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Free workshop with National Issues Forums at ALA Midwinter

The ALA Public Programs Office is offering a FREE dialogue and deliberation preconference workshop at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Please join us!

PLEASE NOTE: THE WORKSHOP IS NOW OPEN TO PEOPLE FROM ALL TYPES OF LIBRARIES (PUBLIC, ACADEMIC, K-12, AND OTHER). We will offer breakout sessions for academic and non-academic libraries so you will have time to learn with your peers. You can read more in the original press release below.

Space is limited, so please register soon! You can do so at this link: https://apply.ala.org/ltcmidwinter/

Questions? Email the Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org. Thanks!


Academic library workers invited to free dialogue and deliberation workshop at Midwinter 2018 (UPDATE 1/9/18: NOW OPEN TO ALL LIBRARY TYPES)

The American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will offer a free one-day workshop to teach academic librarians how to convene and facilitate community conversations on issues of importance to their communities and the nation.

The workshop, “Libraries Transforming Communities: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Participation is free for those registered for the Midwinter Meeting; academic library practitioners and students are welcome. Space in the workshop is limited, and advance registration and some pre-work is required. Learn more and register online.

The workshop will be led by experts affiliated with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a nonpartisan network of organizations and individuals that promote public deliberation in the United States. National Issues Forums are neutral, moderated forums where people come together with the goal of finding a shared direction to take based on our values.

Participants in this session will experience a National Issues Forum, learn the principles of deliberative dialogue and receive training in the NIFI approach of how to convene a forum and build skills as a forum moderator.

The event is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, an initiative of ALA and NCDD that seeks to strengthen libraries’ role as core community leaders and agents of change. This workshop is the culminating session of a learning series for academic libraries. Workshop participants must view three pre-recorded, 90-minute webinars before the Feb. 9 in-person gathering.

LTC: Models for Change is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant number RE-40-16-0137-16.