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Civic Engagement Leadership Roles for Libraries: Home

This workshop guide includes resources for libraries to foster civic engagement. #librariestransform #civicengagement

This guide includes resources shared at the Civic Engagement Leadership Roles for Libraries workshop originally presented by Michelle Eberle in 2018 and updated in 2020.

About Civic Engagement

Workshop Description (2020):  Civic Engagement Leadership Roles for Libraries

Do you want to make a difference in your community to support democracy and the common good? Then, join us to learn about civic engagement leadership roles for libraries including civic educator, conversation starter, community bridge, visionary, and center for democracy in action. This presenter will highlight successful library civic engagement programs, partnerships, and resources. Also, we’ll explore how to create strategic partnerships to increase civic engagement in our communities. This interactive virtual workshop will include small group discussions with time for participants to share successes and plans for civic engagement. We’ll wrap up with an activity to sustain and nourish ourselves to do this important work in our communities.

Workshop Description (2018):  Librarians Fostering Civic Engagement

Librarianship is a catalytic profession which can spark positive change, build community, and improve quality of life. Come to this workshop to learn about civic engagement leadership roles for librarians.  The presenter will share specific approaches such as facilitating community conversations on controversial topics, increasing voter registration, fostering media literacy, tactical urbanism, promoting volunteerism, and expanding library outreach to underserved populations. We’ll discuss how to create strategic partnerships to increase civic knowledge, civic education, and civic engagement in our communities.

Learning Outcomes

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe civic engagement and why it’s an urgent and important role for librarians.
  • Apply an approach learned to foster civic engagement.
  • Expand their library’s support for civic engagement

Declaration of Inclusion

The MLS Team is committed to providing services that benefit and contribute to the library profession’s core values: diversity, inclusion, equity, access to information, free expression, privacy, and social justice.