American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference

June 29, 2015

ala_ac2015_ltcIt’s that time again! As part of our ongoing work to support the valuable work of libraries, NewKnowledge is taking part in the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held this year June 25-30 in San Francisco. Last Friday, NewKnowledge’s Rebecca Norlander got to hear firsthand about exciting new developments in the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. Representatives from 10 libraries discussed their progress through an 18-month training program. Through this training, led by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, library professionals learn methods for facilitating community conversations, learning about their community’s needs and aspirations, and disseminating the results to community leaders with the goal of making lasting change. As a result of this process, the libraries are now embarking on action plans. For example, a library in Columbus, WI, has partnered with artists to beautify its vacant downtown spaces. In Spokane, WA the library discovered that local residents want opportunities for different age groups to work together, so they are facilitating a program for teens to provide tech assistance to seniors. NewKnowledge is privileged to be involved in LTC and hopes that our evaluation work provides meaningful opportunities for participatory reflection.

Learn more about ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative.