The Harwood Institute is working side by side with libraries and is demonstrating results with libraries of all sizes—from large urban systems to suburban libraries to small town and rural libraries with few staff.
Our work with libraries is our fastest spreading work in our 30 years. We are scaling the work through:
- An ongoing partnership with the American Library Association, with which we do an annual Public Innovators Lab for libraries as well as sessions and workshops at ALA conferences.
- Our partnerships with state libraries and library collaboratives in which we are spreading Turning Outward to libraries and building statewide networks across the states of California, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.
- Partnerships with local systems such as the Denver Public Library, Youngstown and Mahoning Valley (OH) Public Library, and Suffolk Cooperative Library System (NY).
Over just the last few years, our team of Harwood Certified Coaches has trained over 4,000 library professionals to bridge divides by cultivating shared values and strengthening civic culture; helping them become recognized as local leaders who are relevant to the sustainability of community life. These changes have led to increased funding, more recognition, and greater relevance for the library, while also developing stronger, healthier, and safer communities.
"By understanding our community, we can collaborate to solve problems and bring about positive change."
President and CEO
The Enoch Pratt Library (MD)
"It's the pragmatic approach, not Utopian. You learn to set real expectations for your community."
Library Development Director
State Library Dept. of Education (PA)
"We can be what people need. It's common sense, but sometimes you have to teach common sense."
Columbus Public Library (WI)
Webinar 4 - Nov 07, 2018
Libraries and Authentic Community Engagement