The ALA Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life offer a free webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.
The series is offered in three one-hour sessions:
- Session 1: “Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues," explores hows to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices, and how to uncover the deeper concerns of communities. View the archived presentation;and download the related materials: Speaker Bios, Related Links, Naming and Framing Flyer
- Session 2: “Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues," describes the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort, and how to apply tools that help people weigh options for moving forward together. View the archived presentation and download the related materials:Related Links, Speaker Bios, Framing Issues Step-by-step Handout
- A third session (date TBD) will give participants a chance to share their progress, successes and challenges in a webinar or conference call.
(For more information on this topic, also see "Convening Forums @ your library: A Four-Part Series" from 2012.)
- Learn to help lead your community through challenging public issues,
- Session 1 teaches you better ways to help people work together to talk about public issues and uncover the deeper concerns of the community.
- Session 2 teaches you how to apply tools to develop issue maps to help your community weigh options for moving forward together.
- Session 3 (date TBD) will give participants a chance to share progress, successes and challenges
Who Should Attend
This program is beneficial for everyone.
- Nancy Kranich, lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and founder and convener of the ALA Center for Civic Life
- Chris McCauley, executive director of the David Mathews Center
- Cristin Foster, program director of the David Mathews Center
- Robert Turner, assistant program director of the David Mathews Center
- Carolyn Caywood, retired librarian from the Virginia Beach Public Library and fellow at the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement
- Patty Dineen, contributing editor of the National Issues Forums Institute