Resources for ALA Staff
Fifty ALA staff members participated in a Harwood Institute-facilitated professional development activity on April 7 and 8, 2014. These Intentionality Forums trained staff with Harwood’s “turning outward” approach, which entails revising your decision-making, processes and outlook to better serve the needs and aspirations of your community. The training focused largely on how to improve the ALA member experience.
The Intentionality Forums — part of ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative — had three goals:
- A deeper shared understanding of the ALA community’s aspirations. (The ALA community is ALA members, volunteers and staff.)
- A grasp of concrete tools that we can all use individually, for a variety of purposes, in our work.
- A sense of confidence that we can use these tools individually and collectively to make our existing work more effective.
We encourage all ALA staff — whether or not you attended the Intentionality Forums — to get involved.
- Click here for staff-only information, including dial-in numbers for coaching calls, Innovation Space meeting info and more. These resources — which include the materials used during the Intentionality Forums — will help you have productive, “turned outward” conversations with your coworkers and members or on your own.
- Participate in staff gatherings, called Innovation Spaces, to reflect upon the Harwood method and discuss progress. Details about staff Innovation Spaces are coming soon.
- Join the ALA Connect group, “Making ALA More Welcoming,” which comprises Innovation Space participants.
- Stay up to date on the broader LTC initiative at ala.org/LTC and in the Connect group “Libraries Foster Community Engagement.”