Reimagining Library Outreach to Increase Community Access

Reimagining Library Outreach to Increase Community Access

In this session, we will reconceive the concept of outreach and identify a wide range of opportunities for libraries to increase community access. Participants will leave being able to confidently identify their own library's existing outreach strategy and effectively evaluate how current strategies support library goals.

This session is part of the Reimagining Library Outreach and Access series of 10 workshops taking place through March 2025 that will provide library staff with strategies, tools, and frameworks to expand their reach and impact within their communities. Using their own library and local data, participants have the opportunity to evaluate barriers to access within their own communities and to reconsider their approach to outreach utilizing their existing assets and structures.


Libraries Without Borders US (LWB)

LWB revolutionizes the reach of the library, expanding community access to critical information, education, and resources. Using local assessment and community engagement strategies, LWB partners with library systems to sustainably expand reach and utilization. 

Nina Safane (she/her)

Nina is a community-based leader and educator with a background in organizational development. For the last 15 years, she has built and led systems, teams, and organizations that increase access to education and public health services. She previously led COVIDCheck Colorado, a social benefit enterprise, and co-founded the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools, an innovative school model. Nina has a BA in Education Studies from Brown University and an MA in Education from Columbia University.

Vanesha McGee (she/her)

Vanesha is a community advocate with ten years of experience as an educator, building communities within classrooms. Her expertise as a professional writer focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion across industries. Vanesha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recording and Slides:

This program is being recorded and will be made available on the Libraries Without Borders LibGuide page. (Please allow up to five business days for availability.)

Who Should Come?

Perfect for anyone who would like to begin reenvisioning library outreach and access. Consider attending if you are a library director, department head, librarians, library staff, or plan to do any type of outreach in your community.


This webinar will be captioned. If you require another access service to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

Related LibGuide: Libraries Without Borders by Kymberlee Powe

Thursday, August 15, 2024
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nina Safane and Vanesha McGee
DLD Online Webinar

Registration is required. There are 21 seats available.

Event Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

We want to provide what you need to participate!

If you require access services to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223.

You can also see our Library and Accessibility LibGuide for more information.

Registration Eligibility

To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be one of the following:

  • current library staff member
  • undergraduate or graduate library student
  • Friend or Board Member/Trustee*
  • retired or unemployed library staff

Please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223 with registration questions.

*Unless otherwise specified that a Friend or Board Member/Trustee is not eligible for a training or workshop.

Note: paid consultants are not eligible to attend DLD workshops or webinars.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Gail Hurley | (860) 704-2222.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

For the most up-to-date information, call us at 860-704-2200.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.