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Discussion ALA/Harwood Public Innovators Lab for Libraries: October 14-16, 2015

by Sarah Ostman (staff) on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 09:26 am

ALA and the Harwood Institute have just announced our 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries. This year's training will be held in October in Detroit. Please join us!

Register online: http://www.cvent.com/events/the-harwood-ala-public-innovators-lab-for-li....

Feel free to email me with questions: sostman (at) ala (dot) org

Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office

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ALA and the Harwood Institute have just announced our 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries. This year's training will be held in October in Detroit. Please join us!

Register online: http://www.cvent.com/events/the-harwood-ala-public-innovators-lab-for-li....

Feel free to email me with questions: sostman (at) ala (dot) org

Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office

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ALA, Harwood Institute announce Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/07/ala-harwood-institute-ann...

Join ALA and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation for an intensive three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.   

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 14 - 16 at the DoubleTree Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and specialty libraries — are encouraged to register.

Through discussions, hands-on activities and collaborations with like-minded library professionals, participants will learn to:

  • tap libraries' natural values to contribute to the greater good and bring their communities together;
  • surface people’s shared aspirations for their communities through conversations and help bring them to life; and
  • use that knowledge to create programs and strategies to address challenges people care about and make the community stronger at the same time.

Participants must register online by Oct. 2. The cost is $1,495 for the first person from an organization and $995 for each additional person. Team participation is encouraged.

For more information, visit ala.org/LTC.

The ALA-Harwood Institute partnership is based on the idea that libraries, by virtue of their trusted position in their communities, are uniquely suited to help solve challenges of all types, from literacy to drug epidemics to distrust in government.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be based on Harwood’s “turning outward” approach, which emphasizes making the community the reference point for getting things done. This shift in orientation is achieved through practical steps: taking measures to better understand communities; being proactive about community issues; and putting community ambitions first.

The lab was recently enhanced to be even more hands-on, applied and practical. In May, nearly 300 Texas librarians participated in three new labs through a partnership between The Harwood Institute and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Libraries and library professionals around the country are already using The Harwood Institute’s approach to:

  • lead conversations with community members to better understand the kind of community they want and the challenges they see;
  • bring stakeholders together to get past gridlock and work on issues that matter to people;
  • improve library programming to be more relevant and connected to the struggles people face; and
  • better connect with underserved and often invisible populations in communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries is offered as part of the ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. The initiative addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and supportfor librarians to engage with their communities in new ways.

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Event Libraries Foster Community Engagement Member Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Meeting of the Libraries Foster Community Engagement Member Interest Group

Event ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Meeting of the ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee

Discussion Kitchen Table Conversations 2015: We want to hear from you about membership!

by Sarah Ostman (staff) on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, ALA will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference to get feedback about how we are communicating with current and prospective members.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, ALA will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference to get feedback about how we are communicating with current and prospective members.

In the 90-minute Kitchen Table Conversations, ALA staff and member leaders will ask volunteers a series of open-ended questions about their interactions with ALA. Topics may include joining and renewing, streamlining email communications, and how ALA can help members get the information they need. A note-taker will be present to record comments, but they will be kept anonymous.

The conference will be held June 25 to 30 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

The Kitchen Table Conversations are open to all conference-goers, regardless of membership status, and will be held at the following times. All gatherings will take place in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco Walnut room. (Follow the links to add the times to your Scheduler.)

The listening project is part of ALA’s effort to “turn outward” and better understand and serve its community through a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA has conducted Kitchen Table Conversations at previous national conferences; past topics have included library advocacy and the ALA conference experience. Previous participants in these conversations have said they welcome the opportunity to sit down with other attendees to share their thoughts and ideas with ALA.  

The “turning outward” approach is also helping libraries engage their communities. Libraries and library professionals around the country are using the Harwood Institute’s approach to:

  • lead conversations with community members to better understand their goals and concerns;
  • develop library strategic plans that benefit the library and the greater community;
  • connect with underserved segments of the library’s service area;
  • overcome political gridlock; and
  • create professional development opportunities that meet the library system’s needs.

Interested conference attendees can learn more about the approach at a series of four free, hands-on sessions. The sessions are offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), an ALA initiative that seeks to strengthen libraries’ roles as community leaders and change-agents by developing and distributing tools to help library professionals connect with their communities in new ways. The initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Discussion Columbus (Wis) Public Library: Politicking the Delicate Balance between Tradition and Change

by Sarah Ostman (staff) on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Columbus (Wis.) Public Library is part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, a group of 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an extensive 18-month training in the Harwood Institute's “turning outward” approach.
 
Library Director Cindy Fesemyer writes:
 

Columbus (Wis.) Public Library is part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, a group of 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an extensive 18-month training in the Harwood Institute's “turning outward” approach.
 
Library Director Cindy Fesemyer writes:
 
"Some folks here are excited by the influx of new ideas, creativity, dollars and opinions. Others really aren’t. This is the root of the matter for us here in Columbus. We are a community made up of the families that have been here for a few generations and the families that have been here for a few months. And let me tell you, political sparks fly when these two communities come together. That’s political with a little ‘p,’ mind you. Don’t even get me started on big ‘P’ politics..."

Read the full post on the Libraries Transforming Communities website: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communit...

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Discussion Springfield City Library: Turning Outward to Fight Violence

by Sarah Ostman (staff) on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

Springfield (MA) City Library is part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, a group of 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an extensive 18-month training in the Harwood Institute's “turning outward” approach.
 
Mason Square Branch Supervisor Jeff Lambert has written a blog post about how the training has led to programs to combat violence.
 

Springfield (MA) City Library is part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, a group of 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an extensive 18-month training in the Harwood Institute's “turning outward” approach.
 
Mason Square Branch Supervisor Jeff Lambert has written a blog post about how the training has led to programs to combat violence.
 
"The high profile deaths of black men at the hands of police in recent months have reinvigorated a national conversation about racial bias, law enforcement, use of force, and community cohesion. The actions taken by the director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, Scott Bonner, during the demonstrations following the Michael Brown shooting last August are exemplary of what a turned-outward library looks like. Scott decided early on to “be a library and keep being a library,” as he told a group of LIS students at the University of Illinois this December....

Read the full post on the Libraries Transforming Communities website: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communit...
  

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Discussion Kettering Foundation Offers Copies of Ecology of Democracy Book for Library Reading Groups

by Nancy Kranich on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

The Kettering Foundation is offering a limited number of copies of its newest book The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future to all libraries interested in hosting book discussion groups or other community conversations. A series of questions to facilitate these conversations is also available.  

The Kettering Foundation is offering a limited number of copies of its newest book The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future to all libraries interested in hosting book discussion groups or other community conversations. A series of questions to facilitate these conversations is also available.  

To read insights others have drawn from the book and participate in conversations with people who are ready to put the ideas into practice in their own communities, visit www.ecologyofdemocracy.org and watch a video presentation by the author, David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation.

A press release, book description, book postcard, and sample questions are attached.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for libraries to participate in discussions about the future of our democracy with concerned citizens in their communities.  The effort is co-sponsored by the American Library Association Center for Civic Life and the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation.

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