The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities: A Presidential Initiative
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This groundbreaking libraries-as-change-agents initiative is the beginning of a new partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. ALA President Maureen Sullivan will moderate a panel of public innovators including Richard Harwood Founder and President of the Harwood Institute, Tim Henkel, President and CEO, of Spokane County United Way and Carlton Sears, past director at Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and Certified Coach with the Harwood Institute. The session will identify aspirations and anticipated results of the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative and highlight transformation experiences from similar partnerships. Funded through a grant from IMLS, the multi-phase initiative’s goal is to provide librarians with the tools and training they need to lead their communities in finding innovative solutions by advancing library-led community engagement and innovation. The conversations at Midwinter are one step in building a sustainable, scalable national plan.