Get Involved

Library professionals from all types of libraries, backgrounds and interests can benefit from Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) resources and the “turning outward” model. There are several ways to get involved:

Attend programs at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting: On Saturday, January 31, coaches from The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will show you through four hands-on sessions on how libraries can leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter. Known as “turning outward,” the Harwood Institute’s approach has been used at libraries across the country, as well as in trauma-wracked communities like Newtown, Conn., to facilitate dialogue, overcome deadlock and effect positive and lasting change.

Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. All programs will be held in McCormick Place West room W178.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Join the conversation: The ALA Connect group, “Libraries Foster Community Engagement,” provides a community of practice for librarians to come together and share and advance ideas about library-led community engagement.

Follow the LTC blog: Visit the blog for advice and up-to-date information about all parts of the LTC initiative, including updates on the progress of the LTC Public Innovators Cohort.

Use our resources: Download free resources, including webinars, worksheets and conversation guides.

Give us feedback: Please contact us with your comments, questions and ideas.