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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 t ...

    SOSTMAN - 11/02/2016 - 08:42 - Libraries Transform

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 Librar ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/31/2016 - 11:58 - Libraries Transform

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 06/06/2016 - 09:42 - Libraries Transform

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 03/16/2016 - 15:02 - Libraries Transform

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 11/30/2015 - 09:09 - Libraries Transform

  6. Getting Started with the Harwood Approach

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ac ...

    SOSTMAN - 09/11/2015 - 09:03 - Libraries Transform

  7. Columbus (Wis.) Public Library Gets Benched

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 f ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/25/2015 - 10:01 - Libraries Transform

  8. 13 Indiana Libraries Receive Scholarship from MCLS to Attend Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 fo ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/24/2015 - 12:08 - Libraries Transform

  9. Want to Know Your Community? Get Outside

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/12/2015 - 13:01 - Libraries Transform

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 prepari ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/07/2015 - 10:11 - Libraries Transform

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