Locating and working effectively with partners and supportive agencies can greatly enhance the impact a library has within a community. Becoming knowledgeable about making connections and building collaborations is key to success.
Collaborations work best when the separate organizations have similar goals and missions and are able to make a joint investment in vision, goals, objectives and plan of action.
Considering the great number of children in some form of regular child care, effectively serving home day cares, preschools, and Head Starts is of utmost importance. Libraries have an opportunity to ensure those children are developing vital skills and to assist staff in meeting all the developmental needs of children in their care.
Each library must identify the key players within its community. When you are considering early childhood services, day care centers and preschools are an obvious choice, but who else is out there?
Working with community organizations will result in extension of library service – outreach, as will modifying existing collections and services to meet the needs of special populations. An extra effort must be made to connect with special populations.
In this course you will learn
The importance of connecting with child serving agencies/community groups
How to work effectively with day cares
How to reach special populations
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