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Building Your Library’s Capacity for Community-Led Planning

Libraries are striving to make their public programs and services more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and socially just. But how can they turn this vision into reality? Community-led planning and evaluation is an approach that can help libraries de-center Whiteness and colonial perspectives to instead empower and defer to their diverse communities. Based on the findings of a new empirical research study, learn how to increase your library’s capacity to engage in community-led planning for adult public programs.


After this webinar, you will:

• Understand what community-led planning is and how it works

• Know the key factors that can increase a library’s capacity for community-led planning

• Be able to apply twelve steps to increase your library’s capacity for community-led work.

Building Your Library’s Capacity for Community-Led Planning


$25 per person for 4+licenses

  • Dr. Audrey Barbakoff is the CEO of Co/Lab Capacity, which helps libraries grow and develop through community-centered consulting. She brings more than a decade of experience in public library leadership and innovation rooted in community engagement. In addition to her MLIS she holds a doctorate in organizational change and leadership; her research focused on building capacity for equity, diversity, and inclusion in public libraries through community-led planning. Her contributions have been recognized by Library Journal Mover & Shakers, Urban Libraries Council Top Innovators, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal “20 Under 40” and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Dr. Barbakoff is the author of Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults. Her second book, Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library, is forthcoming in fall 2022. Find her at

  • Single-seat license is $49. Ask about group rates for parties of 4 or more (email

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