Libraries Transforming Communities
The American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) is a groundbreaking libraries-as-change-agents initiative.
Through LTC, ALA will help the public library profession become more focused on and skilled at convening aspirational community conversations and more innovative in transforming internal practice to support fulfillment of community aspirations, and ALA will mirror that change internally, in its own processes. This work will help librarians become more reflective of and connected to their communities. It will help libraries to build stronger relationships with local civic agencies, non-profits, funders and corporations. It will yield greater community investment in civility, collaboration, education, health, and well-being.
ALA is working with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to develop and provide training opportunities and learning resources to support community engagement and innovation. The Harwood Institute has a vision of “turning outward” that emphasizes shifting the institutional and professional orientation of libraries and librarians from internal to external.
Libraries Transforming Communities is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
To become involved:
- Follow the conversation and become a part of this community of practice, join the ALA Connect Group, Libraries Foster Community Engagement.
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