Open Libraries Feasibility Assessment

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Open Libraries Feasibility Assessment

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota




This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between Scott County and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project ( The goal of this project was to assess the feasibility of the open self-serve libraries model for implementation in Scott County. Scott County project lead Kristy Rieger collaborated with students in a course at St. Catherine’s University taught by Dr. Anthony Molaro, LIS 7700. Three student teams analyzed different aspects of potential implementation through conducting a survey of residents, and exploring marketing strategies to effectively communicate the open library model to the public. Final reports and presentation slides from the student teams are available.


Reports and presentations completed by students enrolled in LIS 7700: Management of Libraries and Information Centers, taught by Dr. Anthony Molaro in Spring 2019.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance community resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at

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Bartlett, Chelsea; Bostrom, Molly; Chovan, Eleanor; Eschweiler, Deb; Hoitomt, Krista; Klinesmith, Sarah; Konstan, Ellen; Kenning, Ren; Para, Maggie; Riestenberg, Jennifer; Schmierer, Alee; Walter, Meghan; Wetzel, Shannon. (2019). Open Libraries Feasibility Assessment. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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