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Building Community Connections Through Collaborative Leadership

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February 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST

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In the fall of 2019, the Sand Creek Library makerspace (part of the Pikes Peak Library District) joined a project that brought together local, regional, and national nonprofit groups, as well as community residents and local artists, to refurbish a nearby park. This multi-organization partnership has benefitted the library and strengthened its community connections in several ways. Despite delays, setbacks, and a global pandemic, the project has remained successful through the effective application of collaborative leadership principles.

In this interactive session, participants will learn about collaborative leadership and discuss the ways it can be successfully implemented in library/community partnerships. They will have an opportunity to identify practical applications of collaborative leadership at their own libraries, either in current situations or potential future partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn about effective collaborative leadership.
  • Participants will identify collaborative leadership situations in their own libraries/communities and discuss what is working well (or not so well).
  • Participants will brainstorm ideas for new community collaborations and identify the challenges and benefits that are likely to result.

About the Presenters

Jenny Kremyar (she/her/hers) has worked in almost every library department there is, including Circulation, Cataloging, Archives, Special Collections, Reference, Digital Preservation, and Interlibrary Loans. She is currently the Creative Librarian for the Southeast Region of the Pikes Peak Library District, where she oversees the makerspaces at the East and Sand Creek Libraries. Her favorite thing is getting her hands messy helping patrons and community members with their art projects! She is always excited to nerd out about community art, embroidery, and cats (and, of course, books).

Jordan Romero (she/her/hers) is a Senior Library Associate at the Sand Creek Branch of the Pikes Peak Library District. She works primarily in Family and Children Services and also in the Sand Creek Makerspace. She has a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Colorado State University and is currently working on her MLIS at the University of Arizona. Jordan loves picture books, playing with clay, and having deep conversations with toddlers. When not at work she can be found caring for her small flock of chickens and snuggling with her dogs.


February 22, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST