The 10-Minute International Librarian #56: Think how you foster community

Meaningful access to information is not necessarily a solo activity.

While the stereotype of libraries may be of users consulting collections on their own, it is clearer and clearer that the possibilities libraries offer for people to access information together represent a unique strength.

Through opportunities for learning, creativity, exchange and debate, libraries can provide a space and a platform to build stronger links between people.

In turn, this can help strengthen trust and a sense of belonging to the same community.

Indeed, there is a correlation, between numbers of public and community libraries and library workers and levels of social trust.

With social trust and a sense of community linked to resilience in the face of difficulties such as the pandemic, it is timely to be able to talk about how libraries contribute.

So for our 56th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think how you foster community.

Describe a programme or a service which helps bring people together, or at least connect with information or resources which help them strengthen their sense of belonging.

It could be a space, a course, an event, an exhibition or something else.

How does it work, and can you provide evidence or arguments around its impact?

Write down your ideas – they can be helpful both in advocacy and planning.

And if you want, share them in the comments below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 2.3: Develop standards, guidelines, and other materials that foster best
professional practice.

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below.