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.


Download Libraries Transforming Communities resources (staff log-in required)