Local Government and Public Library Partnership Initiative

ICMA has completed the Local Government and Public Libraries Partnership Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of this initiative, ICMA formed an advisory committee and hosted a meeting to enable managers explore their role as advocates for libraries and how libraries relate to quality of life and community sustainability, one of ICMA’s long-term priorities.

ICMA has completed the Local Government and Public Libraries Partnership Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of this initiative, ICMA formed an advisory committee and hosted a meeting to enable managers to explore their role as advocates for libraries and how libraries relate to quality of life and community sustainability, one of ICMA’s long-term priorities. To provide feedback on the advisory committee or any of the library resources, send an e-mail to Molly Donelan at mdonelan@icma.org.

For information on ICMA's Public Library Innovation Grants please visit icma.org/publiclibrarygrants.  

 

Advisory Committee Members


William R. Bridgeo
City Manager
Augusta, ME

Michael Bryan
Library Director
Seminole Community Library, FL

George C. Campbell
City Manager
Denton, TX 

Ron Carlee
County Manager
Arlington County, VA

Gerald L. Clausen
City Manager
Carroll, IA

Bette Dillehay
Director
Mathews Memorial Library
Mathews, VA

Frank P. Edmunds
City Manager
Seminole, FL

Amy Eshleman
Assistant Commissioner Strategic Planning and Partnerships
Chicago Public Library
Chicago, IL

Thomas O. Forslund
City Manager
Casper, WY

Roger W. Fraser
City Administrator
Ann Arbor, MI

Sam S. Gaston
City Manager
Mountain Brook, AL

Pete Giacoma
Director
Davis County Library
Davis County, UT

Charles E. Hafter
City Manager
South Burlington, VT

Sara Jones
Director
Carson City Library
Carson City, NV

J. Thomas Lundy, Jr.
County Manager
Catawba County, NC

Liz R. Miller
Assistant City Manager
Tucson, AZ

Charles Nickerson
City Manager
Powder Springs, GA

Beth A. Pollard
City Administrator
Albany, CA

Richard T. Reed
Town Manager
Bedford, MA

Al Roder
City Administrator
Northfield, MN

Travis P. Rothweiler
City Administrator
Jerome, ID

Mark L. Ryckman
City Manager
Corning, NY

Todd J. Schmidt
City Administrator
Milton, WI

Kathleen B. Sexton
City Manager
Derby, KS

Marcia L. Taylor
Assistant Manager
Mt. Lebanon, PA

Stephen K. Whiteway
County Administrator
Mathews County, VA

Advisory Committee Meeting

On August 16 and 17, 2007, at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago, the advisory committee met to discuss how local governments and public libraries can partner to improve communities.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentations:

Urban Libraries Council- Making Cities Stronger

 

Reports and Resources

Local Government Managers and Public Libraries: Partners for a Better Community. ICMA Management Perspective, October 2007.

Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about LIBRARIES in the 21st Century. Public Agenda, 2006.

Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development. Urban Libraries Council, 2007.

External Web Links:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Libraries initiative