The Harwood Institute is launching the first Library Ambassador Group to accelerate impact in communities and scale the spread of the Harwood approach in libraries worldwide.

We need libraries now more than ever. As natural boundary-spanning organizations, libraries help foster productive norms, relationships, spaces and conversations that are essential to healthy communities. Over the past 30 years, The Harwood Institute has trained over 4,000 library professionals to bridge divides by adopting a Turned Outward orientation that focuses on shared values and strengthening civic culture. Through their diligent work in communities, these library professionals have become local leaders who are critical to the sustainability of community life.

To help prepare even more library professionals to Turn Outward and strengthen communities and public life, The Harwood Institute has formed the Library Ambassador Group. This group provides critical insights, guidance, and advice for how the Institute can better engage with libraries in communities around the world. Our library ambassadors are champions of the Harwood approach, supporting innovation and implementation in their respective spheres of influence.

Meet the Harwood Library Ambassadors

The library is the heart of the community. It is among the most open, accessible, and trusted of all community institutions. It connects people to each other and to the world. It serves all, working to break down barriers and to advance more equitable communities and societies. It is a key component of social infrastructure.
— David Seleb
Librarians bring people together, increase access to scholarship and creative work. The academic library can also, potentially, engage with the public library and other community centers to create interdisciplinary opportunities for campus and citizen scholars.
— Sarah Goodwin-Thiel
By offering programs and services that directly speak to the needs and interests of the community we have the opportunity to create a place that has meaning and connection.
— Danis Kreimeier