Ten years ago four Canadian urban public libraries Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto and Regina – explored the application of community development techniques in developing more inclusive public library services . Known as The Working Together Project, project staff from the 4 library systems worked and collaborated with community members in neighbourhoods who were alienated from or who did not feel welcome in the public library. Project staff sought to identify challenges faced by their community members, eliminate barriers and develop services. The Community Led, Libraries Tool Kit was subsequently developed and has been referenced by libraries across North America and elsewhere.
What has happened in our libraries since the project concluded and the Toolkit was developed? How have Canadian libraries ventured into community led library service and community engagement? This session will host a panel from Toronto, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver and Edmonton who will share their stories, progress, evolution, and experiences of what and how community led library service and community engagement is applied in their libraries today. Opportunities for questions will be provided.