The Transformative Power of Community Engagement

How High Impact Libraries Are Building Better Communities

 

The Transformative Power of Community Engagement explores powerful and proven strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to positively impact your community regardless of your library’s size or budget. Join us for the day to learn what high-impact libraries know and do.

Why attend?

To Discover

Join industry leaders, Library Journal Movers & Shakers, and talented colleagues from around your state to discover why, how, and, specifically, what leaders from high-impact libraries are doing to transform their libraries and build better communities.

To Learn

Receive materials prior to the workshop to gather your thoughts at your own pace so, at the session, you can spend more time applying key concepts, checking your understanding, and extending your learning through interaction, collaboration and workshop activities.

To Engage

Have kitchen table conversations to exchange ideas, gain insights, and get answers to your questions. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions, and field tested tools to help you identify, understand, and engage your community.

PLUS: Each attendee will walk away with a Personal Action Planner for success, and also gain access to The Commons, our online alumni community where librarians share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.

What you will learn

  • Why and how high-impact libraries are interpreting data and situations from many angles to identify, understand, and better serve their communities.
  • Why and how high-impact libraries are engaging, energizing, and mobilizing multiple sectors of their communities – including education, healthcare, non-profits, government, the public, and staff!
  • Powerful and proven community engagement strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to produce results.

Based on four years of field research

Over the past four years, we have traveled to 67 communities, worked with 130 top library leaders, and facilitated conversations with more than 7,800 staff from thousands of libraries.

Who should attend?

The Transformative Power Of Community Engagement is designed to optimize the contribution and impact of the individual library staff member. Directors are encouraged to attend and bring staff and emerging leaders for a unique team-building experience; groups of five or more will receive 10% off of each ticket. Contact us for more information.

Program

Registration & Networking from 9:30 – 10:00AM. Program from 10:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided from 12:30 – 1:30. Interactive workshop utilizes a flipped learning approach, dynamic presentations, videos, guest speakers, group and table conversations, and individual and collaborative exercises to reinforce learning.

MORNING TOPICS

Be Curious, Inquisitive, And Don’t Make Assumptions

Explore why and how high-impact libraries are interpreting data and situations from many angles to identify, understand, and better serve their communities.

Five Essential Factors For Successful Community Engagement

During this hands-on, interactive session, participants are guided through a community engagement model and provided with tips, tools, and techniques for developing and executing an integrated, sustainable community engagement plan for action.

AFTERNOON TOPICS

Building Better Communities

Learn how high-impact libraries are reorienting their perspective from “outreach” (which assumes a center/source and target) to “community engagement” (which embraces reciprocal and ongoing relationship/community development that builds trust).

Outcomes, Impact and Delivering Results

Today’s world is about outcomes, impact, and delivering results. Gain insights and see examples from many of the best libraries from around the world.

Sponsored by:

Gale Cengage Learning

Directors are encouraged bring staff and emerging leaders for a unique team-building experience.

Groups of five or more will receive 10% off of each ticket.

Interested in hosting this program for your library branch or system?

In Partnership with:

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