ALA MW 2015 Sustaining Yourself_FINAL

Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your
Community: Sustaining Yourself
Libraries Transforming Communities
Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
How to get the most out of this session
Authenticity and sustaining yourself
– Experience
– Benefits and how to use at home
• Other sessions and tools for community engagement
• Evaluation
About Harwood
• National nonprofit working with you to address community
challenges in a way that makes your library and community
• Proven 25-year track record
• What’s different – Turning Outward
If you turn outward and make more intentional judgments
and choices in creating change, you will produce greater
impact and relevance in your community.
Turning Outward
An orientation toward community –
literally about the direction we are facing!
Without it, there is little chance for change.
The “Turning Outward” Approach:
Four Foundational Tools
Rejuvenate; make
wellbeing for
yourself and your
team a priority
Act intentionally
and authentically,
evaluating your
success as you go
Turn Quiz
Talk to your community,
framing the
conversation to best
understand their hopes,
challenges and
conditions for change
Approach your
work with the
community, not the
institution, at the
heart of all
discussion and
3A’s Exercise
Do I reflect the reality
of people’s lives, and do
they believe I have their
best interests at heart,
even when we disagree?
Sustaining Yourself
• What key phrases jumped out at you? Why those?
• What are the implications for how we work with community?
Sustaining Yourself
• What do you make of this?
• How does it fit with having a commitment to the community?
More Resources & News:
Benefits for Libraries & Library Professionals
• Repositioning libraries and library professionals as conveners
and facilitators of community innovation and change
• Bringing new tools, skill development and learning
opportunities that support enhanced capacity for community
• Demonstrated results in communities to increase their ability
to work effectively together on issues the community cares
Join Us at These Related Programs
• “Libraries Fostering Community Engagement Reception”
A networking reception with library professionals working
on community engagement
Tonight from 5-6 p.m., HRM – Hyde Park/CC 11A
• “Leading in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with
Ferguson (Mo.) Library Director Scott Bonner”
Sponsored by Libraries Transforming Communities
Monday from 1-2:30 p.m., W183C
Keep the Conversation Going
To be part of the
conversation with
other library
professionals, go to
ALA Connect
( and
join the Libraries
Foster Community
Engagement group.
Take the Tools Home!
A Step-by-Step
Guide to “Turning
Outward” to Your
Digital and paper
available on your
way out.
Contact us or visit
Mary Davis Fournier
Deputy Director, Public Programs Office
American Library Association
[email protected]
Cheryl Gorman
Vice President of National Programs
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
[email protected]
Carlton Sears
Certified Coach
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
[email protected]

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