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Statewide Initiatives (NEW): Let's Talk! How to SOAR

How to SOAR

Interested in hosting a SOAR meeting with your trustees, community, or staff? This is your one-stop shop for all things SOAR. Check out the question and document bank, library resources, and links. Please contact us with any SOAR-related questions. 



  • Nancy Cummings-Schmidt, chairperson, State Council on Libraries and Literacy
  • Tod Colegrove, director, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Tammy Westergard, acting administrator, Nevada State Library, Archives, & Public Records


Idea bank

One of the beauties of SOAR is that it requires community collaboration. Do you have a great SOAR idea you'd like to share with the library community? Share which questions did (or didn't) work? Submit workshop ideas? Submit a question or idea here


Document bank


Online resources

American Library AssociationCenter for the Future of Libraries

The Aspen Institute, Rising To the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries


Print resources

Governor’s Conference on the Future of Libraries. Libraries:  Key to Democracy (1990)

Hammond, Sue Ann. The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry (2013)

Hammond, Sue Ann, Gina Hinrichs and Jacqueline Stavros. The Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy (2009)

Hulse, James. Oases of Culture (2003)

Nevada State Legislative Counsel Bureau, Bulletin 25.  Legislation Toward Effective Library and Related Services For the People of Nevada (1954)

Schenk, Gretchen Knief.  Public Library Service in Nevada:  A Survey With Recommendations (1958)

State of Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau.  Libraries and Other Systems For Storing Information, Bulletin No. 81-15 (1980)


Suggested Reading

Aldrich, Rebekkah Smith. Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World (2018)

Aldrich, Rebekkah Smith. Resilience (2018) 

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