Community Engagement Conversation: Advancing library-led community engagement

Saturday, June 29, 2013 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Grant Park 12A-D
Speaker: Carlton Sears
Speaker: Cheryl Gorman

The conversation about advancing library-led community engagement starts here. See how you and your library can help kick-start a new trajectory in your community. This session will be led by the Harwood Institute’s Carlton Sears and Cheryl Gorman.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 12:35pm CDT
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Session participants will be introduced to an array of tools that libraries can use to effectively engage their communities. The Tools for Community Engagement and Innovation are now available on the Libraries Transforming Communities website. The tools include:

  • Turn Outward: 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.
  • Aspirations: 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.
  • Intentionality: Librarians may use this tool to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.
  • Sustaining Yourself: This tool helps librarians to personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.
  • How Librarians and Libraries Can Lead Community Conversations for Change: 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 aspriations and to share their findings with the community.