Public Library Association 2012 National ConferenceMarch 13-17, Philadelphia

The ALA Public Programs Office and the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee will present a day-and-a-half preconference, aimed at library directors, department heads, senior staff, trustees, and others looking to increase their library’s visibility and community impact through civic engagement initiatives.


Make Your Library a Community Leader: Community Building through Civic Dialogue

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Strategically position your library as a hub for community connections, civic involvement and collaboration utilizing a model that has successfully worked for many libraries, colleges, foundations, and other community organizations. Targeted at library directors, department heads and senior staff, this hands-on workshop will train participants in dialogue facilitation skills with proven success in strengthening partnerships, building effective teams across departments and organizations, and raising the profile of the library as a center for community life. Participants will leave with valuable facilitation skills that can immediately be put to use for their libraries and communities.

Presenters: Carolyn Anthony, Director, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Adam Davis, Director, Project on Civic Reflection; Carrie Willson-Plymire, Head of Technical Services; Western Maryland Regional Library; Ryan Lewis, Senior Program Officer, Illinois Humanities Council.

At the end of this preconference, participants will:

  • Be able to select readings that will help a group explore a larger theme or issue;
  • Be able to engage participants in vigorous, respectful discussion of meaningful issues; and
  • Develop a plan for library-led civic reflection sessions with civic leaders, partnering organizations, youth groups, trustees or board members, volunteers, staff, or other groups within the library or the community.

      Cost: $255 (PLA and PaLA Members), $310 (ALA Members), and $385 (Nonmembers)

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      Want to learn more about civic reflection but can’t make it to Philadelphia for the conference? Look for another preconference from the ALA Public Programs Office, offered in conjunction with the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

      Other programs at the PLA National Conference sponsored by the ALA Public Programs Office and PCPAC:

      Programs That Pack the Place: Successful Community Collaborations
      Friday, March 16, 2012 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

      Public programming delivers information and educational benefits, provides opportunities for outreach and collaboration, and enhances the library’s presence in the community. Learn about new trends and how to update current programs to attract new or underserved audiences. Experienced programmers will share how libraries produce successful programs without breaking the bank or burning out staff.

      Speakers: Carolyn Anthony, Director, Skokie (IL) Public Library; Deborah Schneider, Librarian, King County (WA) Library System; Sharon Cox, Library Manager, Queens (NY) Library

      Maximizing the Impact of Programming: Getting the Most from Your Efforts
      Friday, March 16, 2012 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      Continually creating successful, community-engaging programs can be a struggle for even the most seasoned librarians. Learn to take your library’s programming to the next level and get the most impact from your hard work in this groundbreaking session. Listen to programming librarians from resort and suburban libraries talk about community partnerships and high tech methods for reaching modern audiences, then learn from Tribeca Film Institute about how to secure independent films for your library.

      Speakers: Scott Doser, Program Coordinator, Wilkinson (CO) Public Library; Eileen Newman, Managing Director, Tribeca Film Institute; Carson Block, IT Director, Poudre River (CO) Public Library District; Barbara Brattin, Library Director, Wilkinson (CO) Public Library