3. The Community Mapping Process

After completing this section, you will be able to...

  • Describe what you need to do before starting your community map
  • Assemble a team to help you create a community map
  • Collect information on the youth, the community, and the resources in your community

“Libraries can play an essential role in the process of community-building and should be seen as vital assets that exist at the very heart of community life.”

— John Kretzmann and John McKnight1


1: Building communities from the inside out: A path toward finding and mobilizing a community’s assets, pg. 191. By John Kretzmann and John McKnight, 1993. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications.