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Library Strategies

The library has been selected as one of six western Wisconsin public libraries to participate.  

Inspiration

The Otto Bremer Foundation is committed to building the strength and integrity of libraries and literacy programs within its rural communities. As part of this commitment, the Foundation initiated the Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute (“L3”) in 2012—a pilot program focused on building the leadership capacity of twelve rural Minnesota libraries and literacy programs. With the great success of this pilot year, the Otto Bremer Foundation will launch a second stage of the Institute in western Wisconsin beginning in September of 2013.

L3 Partners

L3 is sponsored by the Otto Bremer Foundation and presented by Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and the Minnesota Literacy Council.  Benefits to participating organizations Participants in the Institute will work on building the leadership capacity of their library or literacy program. After a detailed capacity assessment is conducted, participants will attend the Institute training program. Training topics will be tailored to fit the needs of the participating organizations.

Topics covered may include:

  • Conducting fundraising activities to raise private support
  • Advocating for public funding for your organization
  • Building strong community partnerships
  • Building and managing a strong volunteer or library Friends base
  • Improving administrative infrastructure
  • Planning for leadership transition
  • Recruiting and developing a strong Board
  • Making effective programming decisions
  • Using technology for maximum effectiveness