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  1. San Jose Public Library: Navigating a Community Conversation with Language Barriers

    SOSTMAN's blog San José 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, librarian Ran ...

    SOSTMAN - 02/24/2016 - 12:56 - Libraries Transform

  2. "Share a Coke": A Creative Tip for Getting Staff Involved

    SOSTMAN's blog One of the first steps in the “turning outward” approach is to convene conversations with members of your own organization. Several Harwood Institute tools — including Aspirations, Turn Outward and Intentionality — are designed to help ...

    SOSTMAN - 02/24/2016 - 12:56 - Libraries Transform

  3. San José Public Library on Using the Aspirations Exercise

    SOSTMAN's blog San José 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. In May, a team of fi ...

    SOSTMAN - 02/24/2016 - 12:55 - Libraries Transform

  4. Learn to "Turn Outward" at ALA 2014 Annual Conference

    SOSTMAN's blog The 2014 ALA Annual Conference is fast approaching. Among the new offerings this year: a series of learning sessions, offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities, that will introduce participants to the practice of "turn ...

    SOSTMAN - 02/24/2016 - 12:54 - Libraries Transform

  5. "Skokie Library Sets Sights on Engaging Community More"

    SOSTMAN's blog Skokie (Ill.) Public Library was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times' Skokie Review recently for its work convening Harwood Institute-style community conversations.   The library-- which has taken part in two ALA/Harwood Institute P ...

    SOSTMAN - 10/22/2014 - 17:36 - Libraries Transform

  6. New Resources Available: Partner Selection and Managing Relationships

    SOSTMAN's blog Selecting the correct partners-- and keeping those relationships positive and productive-- is essential to the "turning outward" process. A new archived webinar is now available to help you forge and maintain these connection ...

    SOSTMAN - 09/25/2014 - 09:13 - Libraries Transform

  7. New Resources Available: Holding Innovation Spaces

    SOSTMAN's blog As you use the "turning outward" approach, it is important to bring your team together to discuss and reinforce what you are learning. Held every four weeks, these meetings offer an opportunity to ask "what are we learni ...

    SOSTMAN - 09/18/2014 - 11:26 - Libraries Transform

  8. New Resources Available: Community Conversations and Theming

    SOSTMAN's blog In the "turning outward" approach, community conversations are a way to tap into your community's aspirations and concerns. These conversations consist of 10 questions, last 90 minutes to two hours, and are designed for ...

    SOSTMAN - 09/08/2014 - 15:32 - Libraries Transform

  9. 'Turning Outward' in Practice: Q&A with Jill Skwerski of Evanston Public Library

    SOSTMAN's blog Libraries around the country are already putting the “turning outward” approach to work in their communities. Jill Skwerski is a community engagement librarian at Evanston (Ill.) Public Library; in October 2013, she attended a Harwood ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/29/2014 - 10:39 - Libraries Transform

  10. 'Turning Outward' in Practice: Q&A with Alice Knapp of Ferguson Library

    SOSTMAN's blog Libraries around the country are already putting the “turning outward” approach to work in their communities. Alice Knapp is interim president at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn.; in October 2013, she attended a Harwood Institut ...

    SOSTMAN - 07/29/2014 - 10:45 - Libraries Transform