Libraries Transforming Communities Free Learning Series



The American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite public library staff serving small, mid-sized or rural communities to attend a free learning series to learn to lead productive conversations in their communities.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, a two-year ALA initiative, library professionals may participate in three online learning sessions and one in-person workshop, all free of charge, between February and June 2018.

Library professionals should attend these sessions to learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Registration is currently open for the following three webinars:

  • Session 2: Libraries Transforming Communities: Future Search
    Wednesday, April 25, 12 p.m. MST
    Participants will learn how they can use the Future Search process to enable large, diverse groups to validate a common mission, take responsibility for action, and develop a concrete action plan.
  • Session 3: Libraries Transforming Communities: Conversation Café
    Wednesday, May 23, 12 p.m. MST
    Participants will learn how Conversation Cafés can help community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue; essential elements of hosting a Conversation Café; facilitation skills; and techniques for addressing challenges.

Each session will be recorded and archived for free on-demand viewing on ALA’s Programming Librarian website.

Individuals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, will be invited to attend a free pre-conference workshop exploring the Conversation Café approach in-depth at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 22, 2018. Space is limited, and preference will be given to public library professionals serving small, mid-sized, or rural communities.

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