Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management

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About this course

Public libraries are becoming dynamic hubs for learning, civic engagement, and community.

This course will discuss strategies for gathering statistical and descriptive data about public library communities. Learners will identify local partners in education, social services, government agencies, and more.

While conducting real-world investigations, learners will gain deeper insight into the wants and needs of community organizations. This will empower learners to make better management decisions to address those needs, even in libraries with limited budgets.

What you’ll learn

● How to find demographic and persona data from online sources;
● To conduct environmental scans;
● How to lead focus groups and interviews;
● How to analyze data to find patterns, overlaps, and gaps in available community services;
● To synthesize your findings in a report.

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