How Public Libraries Can Connect with Small Business: White Paper

How Public Libraries Can Connect with Small Business: White Paper

Public libraries play an important role in supporting an equitable and thriving local economy in myriad ways. In recent years, the field has been increasing its investment in services for and relationships with the small business community. In response, library organizations across the country have released a spate of resources designed to increase librarians’ knowledge and confidence in serving the small business community. These include in-depth examples from real library programs, research reports, tools, and more, so librarians from any level of experience and any library size or budget can find support.

If you’re looking to better serve or express the value of your library to the business community, read this white paper for an overview of key recent resources, and find out when to consult them.

About the Author

Dr. Audrey Barbakoff is the founder and CEO of Co/Lab Capacity, which offers community centered consulting to libraries and other social impact organizations. She has more than a decade of experience as a librarian, manager, and leader in public libraries. Dr. Barbakoff is the author of Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults and the forthcoming book Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library.

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