How do partnerships influence the impact of your profession on the community you serve and the goals you hope to achieve?

Through explorations and learning experiences in the Study Abroad Program with Dr. Dotson and Dr. Dotson-Blake, I was able to determine that partnerships help achieve the mutually beneficial goals of all parties invested. They help the achievement of goals through resources that aid the progress of goals.

Cascais Public Library

National Library of Portugal

My role as a an academic librarian not only includes bringing students and information together but bringing the community together through significant partnerships between school, the local community, and families within this community. As a librarian at a community college, there are many families with multiple students in the family, which sometimes includes a parent and a child as students. Not only are these external partnerships important, but so are the partnerships within the school such as the partnerships between librarian and professor. These partnerships strengthen and reinforce learning that takes place in the context of each student and that student’s family, which impacts (immediately and in the long-run) the surrounding community.

Castelo dos Mouros


Definition: Stakeholders collaborating towards advancement of the community by advancing dynamic goals.

Why They Matter: Partnerships promote progress.

Intercultural Communication: Diversity is necessary for more than just gene variation. It gives us all a purpose.

Cultural Considerations: The word “partnerships” can mean different things in different languages, but regardless the language, partnerships are necessary in every culture.

Personal Connections

Librarian @ Portugal National Library in Lisbon

“Community partnerships are necessary for students and general researchers so that the culture and information produced in Portugal can be carried down from generation to generation.”

Uber Driver @ Lisbon, Portugal

After taking us through a newly “decorated” underpass, the Uber driver explained to us the significance of the rainbow tiles along the walls of the underpass. The newly place rainbow tiles represent the LGBTQ+ community and this was done for Pride Month (June) to celebrate the diversity, especially that of the LGBTQ+ community of Portugal.

Tuk-Tuk Driver @ Sintra

Partnerships are important for everyone that comes to Portugal and the Lisbon/Sintra areas. Most Tuk-Tuk drivers are well versed in the histories of the region so that tourists and visitors (and even locals) can learn more about the history and background of the area and the individual locations in the area.

Public Librarian @ Cascais Public Library

The Public Library in Cascais has lots to offer for younger kids, with almost the entire first floor of the library dedicated to kids and teenagers. Three rooms are dedicated learning spaces for kids within this age range. Partnerships between the library and school-age students are important to the growth of the community. The library also offers public computer use and literature for adults and no late fees to encourage library use.

Concierge @ Sana Reno Hotel in Lisbon

Partnerships are important to businesses in the community. This is especially true for businesses that support tourists and those from other areas of the world that come to Lisbon to learn about the culture of Portugal. By having partnerships between businesses in the community, the culture and therefore community as a whole is easily advanced.

Bartender @ Magnetic Bar in Lisbon

The playground in the neighborhood close to the hotel, when it was built, brought the surrounding communities together by bringing children to the playground and therefore their families. As a kids soccer coach, he has witnessed this change in community partnerships. Partnerships between two communities were established because of the effort put forth about one year ago when the new playground was completed.

Bartender @ Sana Reno in Lisbon

It was told stated the sports system in this city concentrates on fĂștbol (soccer) rather than any other sport. No funding goes to other sports. It seems as though this promotes adversity rather than diversity.