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Libraries maintain and constantly develop collections that help the people they serve realize their goals and dreams. As community needs change, so do the library’s resources including the acquisition of new technology.
Library staff build relationships with individuals and organizations in their communities creating partnerships that allow the library and collaborators to reach new people and provide new services to patrons. Programs like the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative provide libraries with tools to help community members connect and articulate their vision for their town, city, village, or neighborhood through community conversations.
Libraries are trusted organizations and people go to the library when they need help, knowing library staff will connect them with the information, people, tools, or services they need. Libraries are the community’s Swiss Army knife engaged to support everything from successfuls decennial census counts to passports to Kindergarten readiness.
Library programming provides not only education and recreation, but also connection between neighbors and community members. People report wanting to know the people that live in their community and feel like they’re part of the place they call home, and libraries help people find this by serving as open spaces to convene community members in safe, shared spaces.
Communities need their libraries and one of the responsbilities of the people who work in and for the library is to ensure the sustainability of the organization. To be sustainable, libraries like any organization have to balance the triple bottom line of social equity, economic feasibility, and environmental costs in their decision-making and actions. Ensuring library staff and boards are representative of communities, making purchasing decisions that support local businesses, and reducing the carbon footprint of operations all must be considered to create a library that can continue and help communities thrive.