Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change

Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change. Because our divided nation needs conversation more than ever.

Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD).

It seeks to introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities.

Upcoming Trainings

Partner Organizations

LTC: Models for Change is the second phase of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. Learn more about the first phase of the project, offered in 2014-15 in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Partner Organizations

All LTC: Models for Change trainings will be offered by experts from leading organizations in the dialogue and deliberation space. Below is some information about their approaches.

National Coalition on Dialogue & Deliberation

Conversation Cafe

Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process encourages diverse groups of people to come together, engage in inclusive and respectful dialogue, and find common solutions to community problems. The dialogues consist of groups of 8 to 10 people from different backgrounds and viewpoints who meet several times to talk about an issue. These community dialogues create spaces in which everyone has an equal voice and people try to understand each other’s views. They do not have to always agree with each other. The idea is to share concerns and look for ways to make things better. 
A trained facilitator drawn from the community helps the group focus on different views and makes sure the discussion goes well and that participants contribute action ideas. In a large-scale (or community-wide) dialogue program, people all over a neighborhood, city, county, school district or region participate in such dialogues over the same period of time. At the end of the dialogue rounds, participants come together in a large community meeting to work together on the action ideas that emerged from the dialogues.

Future Search

National Issues Forum

Public Conversations Project

The World Cafe

World Café-style conversations are a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. In a World Café, participants sit four to a table and have a series of conversational rounds lasting from 20 to 45 minutes about a question that is personally meaningful to them.
At the end of the round, one person remains as the host, and each of the other three travels to separate tables. The host of the table welcomes the travelers and shares the essence of the previous conversation; the travelers also relate any conversational threads that they are carrying, and the conversation deepens as the round progresses. At the end of this round, participants may return to their original table or go to another table depending on the design of the Café. Likewise, they may engage a new question or go deeper with the original one. 
After several rounds, each table reports out their themes, insights and learnings to the whole group, where it is captured on flip charts or other means for making it visible, allowing everyone to reflect on what is emerging in the room.
This free webinar series is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) that seeks to strengthen libraries' roles as core community leaders and agents of change. LTC addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. As a result, we believe libraries will become more connected to and capable of supporting healthy, sustainable communities. This initiative is made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).