VPL has just finished rolling out one phase of community engagement training to our staff. Over the past three weeks, we’ve had 350 staff attend a 2-hour workshop that invited staff to look at where we’ve been, what we’re doing now, and what else we can be doing. In the spirit of the community-led approach, the workshop relied heavily on group conversations and learning from each other.
The foundation of the training is an internal guide, Connecting the Dots: A Guidebook for Working with Community. Designed to appeal to staff at all levels of the organization, it’s filled with stories and pictures. The guide is available online at http://www.vpl.ca/images/uploads/file/pdf/CTD.pdf.