Extending Our Collaborative Partnerships with Community Members Face to Face and Online
Tuesday, February 16th, from 10:30 – 11:30 am Eastern
Competency: Community Relations
Sub-Category: Develops and leverages collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of the library’s goals
In our “Engaging the Community More Fully” session with Paul Signorelli (October 2015), we explored the basics of effectively developing, nurturing, and sustaining high levels of engagement involving library staff and other community members.
We extend the results-driven conversation with this deeper look at how we can combine our face-to-face and online efforts to create community collaborations producing mutually beneficial goals and improving our communities. The conversation will include a few case studies from an online course Paul recently developed and facilitated to help library staff rethink their approach to social media tools as platforms for fostering collaboration.
Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
• Be able to cite at least three ways that successful partnerships are developed with traditional and social media tools
• Have at least three successful examples they can draw upon as they reach out to potential and current partners to define and work toward meeting community needs
• Have begun determining at least two concrete steps they will take within a month to nurture greater levels of engagement and collaboration designed to address specific community needs
Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed, served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-consultant. Much of his work involves fostering community and collaboration face-to-face and online through libraries, other learning organizations, and large-scale community-based projects including San Francisco’s Hidden Garden Steps project, which has its origins in a conversation that took place within a local branch library.
He remains active on New Media Consortium Horizon Report advisory boards/expert panels, in the Association for Talent Development (ATD–formerly the American Society for Training & Development), and with the American Library Association; weaves marketing and public relations efforts into the strategic planning process; and remains a firm advocate of developing sustainable community partnerships that meet all partners’ needs.