In this session, Madison Public Library Community Engagement Team members share their experiences coordinating an event planning boot camp that offers up significant library resources, spaces, and money to community members in order to support events that directly reflect what is important to the participants and their networks. Participant teams were made up of individual, non-affiliated community members; applications from non-profit organizations, other city agencies, and institutions were not accepted.
Adapted from an original idea by UK performance poetry group Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre, Library Takeover @ MPL engaged teams of adult learners in a six-week long event-planning bootcamp, resulting in large-scale community events around the city. Racial equity was a key objective in the program plan.
The following learning objectives will be discussed:
Participants will learn how MPL analysed the Madison landscape and trends in 21st century librarianship to determine the need for responsive community lead adult programming
Participants will learn about the Library Takeover program, which was one of the programmatic outcomes of MPL’s larger community analysis, and how the program was implemented at MPL.
Participants will learn how to do a racial equity analysis of a large-scale community program, and hear lessons learned as a result of this process. Participants will see drafts of the program description, application, and application acceptance rubric. The final products will be available for participants to view, use, and adapt later.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Community Relationships
Interests: Community Engagement, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Public Programs, Transforming Libraries
Type of Library: Academic, Community College, Joint Use, Public, Regional System
Cost: Included with full conference registration.