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  1. Stipends available – ALA dialogue/deliberation workshop at ALA 2018

    Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. “Li ...

    SOSTMAN - 02/26/2018 - 16:13 - Professional Tools

  2. Libraries Transforming Communities: Origins and Outlook

    As ALA and its partners roll out Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, we thought it would be helpful to share ALA’s goals and the history behind this initiative. Librarians: Facilitators and Change Leaders Over the past 10 years, ALA has ...

    SOSTMAN - 12/12/2017 - 11:08 - Professional Tools

  3. ALA awarded IMLS grant to offer free community engagement training for libraries

    The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has been awarded $243,922 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for a two-year professional development project that will train libra ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  4. Midwest Collaborative for Library Services: Investing in Libraries as Public Innovators in Indiana

    Randy Dykhuis is executive director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS). Here, he discusses his organization's work with the "Turning Outward" approach.  In 2015, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) pa ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  5. Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library: Coming Home from the Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

    Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library sent two staff members to the ALA/Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab for Libraries in 2015. Here, Library Director Austin Stroud shares the experience of putting the Turning Outward process to work afte ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  6. Suffolk (Va.) Public Library: Turning Outward to Chuckatuck

    Suffolk (Va.) Public Library is  one of 10 libraries  that took part in an intensive 18-month training in the Turning Outward approach as part of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. Here, Assistant Director Sarah Townsend share ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  7. Transforming School Communities: An Interview with Blue Valley High School's Ken Stewart

    In 2014, a partnership between the American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation resulted in Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), an ALA initiative that provides resources, training and support for libraries to en ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  8. Getting Started with the Harwood Approach

    Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library is  one of 10 public libraries  that comprise the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort. Here, Library Associate Larry Boothe (shown below, at right) shares his tips for getting acquainted with the &q ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  9. Columbus (Wis.) Public Library Gets Benched

    By Alison Marcotte, Editorial Intern, American Libraries   Almost a year after Columbus (Wis.) Public Library developed its “Root for Columbus” campaign in October 2014, the city is sitting on the bench—art benches, that is. Stemming from a Libraries Tran ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools

  10. 13 Indiana Libraries Receive Scholarship from MCLS to Attend Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab

    LANSING, Mich. — The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has announced that 23 individuals from 13 Indiana libraries were selected to receive a scholarship from MCLS to attend the 2015 Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab for Libraries  in Detr ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/24/2017 - 13:13 - Professional Tools