Collaboration is at the core of our everyday work. As your public library, we choose to turn outward, create welcoming environments, live our library's diversity statement, and pursue a strategic plan. We also routinely partner with local organizations.
Joining a handful of public libraries in cities (including Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) with similar social services-based positions, the library created a new Community Resources Team as part of an intentional effort to rethink how we engage with all library patrons, “including those who are vulnerable, marginalized, or at-risk, who use our facilities on a daily basis, and for whom we should be providing services,” said Executive Director David J. Seleb. Read more about this new experience model led by Community Resources Manager Robert Simmons (right) and Community Resources Specialist Stephen Jackson (left). Goals are to make the library a safer, more welcoming place for all, and to connect patrons to the resources and information they need. More >
Lessons from library social workers
Listen to a recording of the American Library Association seminar "Serving At-Risk Patrons: Lessons from Library Social Workers,” co-presented by Simmons and hosted by ALA’s Public Programs Office with support from ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund.