great for the readers of this blog to share their input.

From Canada:

Canadian Library Associations Community Led Service Network Blog (with a link to Community-Led Resources)

From the US:

Libraries Transforming Communities (with tools developed for library staff)

What are your thoughts about the two approaches?



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  1. Thanks for those links Ken
    Even thought I’m not a librarian, I particularly liked the resource “How Librarians and Libraries Can Lead Community Conversations for Change” (from the tools developed for library staff).
    A while back I was involved in a workshop for local librarians (near Newcastle, Australia) on asset-based community-driven development (ABCD). In preparing for it I looked for resources on libraries and community engagement. I wrote about some of the ones that interested me at It’s great to find some new ones. I’ll pass them on.

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