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Libraries Transforming Communities

Libraries Transforming Communities: Origins and Outlook

Mar 15th, 2017 | As ALA and its partners roll out Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, we thought it would be helpful to share ALA’s goals and the history behind this initiative.

ALA awarded IMLS grant to offer free community engagement training for libraries

Nov 2nd, 2016 | The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has been awarded $243,922 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for a two-year professional development project that will train library professionals in community leadership techniques like coalition-building and dialogue facilitation.  

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library: Coming Home from the Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

Jun 6th, 2016 | Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library sent two staff members to the ALA/Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab for Libraries in 2015. Here, Library Director Austin Stroud shares the experience of putting the Turning Outward process to work after returning home.  

Suffolk (Va.) Public Library: Turning Outward to Chuckatuck

Mar 15th, 2016 | Suffolk (Va.) Public Library is one of 10 libraries that took part in an intensive 18-month training in the Turning Outward approach as part of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. Here, Assistant Director Sarah Townsend shares how and why her library took on new community engagement strategies and how they're changing the library's culture.

Transforming School Communities: An Interview with Blue Valley High School's Ken Stewart

Nov 30th, 2015 | In 2014, a partnership between the American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation resulted in Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), an ALA initiative that provides resources, training and support for libraries to engage with their communities in new ways using the Harwood Institute's "turning outward" approach.

Getting Started with the Harwood Approach

Sep 11th, 2015 | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library is one of 10 public libraries that comprise the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort. Here, Library Associate Larry Boothe (shown below, at right) shares his tips for getting acquainted with the "turning outward" approach.

Columbus (Wis.) Public Library Gets Benched

Aug 25th, 2015 | By Alison Marcotte, Editorial Intern, American Libraries   Almost a year after Columbus (Wis.) Public Library developed its “Root for Columbus” campaign in October 2014, the city is sitting on the bench—art benches, that is.

13 Indiana Libraries Receive Scholarship from MCLS to Attend Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab

Aug 24th, 2015 | LANSING, Mich. — The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has announced that 23 individuals from 13 Indiana libraries were selected to receive a scholarship from MCLS to attend the 2015 Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab for Libraries in Detroit, Mich., October 14-16.

Want to Know Your Community? Get Outside

Aug 12th, 2015 | Springfield (Mass.) City Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Mason Square Branch Supervisor Ted McCoy talks about the importance of getting outside in your community.  

One Year Later: An Interview with Ferguson (Mo.) Library Director Scott Bonner

Aug 6th, 2015 | Aug. 9 marks one year since police in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown. With the anniversary looming this Sunday, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner is hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Bonner, who has received awards for providing a safe harbor for residents during the Ferguson protests, spoke to us about how the past year has changed his library.

Learn to Lead Positive Community Change at ALA 2015

Jun 8th, 2015 | All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

ALA invites member feedback at Kitchen Table Conversations at 2015 Annual Conference

May 27th, 2015 | As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to receive feedback about how it is communicating with current and prospective members.

Politicking the Delicate Balance between Tradition and Change

May 13th, 2015 | Columbus (Wis.) Public Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Library Director Cindy Fesemyer talks about how her library is getting communication flowing between different factions of her changing town.  

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