Libraries Transforming Communities Press Kit

Libraries Transforming Communities


Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) — an initiative of the American Library Association — seeks to strengthen librarians’ roles as core community leaders and change-agents.

The initiative addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways.

LTC helps libraries become more reflective of and connected to their communities and achieve a domino effect of positive results, including stronger relationships with local civic agencies, non-profits, funders and corporations, and
greater community investment in civility, collaboration, education, health and well-being. ALA also hopes to shift public discourse away from past themes about libraries in crisis and toward talk of libraries as agents of positive community change

LTC is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Press Releases

ALA, Harwood Institute announce ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ community engagement training opportunity

San José Public Library on Using the Aspirations Exercise

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

New Resources Available: "Doing Business with the Media"

Learn to "Turn Outward" at ALA 2014 Annual Conference

New Resources Available: LTC Cohort Training Materials

ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort


Communities have challenges.  Libraries can help. 


Libraries Transforming Communities In the News

Libraries evolve beyond books, media,  Las Vegas Review-Journal-Jul 12, 2014

Librarians are becoming affordable housing advocates, Washington Post June 26, 2014  

A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America , American Libraries  June 10, 2014

Libraries' choice: Change or fade into oblivion , USA Today June 7, 2014

Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People ,  NPR Aug. 13, 2013



Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

About Libraries Transforming Communities

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Media Contact: Macey Morales,  Media Relations Manager, 312-280-4393, .