Posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm
Spokane County Library District (SCLD) was selected by The American Library Association (ALA) as one of 10 public libraries that will undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.
The cohort, selected from a field of 86 candidates through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.
Through in-person training, webinars, and coaching – valued at $50,000 – SCLD will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them to challenges in all of our communities. The Library will received an $8,000 cash grant to help cover the cost of new community-engagement work.
In partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Libraries Transforming Communities addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources, and support for librarians to engage with the communities in new ways. Libraries Transforming Communities is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Libraries Transforming Communities is grounded in The Harwood Institute’s approach of “turning outward,” which emphasizes changing the orientation of institutions and individuals from internal (institutional) to external (community-facing).