Public Programs Office
ALA's Excellence in Library Programming Award Presents: Creating a Civic Engagement Series about Race
Learn about the popular and award-winning Voices of Race series, winner of the 2016 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.
Find out how a school librarian and a history teacher created an interactive research project that engaged their entire school community in learning about the 1960 Greensboro (N.C.) lunch counter sit-ins, a seminal part of the Civil Rights Movement. In this webinar, Constance Vidor, director of library services at the Friends Seminary, a K-12 independent Quaker school in New York City, will share how how a research project can become a community event that offers opportunities for discussion, reflection and discovery.
Join fellow Building Common Ground project directors and representatives from the Public Insight Network (PIN), a project of American Public Media, to learn about effective collaboration with public media organizations and how to use PIN resources to learn more about the needs of your community.
Two leaders from the arts and culture sector share best practices for community engagement gleaned from their 20+ years in the field.
Author! Author! How to Find One, Host One, and Make Your Library THE Go-to Place for Author Events (archive - 7/24/12)
Get answers to all of your questions about creating successful author programs for adults from experts at Random House, Inc., Macmillan, and HarperCollins Publishers. Learn who to contact at publishing houses, how far in advance you need to plan, if speaking fees are negotiable, how your library can be included in an author tour, and more.
Tune in and learn how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop an innovative public program series that uses history as a gateway to productive, critical conversations on race, policing and human rights.
The first session of the four part Civic Engagement series introduces the topic of the series: public deliberation, a process used to engage contentious, difficult issues from diverse perspectives. The presentation is divided into three parts: "Why Now and Why Libraries?", "What is Deliberation?" and "Success Stories from the Field".
The second session of the four part Civic Engagement series gives participants and listeners a big picture view of what happens in a deliberative public forum and the various roles of forum leaders.
The third session of the four Civic Engagement series focuses on a more detailed understanding of the role of forum moderator in a step-by-step format.
The fourth, and final session, of the Civic Engagement series will give participants and listeners insight into planning to hold forums, choosing the issue topic, logistics, and providing resources for forum participants.