Making Your Library an Essential Community Asset


In this presentation, Allison Waukau, Community Liaison, Hennepin County Library; Becky Wolf, Librarian, Hennepin County; and Hannah Buckland, State Library Program Specialist, MN Department of Education, disucss how libraries can play a pivotal role in strengthening Native communities through building relationships with, and working alongside, community organizations and tribal government offices. In this session, attendees learned useful, practical information about building relationships and trust, planning and delivering successful public programs, developing culturally specific collections, and working toward ensuring tribal libraries become essential community anchors. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Temecula, California, on October 8-10, 2019.