Libraries Foster Community Engagement Community
Outside the Lines is coming up! (http://getoutsidethelines.org/)
Participating? ALA wants to see you in action. From Sept. 14-20, hold an event or campaign that shows off how creative and innovative your library is. Post a group selfie (or "usie) to FB or Twitter using the hashtag #getOTL and you could win a MaKey MaKey kit and a Spinbot kit from ALA. Details below.
Look here for fun inspirational videos: http://getoutsidethelines.org/for-libraries
GET OUTSIDE THE LINES @ YOUR LIBRARY
Campaign for America's Libraries
The Campaign for America’s Libraries supports the Outside the Lines initiative for providing a way for libraries and librarians to reach out to their communities and promote public awareness for today’s libraries.
During the Outside the Lines event, Sept.14-20, 2014, organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host an event or campaign to help people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and are more relevant than ever to people’s lives.
In honor of Outside the Lines, the Campaign for America’s Libraries has developed a special promotion to help showcase what libraries and librarians are doing to reconnect and reengage the public with today’s libraries.
All librarians who are planning outreach and community engagement activities during the week of Sept. 14-20, 2014 are encouraged to share an “usie" on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #getOTL. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a MaKey MaKey kit and a Spinbot kit.
Outside the Lines is an R-Squared initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed. This weeklong, national celebration takes place Sept. 14-20, 2014. Outside the Lines takes many of the concepts discussed at R-Squared, The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.
The Campaign for America’s is Libraries is the ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions.
Sign up today for the ALA/Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab for Libraries. Spaces are filling quickly. The deadline is Sept. 30.
See below for details.
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation are accepting reservations for an intensive three-day training program to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.
The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 8 to 10 at the Loudermilk Convention Center in Atlanta. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are encouraged to register.
Participants must register online by Sept. 30. The cost is $1,495 for the first person from an organization and $995 for each additional person. Team participation is encouraged.
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;
- draw out people’s shared aspirations for their communities and help bring them to life;
- convene and lead productive, insightful community conversations;
- become stewards of public knowledge.
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.
“Libraries are undergoing a transformational shift,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels. “They are no longer passive providers of services; they are consensus-builders and a driving force in community change. The ‘turning outward’ approach equips library professionals with the skills they need not only to adapt, but lead.”
Said Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute, “Libraries have increasingly become important places for people to gather and use our approach to engage and work together on the challenges their communities face. We’ve been really pleased to see how many people are realizing that their libraries are places where they can step forward and help create positive, lasting change.”
For more information, visit http://www.theharwoodinstitute.org/atlanta-lab/.
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 support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
About The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md., that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. The institute is guided by Richard C. Harwood, whose transformational work during the past 25 years has spread to thousands of communities nationally and worldwide, from small towns to large cities.
ALA Center for Civic Life
The Conversation Continues:
Hosting Public Issues Forums @ your library
The Place Where Democracy Happens
Learn to convene and moderate community discussions in
4 free monthly online workshops presented through ProgrammingLibrarian.org with support from the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.
An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library
Tuesday, February 28
Now archived at:
Moderating Forums @ your library--Nuts and Bolts
Tuesday, March 27, 4:00-5:00 EST; 3:00 – 4:00 CST; 1:00 – 2:00 PST
Now Archived at:
Webinar # 3
Practicing Moderating @ your library
Tuesday, April 24
Now Archived at:
Convening Forums @ your library--Nuts and Bolts
Tuesday, May 22
Guides for Community Discussions:
National Issues Forums (NIF) and Others
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT; 3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT; 1:00 – 2:00 PDT
Downloadable resources below
The American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life, launched in 2010 with the Kettering Foundation, promotes community engagement and fosters public deliberation through libraries. The Center is building the capacity of libraries and librarians to help citizens engage in the civic life of their communities.
We need your help to get 100 signatures of ALA members!
Please add your e-signature to our petition to form/renew an ALA Membership Initiative Group entitled: Libraries Foster Community Engagement.
Sign the e-petition at: http://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=D086C2BB10BC9B4D
Hope you'll forward this petition to your colleagues.
--Nancy Kranich, Petition Initiator
Libraries Foster Community Engagement MIG purpose and goals.
Libraries Foster Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group (MIG) will provide an ALA organizational home for anyone interested in the work of library-led community engagement. It is a community of practice where participants share experiences facilitating public forums, fostering community and civic engagement, and leading change in communities. Participants will also hear about professional development opportunities and library experiences related to convening, dialogue facilitation, forum moderation, deliberative dialogue and local partnerships to help communities understand issues of concern and solve problems together. This MIG will involve participants from the former Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement MIG, and will include those who advise the ALA Center for Civic Life and those who participate in the Libraries Transforming Communities project. Among the goals for this group are:
- Rename the Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group: “Libraries Foster Community Engagement.”
- Build on the strong work of the earlier MIG begun in 2004.
- Provide a community of practice for those interested in the overarching work of building community relationships (work served by the ALA Center for Civic Life, the Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement MIG, the Libraries Transforming Communities project and other future and past work) that is widely accessible and dynamic for as large a group of participants as possible
- Ensure that the various cohorts who are completing the Harwood Institute Public Innovator labs have an opportunity to share their experiences and resources with their fellow participants
20 people met at ALA Annual in Las Vegas to discuss how we can form a community of practice among people who want to advance community engagement through libraries.
Here's a quick summary of the conversations at our June 29, 2014 meeting:
- Community of practice
- A push for leadership to get this group going
- Hold a conference call soon to discuss next steps
- Academic libraries
- Great ideas individually
- Need to collaborate with like minded institutions
- Community connecting
- Local information sources
- Connect with other communities
- Talk together outside conferences
- Youth engagement
- HPA--good synthesis of using real life situations
- Online social media presence model
- Social contract is that we'll listen
At ALA Midwinter and online, we'll keep working toward creating a community of practice to advance library engagement with communities in town, at school, on campus and online. To learn more about these issues, here's an updated bibliography that is also posted on the ALA Civic Engagement blog at: http://discuss.ala.org/civicengagement/
We welcome participation from the broader library community and beyond.
--Nancy Kranich, Convener
Here is a program you might want to attend at Annual
Singapore Libraries-Trend Setters in Community Engagement and Collaboration
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center- N111
Come hear how the innovative, award-winning National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) has embarked on successful efforts such as Read@Schools and SURE (Source, Understand, Research and Evaluate) to encourage reading and through public libraries across the country to raise the level of information literacy nationwide. In addition to learning how NLB works collaboratively with government and community groups to achieve societal goals within Singapore, NLB will discuss its leading efforts in the Asia Pacifica project, modeled after the Europeana, to share digital materials from libraries, archives and other content institutions in the Asia Pacific
In case you missed it -- the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) held a great webinar yesterday, "The Role of Libraries and Museums in Comprehensive Community Development."
Here is a link to the archived webinar: http://www.instituteccd.org/resources/5029
And a June 9 LISC article, "A new role for local libraries and museums": http://www.instituteccd.org/news/5016
Featured in both the webinar and article is Matthew Poland, CEO of Hartford Public Library, one of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort members. Matthew talks about how HPL works with immigrant populations, both by connecting them with resources and as a catalyst for conversation between the immigrants and their receiving communities.
Also represented: IMLS and the Pittsburgh's Children's Museum.
CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Library professionals are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to offer a series of sessions at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference that will help librarians leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.
The 2014 ALA Annual Conference will take place June 26 to July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
In four “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community” sessions, library professionals will gain practical tools to aid in decision-making, planning and group facilitation and will discuss methods to remain engaged and rejuvenated professionally and personally. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change.
- “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations” (8:30 to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 28) will help librarians focus on community aspirations, identify next steps for change and create an aspirations-based story for their community as a starting point for library action.
- “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz” (1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28) will introduce librarians to the “Turn Quiz” tool, enabling them to assess the focus of their efforts in the community as they shift their orientation from internal to external.
- “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality” (8:30 to 10 a.m., Sunday, June 29) will enable participants to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.
- “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself” (1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 29) will help librarians personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.
All four gatherings will take place in Las Vegas Convention Center room S223.
Similar sessions were previously offered at the Public Library Association 2014 Conference in March, where they drew a large number of attendees.
“I think this (approach) can help libraries engage more communities and move libraries toward a brighter future,” wrote one PLA attendee of the “Turning Outward” sessions.
The sessions are offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), an ALA initiative that seeks to strengthen librarians’ roles as core community leaders and change agents. LTC addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. The initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“ALA started the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative because we believe that librarians’ roles as core community leaders is vital to the success of libraries and the communities that support them,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “When we examine library-led community engagement and innovation, we see a domino effect of positive results, from stronger relationships with local civic agencies to an increased investment in collaboration, education, health and well-being.”
The community engagement techniques shared through LTC are based on the Harwood Institute’s “turning outward” practice, which emphasizes shifting the institutional and professional orientation of libraries and librarians from internal to external.
In April, ALA announced 10 U.S. public libraries — representing the range of American communities in terms of size, location, ethnic and racial diversity and socioeconomic status — that will take part in the LTC Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, intensive training program in which library professionals will put the “turning outward’ method to work on challenges in their communities.
ALA Public Programs Office (PPO)
- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/219117#sthash.l6Y3cTMG.dpuf
The webinar, "Hosting and Leading Community Conversations"--created for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort on June 24, 2014--is now archived and available on the LTC Resources for Library Professionals page: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communit....
This webinar explains how to apply the content from the Community Conversation Guide (also available on the Resources page) in order to set up conversations that will engage members of the community and generate Public Knowledge.