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  1. New Resources Available: Community Conversations and Theming

    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 groups of 6 to 15 pe ...

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

  2. San José Public Library on Using the Aspirations Exercise

    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 five San José libraria ...

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

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

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 wit ...

    SOSTMAN - 05/27/2015 - 12:06 - Libraries Transform

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

    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 Institute Public Innovators ...

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

  5. Politicking the Delicate Balance between Tradition and Change

    SOSTMAN's blog 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 b ...

    SOSTMAN - 05/13/2015 - 12:11 - Libraries Transform

  6. New Resources Available: "Doing Business with the Media"

    The media-- and your relationship with it-- can have a great impact on the success of your community engagement work. It is a tool for bringing new voices into community conversations, sharing findings, and demonstrating the valuable work libraries are un ...

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

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

    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 "turning outward" an ...

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

  8. New Resources Available: LTC Cohort Training Materials

    The LTC Public Innovators Cohort-- the 10 libraries being intensely trained in the Harwood practice and putting it to work in their communities-- completed a three-day training in Denver last month. All of their training materials are now available for fr ...

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

  9. LTC Public Innovators Cohort: Aspirations

    Today marks an important day in the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative: the first gathering of the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort. Forty-four participants-- library directors, librarians, outreach specialists, trust ...

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

  10. Springfield City Library: Turning Outward to Fight Violence

    SOSTMAN's blog 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. He ...

    SOSTMAN - 04/20/2015 - 14:55 - Libraries Transform