Wednesday, 12/5/2018, 12:00 PM (Central)
Register at http://www.ala.org/tools/community-conversations-across-neighborhoods-dialogue-driven-programming
Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve.
In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.
Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.
Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.
Participants of this session will learn:
- Best practices and lessons learned from NYPL’s Community Conversations programming
- How to launch successful location-based Community Conversations initiatives that build partnerships and engage staff in new ways
- Specific dialogue-driven program models that can be used as templates for programs in libraries across geographic locations