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California libraries support their communities during wildfire response and recovery

As wildfires force evacuations throughout Northern California, libraries are once again providing vital assistance to their communities. For the past three years, Common Knowledge has supported the members of the NorthNet Library System as they provide aid to their counties and each other, with resources we’ve helped them capture at LibraryRecovery.org. In addition to safe spaces, [...]

By | September 13th, 2021|Categories: Inspiring People, Partner Profile, Top|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Constructive engagement about rental housing policies in Redwood City

For communities throughout California, the question of how to meet affordable housing needs is a perennial challenge. And the pandemic has heightened tensions around landlords and tenants. Through our work with Home for All and cities throughout San Mateo County, Common Knowledge has pioneered an approach that invites community members to share their hopes, values, ideas, [...]

By | September 13th, 2021|Categories: Increasing Participation, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

Research highlights need for New Resume resources

How do we make sense of the difficulty employers are having when looking for workers when there are so many people unemployed or underemployed hoping to get a job? One major factor is that the online resume screening that most companies use is deleting all kinds of people who could be strong candidates if the criteria [...]

By | September 13th, 2021|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

Equity in Action: Engaging the families of English language learners

Public agencies are on the receiving end of a lot of complaints. Some may be due to things that are within their control, but several complaints encompass larger challenges, beyond what an agency can impact with its programs and policies. As agencies grapple with how to address this negative input, often overlooked are the parts of [...]

Peer-to-peer voter educators increase online participation

Adult students at California’s library literacy programs have long been some of our most valued co-creators and collaborators in designing accessible nonpartisan election information, such as the Easy Voter Guide. Last year, the California State Library supported a refresh of the Key to Community Voter Engagement Project. Adult learner leaders from around the state came to [...]

Creating community in the time of COVID

As a mother of three daughters, ages 10 to 15, for many years Monica Cañas has been an active volunteer in Larkspur-Corte Madera School District’s Cove Elementary School and Hall Middle School in Marin County. Her sustained efforts led to her being appointed to serve on the school board in 2018. In addition to those official [...]

Library teams share lessons learned about disaster response and ambitious next steps

As California marks the end to yet another record-breaking fire season and enters a challenging next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries across northern California are working together to improve their capacity to prepare and respond to disasters. Libraries have been innovating and reflecting on the important role they play in building community resilience and their [...]

Libraries come together to increase disaster preparedness

“It’s not if, but when, the next disaster strikes.” Back in January 2020, these were the words from more than one library director at the NorthNet Library System (NLS) regional meeting. The NorthNet Library System brings together 41 member libraries in Northern California across 29 counties, many of whom have faced record-breaking wildfires, earthquakes, floods and [...]

Prepare for the Nov. 3 election with the Easy Voter Guide

With California voters already beginning to receive their ballots by mail, many people have questions about this year’s election. The Easy Voter Guide is here to help. Designed for busy voters as well as new voters, the guide is a nonpartisan starting point to get oriented about changes in how to vote in the Nov. 3 [...]

By | October 7th, 2020|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|0 Comments

What do community members want to know about housing?

When it comes to providing information on complex issues, such as housing, it can be hard to know where to begin. Some people seem to know a lot, some not very much and confusion feels prevalent. Click the image above to see a larger version of Half Moon Bay's housing background handout. For the [...]