The Harwood Institute to Guide Libraries in “Turning Outward” Jan. 31 at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

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The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will lead four sessions at the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will lead four sessions at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago Jan. 30 – Feb. 2. The sessions will help libraries lead positive, pro-active change in their communities by “turning outward,” the Harwood approach to guiding people and organizations so that their communities are the reference point for their choices and actions.

The Harwood sessions (click here for information on all four) will take place at McCormick Place West in room W178 on Jan. 31:

  • 8:30-10 a.m. CST.: Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations, designed to help librarians focus on community aspirations and identify the next steps for change.
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon CST: Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz, designed to introduce librarians to The Harwood Institute’s “Turn Quiz” tool and enable them to assess the focus of their efforts in the community as they shift their orientation from internal to external.
  • 1-2:30 p.m. CST: Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality, designed to enable librarians to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.
  • 3-4:30 p.m. CST: Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself, designed to help librarians map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.

The sessions will be led by Harwood’s Cheryl Gorman, Vice President for National Programs and Carlton Sears, Coach. The sessions are available as part of Libraries Transforming Communities, an ALA initiative conducted in partnership with The Harwood Institute to strengthen libraries’ roles as leaders and change-catalysts in their communities. Check out the Harwood-based tools for libraries.

Click here for conference registration information. The ALA’s resources for each session are available here.

To learn more about The Harwood Institute’s work with libraries nationwide, read the Library Journal’s Q&A with Rich Harwood, the Institute’s Founder and President: Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data. To take a peek into the Institute’s 3-day learning experience, read the Library Journal’s Inside the Harwood Institute’s Innovators Lab for Libraries.

About The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. The Institute is guided by Richard C. Harwood, whose transformational work during almost 30 years has spread to thousands of communities nationally and worldwide.

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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