[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Wed Jan 22 10:14:35 PST 2014


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public
Innovator Cohort grant opportunity
To: alacro-l at ala.org

*Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and
18 months of professional development in community engagement*

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is
accepting applications for the *Libraries Transforming Communities* Public
Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development
opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood
Institute for Public Innovation.

The *Libraries Transforming Communities* project, made possible through a
grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses a critical need
of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and
support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways;
strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents, and
strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity.

In April, up to 50 individuals representing teams from 10 public libraries
nationally will be selected to participate in the Public Innovators Cohort.
Selected libraries will receive:

   - An $8,000 grant to support Cohort expenses.
   - An intensive 18-month Public Innovators Cohort experience that will
   include training and team coaching to develop and implement a community
   engagement plan.
   - Cohort training at the intensive three-day Public Innovators Lab, May
   20-22, 2014.
   - Virtual and in-person "innovation space" meetings.
   - Access to six in-depth distance learning session.
   - Monthly coaching and peer dialogue calls with a Harwood Institute
   coach and cohort peers to support implementation work.
   - Access to publicity and marketing resources to support local-level

The Public Innovators Cohort is grounded in the Harwood Institute‘s
approach of “turning outward,” which emphasizes shifting the institutional
and professional orientation of libraries and librarians from internal to
external. Participants will develop and implement a plan for community
engagement and learn how to:

   - Identify community issues rooted in people's shared aspirations;
   - Strategically share this knowledge with your community to build public
   will for action;
   - Develop strategies that align with local context;
   - Create community conditions that enable change;
   - Identify the right community partners to work with; and
   - Develop networks for innovation and learning.

Complete guidelines and application instructions can be found at:
ala.org/LTC. A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1
p.m. central time on February 12, 2014.

An update on the *Libraries Transforming Communities*
 will be given by Maureen Sullivan, ALA immediate past president, and Rich
Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public
Innovation, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the 2014 ALA
Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in PCC 201C.

Sullivan and Harwood will share the latest examples of the impact from
librarians trained during phase one who are successfully applying the
Harwood practice in libraries and within the ALA community.  They will also
provide details and answer questions about exciting new opportunities for
librarians to increase the effectiveness of their library-led community
engagement and innovation.


ALA Public Programs Office
publicprograms at ala.org

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Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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