5 Ways to Transform How Your Library Works With Your Community

November 2, 2017

Have you ever given a program that no one’s attended?
Do people in your community ask if the library is still needed?
Would you like to reinvigorate your library’s circulation, program attendance and budget?
Find out what happens when libraries stop asking people what they want to see from their libraries and start asking them about their aspirations for their community. Erica Freudenberger will share her experience of embracing community engagement to create a democratic, community-led organization. You’ll learn actions you can put into practice right away; Erica will show you how innovation can happen on any budget, at any size (or staffed) library, and how to transform and revitalize a library and community.

By the end of the webinar, you’ll be able to:

  1. Change the profile of your library
  2. Build transformational partnerships with community stakeholders
  3. Collect and implement public knowledge
  4. Think differently about how we work with our communities


Presentation Slides

Q&A Log


Erica Freudenberger

Erica Freudenberger

Outreach & Engagement Consultant at Southern Adirondack Library System
Erica is a promiscuous collaborator who spends way too much time thinking about how libraries can empower the communities they serve. Currently the Outreach & Engagement Consultant at the Southern Adirondack Library System in New York, she formerly led the Red Hook Public Library, which garnered a five-star library rating from 2013–2016 and was a finalist for the Best Small Library Award given by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, Red Hook Public Library was a pilot library for Re-envisioning Public Libraries with the Aspen Institute, and in 2014 it was one of 10 libraries nationwide chosen to be a part of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. For her work, Erica was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2016.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at lizb@demco.com