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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Want to Know Your Community? Get Outside

    Springfield (Mass.) City Library is  one of 10 libraries  taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Mason Square Branch Supervisor Ted McCoy talks about the importance of getting outside in your community.   As ...

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

  6. One Year Later: An Interview with Ferguson (Mo.) Library Director Scott Bonner

    Aug. 9 marks one year since police in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown. With the anniversary looming this Sunday, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner is hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Bo ...

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

  7. Red Hook Makes: From Borrowed Van to Mobile Maker Lab

    Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library is  one of 10 libraries  taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, library director Erica Freudenberger describes how her library's work with the Harwood Institute is helping ...

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

  8. Learn to Lead Positive Community Change at ALA 2015

    All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Join ALA and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation at ALA's 2015 Annual Conference on Saturday, June 27, for a series of four learn ...

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

  9. ALA invites member feedback at Kitchen Table Conversations at 2015 Annual Conference

    As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to receive feedback about how it is communicating with current and prospe ...

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

  10. Politicking the Delicate Balance between Tradition and Change

    Columbus (Wis.) Public Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Library Director Cindy Fesemyer talks about how her library is getting communication flowing between different fac ...

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