Crowdsource Your Library, Engage Your Community

The What, When, Why, and How

by Sara A. Fiore


Accomplish two goals at once—meeting your library's needs and engaging your community—by tapping into the power of crowdsourcing.

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September 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 122
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Management and Administration/Funding, Budgets, and Finance
  Management and Administration/Marketing and Promotion

This book illustrates crowdsourcing techniques that will help you to raise money and collect community knowledge so your library can be its most impactful.

This informative guide teaches you how to strengthen your library's collections and services and develop your relationships with patrons by crowdsourcing ideas, support, and skills from your community. Citing success stories from libraries across the country, it also specifies tactics that will help you to serve specific demographic groups, including children, teens, and adults.

You'll learn how to more exactly meet your patrons' needs by welcoming suggestions for improvements to your library. To raise money for special projects, you'll learn how to garner the necessary support; the author explains what types of funding campaigns are particularly suited to crowdsourcing and offers concrete steps for executing crowdfunding library initiatives. Moreover, you'll learn how to act as your community's documentarian by using crowdsourcing to gather and preserve community knowledge such as local history, providing your community with a reservoir of information from which it can draw for years to come.


  • Shows librarians how to partner with their community to succeed in a variety of endeavors, from raising money to recording community knowledge
  • Provides innovative approaches for increasing community engagement
  • Explains how to apply crowdsourcing with specific suggestions for which crowdsourcing resources may work best for different librarians
Author Info

Sara A. Fiore is reference librarian at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton, New York. Her work has appeared in Library Journal, Public Libraries Magazine, and PLA Online. Before finding her calling as a public librarian, she worked for many years in scientific publishing as an editorial assistant and book review editor.



"In a time of funding cuts that have made implementing innovative projects difficult, public librarians will find practical, inspiring support here."Library Journal

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