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The Role of Libraries and Museums in
Comprehensive Community Development
June 19, 2014
Susan H. Hildreth Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services
On January 19, 2011, President Obama appointed Susan H. Hildreth to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Her nomination to her new
post was confirmed by the US Senate by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010. Hildreth had been the city librarian in Seattle for the previous two years.
Before moving to Seattle, Hildreth served for five years as California’s state librarian, a position to which she was appointed by Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Previously, Hildreth was at the San Francisco Public Library, where she served as deputy director and then city librarian. Her background also
includes five years as deputy library director at the Sacramento Public Library, several years as Placer County's head librarian, and four years as library director
for the Benicia Public Library, all in California. She began her career as a branch librarian at the Edison Township Library in New Jersey.
Hildreth was active in the American Library Association, serving as president of the Public Library Association in 2006. She has a master's degree in library
science from State University of New York at Albany, a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and a bachelor of arts, cum laude,
from Syracuse University.
Hildreth is serving a four-year term as the Director of the Institute. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and
library communities.
CHRISTOPHER WALKER, Director of Research and Assessment , Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Chris Walker is Director of Research and Assessment for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the nation’s foremost community development intermediary.
He is responsible for assembling, conducting, sponsoring, and disseminating high-quality research on community development’s contributions to the well-being
of individuals, families and communities. He also supports the research activities of the 30 LISC local programs throughout the United States.
His current work includes research into LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities program, a comprehensive place-based initiative to support community change
in more than 100 neighborhoods in cities where LISC works, analysis of financial capability outcomes for clients of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers, and
research into the role of arts and culture in community revitalization.
Prior to joining LISC in late 2005, Mr. Walker directed a community and economic development research program at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC,
including national studies of federal- and foundation-funded affordable housing, community lending, cultural participation, and other community and economic
development issues.
Chris Siefert, Deputy Director, Children’s Museum Pittsburgh
In 2007 Chris Siefert was appointed to the Children’s Museum Pittsburgh as Deputy Director. In this role, Siefert implemented the Charm Bracelet Project, oversaw the
development of a $6.1 million city park revitalization, manages numerous, capital projects and oversees five museum departments. Prior to this appointment, Siefert
taught sculpture at Louisiana State University (1996-1998); served as Director of Exhibits for Children’s Museum Pittsburgh (1998-2000); and served as project manager for
the capital expansion of the Children’s Museum Pittsburgh which opened in November 2004. In 2013, Siefert was awarded a fellowship from the Noyce Leadership
Siefert received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University [where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow] and a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He studied
planning at the Denmark International Studies program and he attended the Museum Management Institute sponsored by the Getty Leadership Institute in 2000. Prior to
his master’s degree, Siefert worked with interdisciplinary design teams at Cesar Pelli and Associates and Balmori Associates in New Haven, Connecticut on several notable
projects. Across his professional and artistic career, Siefert received an AIA Public Space Award, the Times Project Organization Public Artwork Grant, and grants from the
Louisiana Division of The Arts amongst other grants, awards, and commissions.
As an extension of his work, Siefert actively participates in conferences and symposia addressing issues of non-profit management and the roles for institutions in their
community. Siefert is currently Vice President of the Northside Cultural Collaborative, a member of the Allegheny Commons Steering Committee, and is President of the
Pittsburgh Dynamo youth soccer club.
Matthew K. Poland, Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library
Matt Poland joined Hartford Public Library in June 2008 as Deputy Administrator and was named Interim Director in December 2008. Poland was appointed the Library’s
ninth leader since 1893 and its first chief executive officer in October 2009.
Prior to joining the Library, Poland was senior vice president and general manager for Work/Life Innovations, an award-winning employee assistance and work/life
programming organization. Prior to joining Work/Life Innovations, he was senior vice president for human resources at Community Newspaper Company and Veritude,
both Fidelity Investments Companies in Boston. Before Boston, Matt worked at The Hartford Courant where he held the positions of vice president for human resources
and community affairs, vice president for operations, production director, and director of employee relations. He began his career in retail banking and human resources in
the financial services sector in Hartford.
Poland received his bachelor’s degree with honors in philosophy and literature from St. John’s College Seminary (Boston, MA). He also has completed executive leadership
and management programs at Harvard University, Babson College, University of Southern California, and the Times Mirror Executive Leadership Institute.
Poland currently is a member and former chairman of the Hartford Board of Education and is a member of the Community Steering Committee of Opportunities Hartford.
He serves on the executive committee of the board of the Urban Libraries Council, is a board member for Hartford Performs, a corporator for Hartford Hospital and the
iQuilt Partnership, and serves on the leadership committee and policy cabinet of MoveUP!. Poland is also a member of the American Library Association, the Connecticut
Library Association, Leadership Greater Hartford, Society for Human Resources Management, and the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut. He is a
LeadBoston Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Hartford Magazine named him one of Hartford’s Most Influential People in 2013.
Webinar on Museum / Library Community Engagement
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Institute of Museum and Library Services
IMLS Strategic Goals
IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in libraries and museums that
prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society.
IMLS promotes museums and libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement,
cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.
IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections and promotes the use of
technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.
IMLS advises the President and Congress on plans, policies, and activities to sustain and increase public
access to information and ideas.
IMLS achieves excellence in public management and performs as a model organization through strategic
alignment of IMLS resources and prioritization of programmatic activities, maximizing value for the
American public.
Leveraging Strengths/Seeing Value in Different Community Institutions
Community Wellbeing
broader perspective on community need
better understanding of respective roles
Library and
Recent investments
• Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience - Seattle, WA
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience will produce a newly designed tour program to empower the Asian Pacific
American community to share their stories, help stimulate the local economy, and promote the historic and cultural vibrancy of the district.
The Chinatown International District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is Seattle’s lowest-income neighborhood, struggling with
multiple issues that threaten its preservation. The program will emphasize community storytelling and audience engagement.
• City of Omaha – Omaha, NE
The Omaha Public Library and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Public Affairs Research will produce a toolkit of useful
resources and a replicable model to guide public libraries toward leadership roles in civic engagement efforts in their local communities.
The project will also help libraries to measure and communicate the value they add to the community. Deliverables will include principles,
practices, and tools to help libraries engage with citizens and other organizations to produce a map of local needs and available assets, a
portal of resources and guidelines to help position libraries as key community anchor organizations, and methods and metrics to help public
libraries measure, assess, and communicate the success and impact of their services and programs.
Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives:
Emerging Experience
Chris Walker
LISC Director of Research &
June 19, 2014
A Research Project Supported by
The Institute for Museum and Library Services
LISC Direct Support for Museums and Libraries
Los Angeles
St. Paul
Points of Entry: Physical Revitalization
 Community planning and development
 Construction and renovation of own facilities
 Creative placemaking
Museum & Library Benefits to Communities
Physical and
Community as
Source of
Pride, Identity,
and Enrichment
And Preservation
Of Spaces with
Aesthetic Value
as Safe and
Participation in
Lifelong Learning
And Access to
Increased Social
Diverse Groups
In Community
Increased Support
For Well-Being
Of all Community
More WellFunctioning
Public Spaces and
Reduced Vacancy
Visible Signs
Of Community
Identity Pride,
And Attachment
Educational &
Preserved and
Diversity of
Institutions and
Social Policy
And Programs
Increased Public Safety
Better Public Health
Higher Incomes and
Increased Property Values
Increased Tax Revenues
Source: Adapted from How-Art-Works, 2012, by LISC Research and Assessment
Patronage of
In Entrepreneurial Local Businesses
Small Business
Development and
Of Economic
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
New York, NY
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Points of Entry: Community-Building
 Organizing and volunteer mobilization
 Community cultural development
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
Chicago, IL
Queens Museum
Queens, NY
Points of Entry: Collective Impact
 Youth Development
 Workforce Development
 Health Promotion
Colleton Museum and Farmers’ Market
Walterboro, SC
Detroit Public Library
Detroit, MI
Terms of Museum and Library Engagement
Institutional Commitment
Engagement is Integral
Engagement is Add-On
Locus of Decisionmaking
Decisions are Collective and Consensual
Institution is Sole Decisionmaker
Connection to Community Efforts
Institution Supports Multiple Efforts
Institution is Unaware
Level of Institutional Effort
High Priority to Senior Management
Small Scale
Length of Involvement
Series of One-Off Efforts
Sustained Partnerships Across Multiple Efforts
Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives:
Emerging Experience
Report Availability
Summer, 2014
LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development
Chris Walker, Director of Research and Assessment, LISC
[email protected]
The mission of the Children’s Museum of
Pittsburgh is to provide innovative
museum experiences that inspire joy,
creativity and curiosity.
In-House Partners
• Pittsburgh Public Schools: Pre-K
Head Start Programs
• Reading is Fundamental
• Saturday Light Brigade
• Neighborhood Allies
• University of Pittsburgh Center for
Learning in Out of School
Environments [UPCLOSE]
• Youth ALIVE
The Charm Bracelet Project
A network of cultural, educational, and recreational organizations transforming traditional understandings of how institutions make community impact.
Works collectively to foster a vibrant, attractive and accessible Northside that is unified by visible, lasting connections between organizations and amenities.
RESOURCE and NETWORK for each other and for other organizations
CHALLENGE to take on new and different possibilities and partnerships outside of the typical
VISION for ‘street level activity’ through collaborative programs in “everyday space”
Children’s Museum – 2004 expansion
Buhl Community Park – 2012
New Hazlett Theater - 2006
Library Building: 2015
Community Day in the Park
July 21, 2007
Architecture with
Andrea Cochran
Hood Design
La Dallman
Klavon Design
Chris Siefert
[email protected]
Contact Matt Poland:
Hartford Public Library
Tel: (860) 695-6303
[email protected]
The LISC Institute for Comprehensive
Community Development is designed to
share knowledge and resources with LISC staff,
local agencies in the LISC network and others
who are working in the field of comprehensive
community development.
The Institute website, trainings, webinars and
peer-to-peer support are tools that help
practitioners and their partners successfully
implement comprehensive community

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