OLA Poster Session on Friday February 3, 2012 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Community Mapping: Keeping it Simple and Straightforward
Jenny Schnoll and Lina Kim
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library’s new approach to community outreach and engagement says that library staff partner and collaborate with groups and individuals so they can define and fulfill their own interests and needs. To do this well, staff need the right skill set. This poster session describes a community mapping process adopted by TPL to help staff make that first step in community entry. Community mapping is generally recognized as the first step in helping library leaders and branch staff alike develop a new understanding of how the library fits into and contributes to the existing fabric of the community.