LTC at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Hands-on Conference Sessions

At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference (June 25-30, 2015), coaches from The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led four hands-on sessions on how libraries can leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter. Known as “turning outward,” the Harwood Institute’s approach has been used at libraries across the country, as well as in trauma-wracked communities like Newtown, Conn., to facilitate dialog, overcome deadlock and effect positive and lasting change.

See below to access the tools covered in each session. To provide feedback about the sessions, please contact us at

Download the tools featured in each session:

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Tools: AspirationsAspirations Facilitator's Guide 

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tool: Turn Outward

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Tools: Intentionality, Engagement Paths 

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Tools: Sustaining Yourself, The 3 A's of Public Life


Kitchen Table Conversations 2015: Talk to us about your ALA membership!

ALA asked for your feedback, and we got it! The good: ALA is influential and great for networking. The not-so-good: We can be too complex, we’re sometimes bureaucratic, and we send a lot of email.

Well, we heard you loud and clear, and we are working on it. Help us stay on track. Through a series of “kitchen table conversations” at the 2015 Annual Conference, attendees will gather to dig deeper into the ALA member experience. Topics may include joining and renewing, streamlining email communications, and making sure you get the information that matters most to you.

All meetings will be held in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco Walnut room.

You do the talking; we’ll be there to listen, learn, and then act. Please participate in the conversation and help us shape a new ALA together.