Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Resource Type:
Report | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Library Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks
Administration/Leadership/Policymakers | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | General STEM | Health and medicine | History/policy/law | Literacy
Reinvestment Fund
Description or Abstract: 

"Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts" combines findings from a literature scan and input from the library, museum and community revitalization fields with case studies about the experiences and vision of museums and libraries working to spur change in their communities. It describes the complementary conceptual frameworks of social wellbeing and collective impact and explains how libraries and museums can use these concepts to partner with community-based organizations, government agencies and other cultural or educational organizations. It catalogs how partnerships are initiated; what tools and methods are available to assess community need and evaluate impact; and the skills and competencies needed to sustain partnerships.


Team Members

Michael NortonMichael NortonAuthor
Emily DowdallEmily DowdallAuthor

Request to Edit a Resource

If you would like to edit a resource, please use this form to submit your request.