Resources for Library Professionals

A central facet of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) is spreading community engagement information, tips and resources throughout the library field. We strive to make these resources easily accessible, free of charge, and relevant to libraries of all kinds.

We hope you find these worksheets, conversation guides and webinars useful, and we welcome your feedback.

Getting Started

The following tools were used in hands-on “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community” learning sessions at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. (Learn about next steps for "Turning Outward" session attendees.)

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations

  • Aspirations (PDF): This tool helps librarians to focus on their community’s aspirations, identify next steps for creating change, and to create an aspirations-based story for their community as a starting point for library action.
  • Aspirations Facilitator’s Guide (PDF): Use this worksheet to lead successful conversations about your community's aspirations.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz

  • Turn Outward (PDF): Are you mostly “turned inward or outward”? Librarians may use this tool to assess the focus of their efforts in the community as they further shift their orientation from internal to external.

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality

  • Intentionality (PDF) Librarians may use this tool to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.
  • Engagement Paths (PDF): How people and organizations engage others and themselves

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself

  • Sustaining Yourself (PDF): This tool helps librarians to personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.
  • The 3A's of Public Life (PDF): The 3A’s of Public Life – authority, authenticity, and accountability – are crucial touchstones for ensuring that you’re walking the talk, that your words and your actions are aligned.


If you attended the "Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community" learning sessions at ALA's 2014 Annual Conference, consider these next steps:

  • Register for the Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, presented by ALA and The Harwood Institute, Oct. 8 to 10, 2014, in Atlanta. This intensive three-day training in the “turning outward” approach is specially designed for library professionals, trustees, community partners and supporters.
  • Return to this page on the following dates to watch new webinars. Led by Harwood Institute educators, each archived presentation will feature a tool to help you further implement the "turning outward" approach.
    • July 22, 2014: Theming and Using Public Knowledge
    • August 21, 2014: Hosting and Using Innovation Spaces
    • September 25, 2014: Partner Selection and Managing Relationships
    • November 19, 2014: Calibrating Community Conditions
    • February 19, 2015: Sweet Spot of Community Change                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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