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.
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
Download the Theming and Using Public Knowledge Workbook and accompanying webinar, Theming and Using Public Knowledge, to learn how to organize and understand the public knowledge you have gathered, and how to share what you’ve learned. Note: this hour long webinar was created for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort libraries on July 22, 2014.
- Download the Community Conversation Guide and accompanying webinar, Hosting and Leading Community Conversations, to learn how to hold engaging Community Conversations. Note: this webinar was created for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort libraries on June 24, 2014
- 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
- *NEW 6/21/14* -- Theming and Using Public Knowledge Workbook (PDF)
- *NEW 5/28/14* – Aspirations and Turn Outward (Word): Tools for focusing on community aspirations and determining your orientation to your community in editable Word format.
- How Librarians and Libraries Can Lead Community Conversations for Change (PDF): This conversation guide, inspired by The Work of Hope by Richard C. Harwood, provides a step-by-step plan for librarians to convene small group community conversations about shared aspirations and to share their findings with the community.