Updated April 29, 2015
Community-Led Work in Practice: Experiences from Canadian libraries
A series of papers written by CLA Community-Led Library Service Network members exploring aspects of community-led work
- Cecchetto, Andrea and Leah Rucchetto (2015). Let the Community Lead: MPL’s Community-Led Strategic Planning Process (PDF). Blog post available here
- Fullerton, Amanda and Sara Gillis (2015). Strength in Partnerships: Rejuvenating library service in a rural community (PDF). Blog post available here
- Pateman, John (2015). Developing a Community-Led Strategy (PDF). Blog post available here
- Pateman, John (2015). Creating a Community-Led Staff Structure (PDF). Blog post available here
- Pateman, John (2015). Developing a Community-Led Service Structure (PDF). Blog post available here
- Pateman, John (2015). Developing Community-Led Systems (PDF). Blog post available here
- Pateman, John (2015). Developing a Community-Led Service Culture (PDF). Blog post available here
- Young, Laura (2015). Connecting Communities: Edmonton Public Libraries’ epl2go mobile service (PDF). Blog post available here
Toolkits, Guidebooks & Resources from Canadian Public Libraries and Library Organizations
Edmonton Public Library. (2014). Community-Led Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.epl.ca/sites/default/files/Marketing/epl_community_led_hdbk_dft_6.pdf
Edmonton Public Library. (2013). Community-Led Service Philosophy Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.epl.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/CommunityLedServicePhilosophyToolkit.pdf
Vancouver Public Library. (2014). Connecting the Dots: A Guidebook for Working with Community. Retrieved from http://www.vpl.ca/images/uploads/file/pdf/CTD.pdf
Working Together Project. (2008). Community-Led Libraries Toolkit. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Retrieved from http://www.librariesincommunities.ca/resources/Community-Led_Libraries_Toolkit.pdf
Books & Articles
Bird, Amanda and Pilar Martinez. (2013). Ensuring that Public Library Strategic Planning (and Thinking) is Community Led. Feliciter 59(6), 19-20. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/6/mobile/index.html#link-comm
Bird, Amanda and Anne Olsen (2013). Introducing Community-Led Work. Feliciter 59(1), 10-11. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/1/mobile/index.html#13
Campbell, Brian. “’In’ vs. ‘With’ the Community: Using a Community Approach to Public Library Services,” Information for Social Change. 22, Winter 2005/2006:Retrieved from http://www.libr.org/isc/issues/isc22/22-2b.pdf
DeFaveri, Annette. (2005). Breaking Barriers: Libraries and Socially Excluded Communities. Information for Social Change. 21. Retreived from http://libr.org/isc/articles/21/9.pdf
DeFaveri, Annette. (2006). Culture of Comfort. Information for Social Change. 22. Retrieved from http://libr.org/isc/issues/isc22/22-2.pdf
Frank, Flo, and Anne Smith. (2010). The Community Development Handbook. 1999. Human Resources Development Canada, Ottawa. Retreived from http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/sid/cia/comm_deve/handbook.shtml
Hicken, Mandy.(2004). To Each According to his Needs: Public Libraries and Socially Excluded People. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 21(2).
Gehner, John. (2010) Libraries, low-income people and social exclusion. Public Library Quarterly, 29:39-47.
Kushner, Els (2013). “Go Out There and Fail” : A Personal Account of Community-Led Work with the Early Years. Feliciter 59(4), 8-11. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/4/Feliciter-2013-V59-I4_TXT.htm#_Toc363108040
Lukasik, Laura (2013). Leveraging Partnerships in a Community-Led Library Model. Feliciter 59(3), 11-12. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/3/feliciter_v59-3.html#_Toc358023398
Martinez, Pilar, Williment, Kenneth. (2012). Canadian Libraries: Innovating and Creating Innovative Services. Bis. Retrieved from http://foreningenbis.com/bis-pa-engelska/public-libraries/canada/
Middleton, Sophie and Sadie Tucker. (2013). Developing Community-Led Training: Putting Principles into Practice. Feliciter 59(2), 10-11. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/2/html/feliciter59_2_april2013.htm#14
Muddiman, D., Durrani, S., Dutch, M., Linley, R., Pateman, J., & Vincent, J. (2000). “Open to All? : The Public Library and Social Exclusion.” London: Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. Retrieved from http://eprints.rclis.org/6283/1/lic084.pdf
Muzzerall,Darla et al. (2005). Community Development Librarians: Starting Out. Feliciter 51(6), 265–67.
Pateman, John. (2003). Developing a needs-based library service. NIACE lifelines in adult learning: 13. Leicester: NIACE.
Pateman, John. (2007). Developing a Needs-based Library Service. Information for Social Change 26: 8-28. Retreived from http://www.libr.org/isc/issues/ISC26/ISC%2026%20full%20issue.pdf
Pateman, John and Vincent, John. (2010). Public Libraries and Social Justice. Farnham: Ashgate.
Pateman, John and Williment, Ken. (2013). Developing Community-led Public Libraries: Evidence from the UK and Canada. Farnham: Ashgate.
Singh, Sandra. (2010) Librarians as Information Providers and Facilitators: The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as a Model for the Expansion of the Role of Academic Libraries in University-Community Engagement. “One Road In, Many Roads Out; Education as a Catalyst for Regeneration Conference”, University of Limerick.
Singh, Sandra, Campbell, Brian and DeFaveri, Annette. (2008). Toward an Inclusive Library Service: The Working Together National Demonstration Project, in Reaching Out: Innovation in Canadian Libraries. Laval, Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval.
Surette, Soleil (2013). The Challenge of Evaluating Communnity-Led Word. Feliciter 59(5) 13-14. Also available from http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/5/Feliciter5_Vol59_FINAL.html#cls
The Network. Information Resources. (2010). Found at http://www.seapn.org.uk/informationResources.asp?cat_id=21&cSort=titleAsc
Urban Libraries Council. (2005). The Engaged Library: Chicago Stories of Community Building. Retrieved from http://www.urbanlibraries.org/associations/9851/files/ULC_PFSC_Engaged_0206.pdf
Williment, Ken. (2009). It takes a community to create a library”. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 4(1). Found at http://www.criticalimprov.com/index.php/perj/article/view/545/1477
Williment, Ken, Jones-Grant, Tracey, and Somers, Denise. (2011) From Project to Branch Integration and Sustainability: Community-Led Work at Halifax Public Library. Public Libraries, 50(2). Found at http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/04/from-project-to-branch-integration-and-sustainability-community-led-work-at-halifax-public-libraries/
Williment, Ken and Pateman, John. (2015). Les usagers aux manettes… : Developper des bibliotheques publiques pilotees par les usagers. Bibliotheques(s), Oct. 15 (80). Found at abf.asso.fr/boutique/
Wilson, Kerry and Birdi, Briony. The ‘right’ man for the job? The Role of Empathy in Community Librarianship. London: Arts and Humanities Research Council. Found at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.128131!/file/AHRC-2006-8-final-report-04.08.pdf
Working Together Project (Canada) http://www.librariesincommunities.ca/
The Network (UK) http://www.seapn.org.uk which includes links to the theme-based working papers used to develop research for the Open to All? report (http://www.seapn.org.uk/informationResources.asp?cat_id=21&ir_id=29)
Libraries Transforming Communities (American Library Association) http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communities
Online Presentations and Videos
Education Institute three-part Community Led Library Service webinar series with Edmonton Public Library (November-December 2013):
- Part 1: Community Led Library Service – Just Getting Started (with Kim Bates and Shannon Clarke, November 21, 2013)
- Part 2: Community Led Library Service – Implementing Across Your System (with Amanda Bird and Melanie St-Onge, November 28, 2013 )
- Part 3: Community Led Library Service – Evaluation (with Mark McHale and Linda Garvin, December 5, 2013)
Relationships: The heart of community-led library service. John Pateman’s presentation at Edmonton Public Library, June 2013.
Community Led Library Service Development. Infopeople webinar presented by Francisca Goldsmith, June 12, 2013.
Putting the Public Back in Public Libraries: Community-Led Libraries, WebJunction webinar presented September 26, 2011. Presenters: Tracey Jones-Grant, manager of ELL, Literacy and Diversity Services, Halifax Public Libraries; Kenneth Williment, Community Development Manager for Halifax Public Libraries; and Randy Gatley, Community Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
Community Development in a Library Context: an audio conference given by Annette DeFaveri on November 23rd, 2006 for the Education Institute.