About

I’ve been lucky enough to work with libraries to build community connections and do work that gets people excited and gets things done.
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Collections

            
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.

Connections

     
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.

Professionalism

     
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.

Community


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.

Sustainability

            
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.

Background & Relevant Experience

Casey Conlin has held positions in libraries large and small as clerk, librarian, assistant director, and library director. At these libraries he helped increase the visibility, accessibility, relevance, and use of the library by helping the organization listen to and build authentic connections with the people and organizations in the community. As library sustainability coordinator at the Mid-Hudson Library System, Casey and the library sustainability team work to help 66 member libraries build their capacity to create more resilient communities through consulting services to help libraries comply with relevant laws and regulations and create effective relationships in their communities, professional development opportunities that build library leaders’ and stakeholders’ skills and knowledge in project management, leadership and personnel management, and trends in library services, and cohort programs and grants that provide local library leaders with space and time to explore ways to deliver new library services, and evaluate new ways to deliver existing services. Casey currently serves as coordinator for the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable, which provides resources and support for the library community in creating a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society through the development and administration of events, courses, networking, and resources. Casey is a founding member of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Libraries Initiative, which created and supports a first-of-its-kind interactive tool to help libraries ensure the sustainability of their organizations using the triple bottom line of sustainability to measure and implement library policy and operations that are socially equitable, environmentally sound, and economically feasible. Casey also has a strong background in technology including web development and design and integrated library systems software.