Developing Relationships with Partners Across the City

Posted by Dara Schmidt on March 08, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA

The Cedar Rapids Public Library serves a population of around 128,000, the second largest city in Iowa. We began the pilot project with the Action Guide as we embarked on putting a tax levy before our voters for library support. The Action Guide helped us identify our stakeholders and develop relationships with partners across the city. As the tax levy was defeated, we were able to use the SOAR exercise to help staff and trustees focus on the future of the library. 

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The community conversation was a wonderful event where we had conversations with patrons, agency representatives, and active partners across our city. The Action Guide helped us stay focused and provided an easy-to-follow map. It was a tremendously useful tool for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Dara Schmidt
Director
Cedar Rapids Public Library
schmidtd@crlibrary.org