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To provide library staff with a strong understanding of how to build community partnerships and effectively advocate for libraries, the Washington State Library is sponsoring a series of workshops across the state entitled: "Partnerships that Work."

"Partnerships that Work: Building relationships to advance your library" will help libraries establish partnerships with key community, civic and business organizations. You’ll learn what makes effective partnerships; how to define a successful partnership; how to identify and approach partners; and how to cultivate relationships with your partners.

In spring 2008, the State Library will offer grants for libraries to initiate or expand "One Book" programs. Attendance at this partnership workshop is strongly encouraged if libraries plan to submit a grant proposal. In the grant application, libraries will be required to have at least one community partner.

Join your library colleagues at these dynamic workshops to explore new principles, participate in hands-on experiences, and learn valuable tips for ensuring your library is visible, effective and well-funded!

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Dates and Locations

Thursday, April 10, 2008 Lacey branch, Timberland Regional Library
Thursday, May 15, 2008 Bainbridge branch, Kitsap Regional Library
Thursday, May 29, 2008 Newport Way branch, King County Library System
Thursday, June 19, 2008 Downtown Yakima Library branch,
Yakima Valley Regional Library

Workshop presenter
Staff of Metropolitan Group, a communications and resource management firm with experience in libraries as small as Milton-Freewater, OR and as large as Brooklyn Public Library, present the workshops. Laura K. Lee Dellinger, Executive Vice President and Principal of Metropolitan Group takes the lead in training. She has more than 20 years of experience in working with non-profit organizations and is an adjunct professor of marketing at Portland State University. Metropolitan Group has been hired by the Public Library Association to work on their national "Smart Card" campaign and their advocacy campaign.

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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).