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Community building blocks - MLA Library as Platform (June 2014)

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Community building blocks - MLA Library as Platform (June 2014)

  1. 1.  Community Building Blocks…Now What?Take it to the Streets Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids Public Library Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library Jill Porter,Traverse Area District Library
  2. 2. Asset Based Community Development
  3. 3. PLA Leadership Academy  4-day intensive training  Mentorship, small-group work, field trips, and lectures  Strong focus on the leadership skill set and community stakeholders  Commitment to develop a project between the library and community
  4. 4. PROBLEM-FINDING  Start with your municipality’s strategic plan  Start with an assumption  Start with a sobering fact  Start with a question  Start with a spark
  5. 5. PROBLEM-FINDING  Distill your community’s story (using the Pixar approach)  Once upon a time there was (blank). Every day, (blank). One day (blank). Because of that, (blank). And because of that, (blank). Until finally (blank). “Pixar story rules (one version)”, Pixar Touch Blog, May 15, 2011, available at http://www.pixartouchbook.com/blog/2011/5/15/pixar-story-rules -one-version.html
  6. 6. HOPES AND DREAMS OF YOUR COMMUNITY “Empathy is the difference between knowledge and understanding. The library can bridge the difference between knowledge and understanding.” -- R.D. Lankes at the PLA Virtual Spring Symposium, March 30, 2011
  7. 7. FRAME THE PROBLEM  Strive for clarity  Double-vision problems  Do we agree on where we are now?
  8. 8. 9 6 TYPES OF ASSETS TO CONNECT  Talents and skills of our people  Associations and network of relationships  Institutions and professional entities  Physical Assets: land, property, buildings, equipment  Economic Assets: productive work of individuals, consumer spending power, local business assets  Community heritage, stories, identity Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzman and Brian McKnight
  9. 9. SUSTAINABLE ABCD 1 - Find the assets 2 - Connect the assets 3 - Help establish a vision
  10. 10. LEADERSHIP Individuals need not be well rounded but teams should be.
  11. 11. Leadership & Team Strength • Context • Deliberative • Developer • Discipline • Empathy • Focus • Futuristic • Harmony • Ideation • Includer • Individualization • Input • Intellection • Learner • Maximizer • Positivity • Relator • Responsibility • Restorative • Self-Assurance • Significance • Strategic • Woo • Achiever • Activator • Adaptability • Analytical • Arranger • Belief • Command • Communication • Competition • Connectedness • Consistency
  12. 12. Student Success Center @ CMPL  Idea born out of statistics  Gained steam from example at Cuyahoga County Public Library
  13. 13. Student Success – Pre-planning •Invited staff “ready to move” •Pre-meeting questions •Free-form & safe discussion
  14. 14. Student Success – Divide the Work
  15. 15. Student Success - Implementation
  16. 16. STUDENT SUCCESS - EVALUATION
  17. 17. Connecting Special Collections to the City 17
  18. 18. Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight Neighborhood Needs Map
  19. 19. Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight Assets Map
  20. 20. Six Types of Assets to Connect 1. Talents and skills of our people 2. Associations and our network of relationships 3. Institutional and professional entities 4. Physical assets: land, property, buildings, equipment 5. Economic assets: productive work of individuals, consumer spending power, local business assets 6. Community heritage, stories, identity 20Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight
  21. 21. Institutional Assets  Facilities  Materials  Employment Capacity  Employees  Political Clout  Good Connections  Equipment  Purchasing Power  Training and Development Capacity  Financial Resources 21Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight
  22. 22. 20 Second largest collection of Local History and Michigan related materials in a public library in the state of Michigan Department has been collecting materials on Grand Rapids and Michigan since 1904
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  24. 24. Capturing Local Relationships 24Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight
  25. 25. 25 Over 32 distinct neighborhoods in Grand Rapids! Courtesy of the Community Research Institute
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  28. 28. 26 Strong Neighborhood Asset
  29. 29. “Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities operates the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center. Our mission is to enrich the lives of neighborhood youth through diverse and engaging programs at the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center.” 29Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), Jody Kretzmann and Brian McKnight
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  34. 34. Where to go from here?  Library Scholars program  Students will collect contemporary history of their neighborhood  Grand Valley State University will train students on how to conduct oral histories  Library will direct the collecting and will house the finished product 34
  35. 35. From Flat to Flourishing Turning TADL’s Talking Book Library Around Jill Porter, Assistant Director for Public Service Traverse Area District Library
  36. 36. October 2011 • TADL board and director start looking closing TADL’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped • State aid covered about 40% of needed revenue • Were responsible for serving over 800 patrons in 16 counties • Only 22% of the LBPH patrons lived in TADL District • Much of staff time spent packaging and shipping items
  37. 37. 2012 • February • TADL Board discusses closure at its monthly board meeting
  38. 38. 2012 • February • TADL Board discusses closure at its monthly board meeting • March • Community Open forum • Lansing BTBL offers option of TADL LBPH becoming an AOC
  39. 39. 2012 • February • TADL Board discusses closure at its monthly board meeting • March • Community Open forum • Lansing BTBL offers option of TADL LBPH becoming an AOC • April • TADL Board Meeting at IPL – AOC presentation by BTBL
  40. 40. 2012 • May • Formal AOC proposal given to TADL board • LBPH librarian retires
  41. 41. 2012 • May • Formal AOC proposal given to TADL board • LBPH librarian retires • June • More formal AOC proposal given to TADL. Key points: • State Aid would remain the same • Service area reduced to 8 counties from 16
  42. 42. 2012 • May • Formal AOC proposal given to TADL board • LBPH librarian retires • June • More formal AOC proposal given to TADL. Key points: • State Aid would remain the same • Service area reduced to 8 counties from 16 • July • AOC Application filed • Negative editorial • AOC model approved by Board…at KBL
  43. 43. October 2012
  44. 44. Our Focus
  45. 45. TBL Open House
  46. 46. World Vision Day Community Art Exhibit
  47. 47. Results so far… • Monthly outreach targets met • Patron counts higher • Circulation steady • Good BARD adoption rate • Great response to biennial patron survey • Stronger and new relationships with community organizations • More interaction between TBL, the rest of the district and the libraries in areas we serve outside the district
  48. 48. Lessons learned Utilize Community Building Principles and Action Steps • Participation and Inclusion • Focus on Assets • Civic Responsibility • Collaboration and Partnership • Comprehensive (cut across boundaries) • Embrace Diversity • Learn • Focus on Results From Dan Duncan’s ABCD Toolkit abcdinstitute.org
  49. 49. Jill Porter jporter@tadl.org www.linkedin.com/in/porterjill

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