IMLS Grant – Community Engagement: Defining Public Libraries’ Role in the Community

In December 2012, OPL received an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to design a two-year project that would help public libraries clearly define and expand their role in the communities they serve. OPL used the grant to facilitate community engagement by bringing people together in a trusted, neutral institution to share learning experiences. As part…
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OPL at UNO’s CEC

The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) celebrated the grand opening of its new Community Engagement Center (CEC) on April 17, 2014. OPL is among more than 20 community groups which will share space and work toward the mission of contributing positively and measurably to the Omaha community’s quality of life by creating, supporting and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships, engaged scholarship, and academic…
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Facilitators-In-Training: FIT Team

The Facilitator-In-Training Team (FIT Team) was created as a tool for OPL to achieve its strategic plan goal of becoming a community nexus. As a nexus, OPL strives to connect Omaha’s public, private and non-profit organizations to resolve community issues. The FIT Team helps to foster the development of shared visions and priorities, a comprehensive agenda, and robust collaborations across organizations. Sixteen…
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Facilitator Training

As part of its strategic plan goal of becoming a community nexus, OPL created a team of 16 library staff members to train as facilitators for community conversations. The FIT (Facilitator-In-Training) Team members met at Milton R. Abrahams Branch for training in three areas: getting-to-know-you conversations, problem solving, and creativity and innovation. More photos are available here…
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Attention All Pokemon Trainers: Your Local Libraries are Poke Stops

“You may have already heard about a tiny little cultural phenomenon, known as Pokemon Go. People are OBSESSED with this app” writes Krystie Lee Yandoli for Buzzfeed, who featured a tweet from Omaha Public Library on Wednesday. Pokemon Go is finally live in North America, so you can now travel anywhere and everywhere to complete your…
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