‘Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities’ at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/01/2015


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office



BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session about community engagement, “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities in Mid-Sized Urban Settings,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The session will be held from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Boston Convention Center. Each session is $95 per attendee and requires Midwinter registration. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.

The program, one of three Deep Dive workshops offered at the Midwinter Meeting, will explore how two mid-sized, urban public libraries—Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library and Springfield (Massachusetts) City Library—are bringing residents, local organizations and city leaders together to tackle daunting issues, including public safety. In Hartford, the library has convened a task force to improve relations between residents and police in the city’s underserved North End; in Springfield, the library has partnered with a nonprofit to offer trainings in nonviolent conflict resolution. And that’s just the beginning.

In this session, Jean Canosa Albano, manager of public services at the Springfield City Library, and Richard Frieder, community engagement director at the Hartford Public Library, will explain how they adopted and adapted the “turning outward” approach, created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to meet their communities’ unique and changing needs. Participants will learn about the “turning outward” approach through interactive exercises; discuss mid-course corrections and outcomes assessments; and hear real-world examples of how community engagement can change the perspective of libraries and their role in their communities.

For more information, visit http://2016.alamidwinter.org/deep-dive-sessions.

Advance registration is required for Deep Dive sessions, which can be included with initial Midwinter Meeting registration or added later using the unique link in your registration confirmation email. To receive CEUs, a participant must attend the entire course and complete a post-session evaluation.

Registration can be purchased through the Midwinter Registration site. If you have mislaid your Midwinter Meeting registration confirmation details, email alaregistration@compusystems.com to request a copy. For help or questions about registration, contact ALA’s Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org or (312) 280-5045.

This session is offered as part of ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.

About Libraries Transforming Communities

Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) is an ALA initiative in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation that seeks to strengthen libraries’ roles as core community leaders and change-agents. LTC addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for libraries to engage with their communities in new ways. As a result, ALA believes libraries will become more reflective of and connected to their communities and build stronger partnerships with local civic agencies, nonprofits, funders and corporations. The initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.