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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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by Nancy Kranich on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 02:07 pm

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Discussion ALA Libraries Foster Community Engagement MIG Meeting, MW 2015, Sunday, Feb 1, 8:30 am, MCC W195

by Nancy Kranich on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 02:04 pm

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference – Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 8:30 - 10:00 am, McCormick PL West W195

 

  AGENDA

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference – Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 8:30 - 10:00 am, McCormick PL West W195

 

  AGENDA

  1. Kettering Ecology of Democracy Book Discussion Groups
  2. Naming and Framing Webinars
  3. NIFI/American Commonwealth Partnership: The Changing World of Work -- What Should We Ask of Higher Education
  4. Harwood Institute,/ALA Partnership Community of Practice—Come share your interests/experiences in community engagement
  5. Community/Civic Engagement Activities Around the Country

(Send Other Suggestions to Nancy Kranich nancy.kranich@rutgers.edu)

Join Us. Bring Your Colleagues

Related Meetings of Interest

 

Follow the ALACenter for Civic Life

Blog: http://discuss.ala.org/civicengagement/

Libraries Foster Community Engagement ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/64933 

Subscribe to ALA's Civic Engagement listserv: http://lists.ala.org/wws

Learn to convene and moderate forums at:  http://www.programminglibrarian.org/library-planning/civic-engagement#.VKR1dWTF-Z4

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File NYPL-Director-of-Community-Engagement

by Nancy Kranich on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 05:06 pm

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Discussion Libraries Foster Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group Meeting, ALA MW 2015, Chicago, Sunday, February 1, 8:30 - 10:10am, McCormick Place West W195

by Nancy Kranich on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 04:52 pm

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference – Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 8:30 - 10:00 am, McCormick PL West W195

 

  AGENDA

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference – Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 8:30 - 10:00 am, McCormick PL West W195

 

  AGENDA

  1. Kettering Ecology of Democracy Book Discussion Groups
  2. Naming and Framing Webinars
  3. NIFI/American Commonwealth Partnership: The Changing World of Work -- What Should We Ask of Higher Education
  4. Harwood Institute,/ALA Partnership Community of Practice—Come share your interests/experiences in community engagement
  5. Community/Civic Engagement Activities Around the Country

(Send Other Suggestions to Nancy Kranich nancy.kranich@rutgers.edu)

Join Us. Bring Your Colleagues

Related Meetings of Interest

 

Follow the ALACenter for Civic Life

Blog: http://discuss.ala.org/civicengagement/

Libraries Foster Community Engagement ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/64933 

Subscribe to ALA's Civic Engagement listserv: http://lists.ala.org/wws

Learn to convene and moderate forums at:  http://www.programminglibrarian.org/library-planning/civic-engagement#.VKR1dWTF-Z4

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Discussion Naming and Framing Public Issues Webinar Series Fall 2014

by Nancy Kranich on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 05:58 pm

ALA Center for Civic Life

and the 

David Matthews Center for Civic Life

Presented

Naming and Framing Public Issues

ALA Center for Civic Life

and the 

David Matthews Center for Civic Life

Presented

Naming and Framing Public Issues

 (Free 3-part series)

Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

• Learn to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices.

• Uncover the deeper concerns of our communities.

Archived here

Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

• Learn the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort.

• Apply tools that help people weigh options for moving forward together.

Archived here

Session 3: Check-in (date tba)

Related resources are available below:

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Discussion Naming and Framing Public Issues Webinar Series Fall 2014

by Nancy Kranich on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 05:58 pm

ALA Center for Civic Life

and the 

David Matthews Center for Civic Life

Presented

Naming and Framing Public Issues

ALA Center for Civic Life

and the 

David Matthews Center for Civic Life

Presented

Naming and Framing Public Issues

 (Free 3-part series)

Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

• Learn to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices.

• Uncover the deeper concerns of our communities.

Archived here

Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

• Learn the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort.

• Apply tools that help people weigh options for moving forward together.

Archived here

Session 3: Check-in (date tba)

Related resources are available below:

More...

Discussion The Conversation Continues @ your library--New and Archived Webinars and Downloads

by Nancy Kranich on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 04:56 pm

 ALA Center for Civic Life

 Announces

 The Conversation Continues @ your library

The Place Where Democracy Happens 

NEW SERIES FALL 2014 

Naming and Framing Public Issues

 ALA Center for Civic Life

 Announces

 The Conversation Continues @ your library

The Place Where Democracy Happens 

NEW SERIES FALL 2014 

Naming and Framing Public Issues

 (Free 3-part series)

Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

• Learn to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices.

• Uncover the deeper concerns of our communities.

Archived here

Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

• Learn the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort.

• Apply tools that help people weigh options for moving forward together.

Archived here

Session 3: Check-in (date tba)

 

Archived Sessions 

Hosting Public Issues Forums @ your library

 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.

Getting Started

An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Now archived at: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/_a1087453682/getting-started-archive/

Moderating Forums @ your library--Nuts and Bolts

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Now Archived at:  https://ala.adobeconnect.com/_a1087453682/moderating-parti-archive/

Practicing Moderating @ your library

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Now Archived athttps://ala.adobeconnect.com/_a1087453682/moderating-partii-archive/

Convening Forums @ your library--Nuts and Bolts

Tuesday, May 22

Now Archived at: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/_a1087453682/convening-archive/

Guides for Community Discussions:

National Issues Forums (NIF) and Others

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

 

Downloadable resources below

For More Information, contact: Carolyn Caywood, cacaywood@cox.net; Nancy Kranich, nancy.kranich@rutgers.edu; Sarah Ostman, sostman@ala.org

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.

 

 

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Libraries Foster Community Engagement provides an ALA organizational home for members 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 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.

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