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  1. Root for Columbus: It Took a Village to Make Our Tree

    By Cindy Fesemyer, director, Columbus Public Library Columbus (Wis.) Public Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Cindy Fesemyer describes the Root for Columbus project, in wh ...

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

  2. 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

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/03/2015 - 10:00 - Libraries Transform

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

    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 Public Innovators Lab ...

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

  5. New Resources Available: Partner Selection and Managing Relationships

    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 connections. "Partnering: ...

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

  6. New Resources Available: Holding Innovation Spaces

    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 learning?"  — instead ...

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

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

    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 Randall Studstill descr ...

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

  8. Learn to Lead Positive Community Change at ALA 2015

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 ...

    SOSTMAN - 08/24/2015 - 12:09 - Libraries Transform

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

    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 teams assess their ...

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

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

    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 Institute Public Inn ...

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