Framing the Future: Advancing Strategic Planning in Small and Rural Libraries
Your State Library along with five other states is a part of a federal grant to encourage small and rural libraries to create plans that help improve service and establish the library as the powerful community center it can be for everyone in the community.
This grant has three phases:
Phase 1 – learn about making everyone feel welcome at the library
Phase 2 – learn about the importance of strategic planning
Phase 3 – participate in a community focused planning session led by zero to low cost facilitators trained in how to lead listening sessions and plan development
Welcoming everyone and becoming a window to the world
Librarians and board members have the power to help build a kinder, safer community. The first phase is designed to increase our awareness of how to help build a welcoming community. If you are interested in taking part in the strategic planning piece of this grant, we ask that you take either the following online class or Unpacking Racial Literacy.
We’re All in This Together: Serving the Whole Community
Suzanne Reymer is a Statewide Consulting Librarian for the Montana State Library. She provides consulting and advisory services to public librarians and trustees as well as support for e-rate, bandwidth, public computing centers and digital literacy. Serving and welcoming everyone in the community has been a passion of Suzanne’s for many years.
This session will introduce community engagement concepts by looking at census data. Participants will talk about equitable services – what that means and what it looks like. And, how can we make sure that those who are currently in underserved groups have a voice and feel included? This session will also focus on the ways libraries can be windows to the world.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush, Community Catalyst Grant number RE-246273-OLS-20. Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming are participating in this project.