Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

Find out strategies for assessing community needs, making plans and implementing new ideas


“In the recent webinar Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community, Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus (WI) Public Library, led us through her public library’s process to assess community needs, make plans and implement new ideas. This is no small task. And, no greater opportunity. This process can feel daunting, so Fesemyer shared her journey and some practical ways to get started and make new connections.

Much of Fesemyer’s experience was influenced by ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, the Aspen Institute Dialog on Public libraries report: Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries and the Harwood Institute—and rightly so! These reports and tools provide great resources to learn and to get started.”

Watch the full webinar recording for free at any time to learn more from Fesemyer.