on November 10, 2022 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Steps to Successful Community Engagement

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Originally presented November 9, 2022

In this webinar, Kay Cassell offers guidelines for community engagement - or how we can connect people with the library, using examples of successful community engagement.

Learn how to meet people where they are, build relationships, and use local and library data and asset mapping.

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.  

 

Click the link below to download the presentation slides:
Steps to Successful Community Engagement Slides

Click the link below to download the chat transcript: 
Steps to Successful Community Engagement Chat

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