This Saturday, Rich will be traveling to Seattle, Washington to speak at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference. The Harwood Institute will be leading two sessions at the conference: The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, and Community Engagement Conversation: The Work of Hope. In the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities session, Rich will join a panel of public innovators to identify aspirations and anticipated results of the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative and highlight transformation experiences from similar partnerships. Community Engagement Conversation: The Work of Hope is a hands on session led by Rich that will provide libraries with insights, tools, and resources to begin taking the steps towards working with people in their community.
This conference kicks off the beginning a new partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute through a groundbreaking libraries-as-change-agents initiative. 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.
See pictures from ALA Midwinter 2013 conference.