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Community Partnerships for Small/Rural Libraries

The event is designed to strengthen partnerships between your rural library and your community. Starting with a morning session that will include a, keynote presentation, interactive workshops, and group discussion. An energizing activity in the afternoon will be followed by a reflection session and further small-group collaboration. The day will conclude with a concluding activity involving all participants.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Time (MST):
9:00am - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
Prescott Campus of the Yavapai Community College - 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, AZ 86301

Registration is required. There are 19 seats available.

I’m Audrey Barbakoff, a passionate public library leader, consultant, speaker, and author. I believe that a public library is the heart of its community, and that community is at the heart of the library. I help libraries and other social good organizations facilitate engaged learning that becomes the foundation for shared creativity and resilience. I apply an equity lens, human-centered design, and community-led practices to help libraries develop locally relevant, sustainable innovations that lead to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive services. 

I can work with you to solve problems and maximize opportunities because I've been where you are. I have over a decade of experience as a librarian and manager in public libraries, ranging from a tiny rural library in Connecticut to a 50-branch system in Washington state. My innovative library work has been recognized by Library Journal Movers & Shakers, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal "40 Under 40", the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Urban Libraries Council, I also hold a doctorate in organizational change and leadership. My dissertation research focused on building capacity for equity, diversity, and inclusion in public libraries through community-led planning. It served as the foundation for my innovative CoLaB (Community Led Capacity-Building) process, soon to be featured in my forthcoming book Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library