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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Springfield City Library: Turning Outward to Fight Violence

    Springfield (Massachusetts) 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 “turning outward” approach. Here, Mason Square Bra ...

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

  4. Close the Book on Hunger: Knox County Public Library's Food Drive Success

    Knox County (Indiana) 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 “turning outward” approach. Here, Library Director Emi ...

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

  5. Ferguson Library Director Gets Standing Ovation at ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting

    Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Mo., didn't expect to find his library in a crisis situation. And he certainly didn't have time to prepare. On Sunday, Feb. 2, at ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting, Bon ...

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

  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. Ferguson Library Director to Speak at ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting

    Libraries and their staffs are agents of positive community change, even under the most challenging and tension-filled circumstances. Ferguson (Missouri) Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner will discuss the recent turmoil in his community — and ...

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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