It Takes a Library to Raise a Community

  • Marjatta Asu Ontario Library Service-North
  • Leanne Clendening Ontario Library Service-North


Ontario Library Service-North is publishing a series of community development tools for public libraries, beginning with the Crime Prevention and Personal Safety for Your Library and Community tool kit that was e-published on the OLS-North website in 2004. This article introduces library boards and staff to community building principles and practices, and the language of community developers. The role of the library in community and capacity building is discussed, as was introduced at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2007 session and as described in the tool kit, It Takes a Library to Raise a Community: A Community Development Activities Tool Kit for Public Libraries. The tool kit is about to be released to libraries.

Author Biographies

Marjatta Asu, Ontario Library Service-North
Marjatta Asu is the library development advisor responsible for consulting with and training public libraries in the area of community development. As well, she develops training programs and tools to build capacity of library boards and staff to participate in local community buildings efforts.
Leanne Clendening, Ontario Library Service-North
Leanne Clendening is the Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Library-Service North, a provincial agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Culture. She has several years experience working of with libraries in rural and remote communities.
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