REVISED PROPOSAL:

Your Name and Title: Cindy Fesemyer, Director

Library, School, or Organization Name: Columbus (WI) Public Library

Co-Presenter Name(s): Amber Williams, Community Librarian, Spokane County (WA) Library District; Erica Freudenberger, Director Red Hook (NY) Public Library;

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: U.S. East Coast, West Coast and Midwest

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Public library leadership

Short Session Description (one line): Engaged Libraries: Using community engagement tools, libraries can empower citizens to achieve communal aspirational goals and strengthen their roles in communities.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):  Using community engagement tools, libraries can empower citizens to achieve communal aspirational goals and strengthen their roles in communities.

“This needs fixing. I wish they would do something about that.” How often do we hear that sentiment? It’s time to take a stand, librarians! Libraries can reshape how people interact in their communities, and help people be the heroes of their own lives. Learn how libraries can help create community stories of triumph through the transformative change brought about by community engagement.

You’ll hear from three libraries professionals from across the country who took part in the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative. Erica, Amber and Cindy will share examples from the communities served by their libraries in Red Hook, New York, Spokane, Washington, and Columbus, Wisconsin.

Each of these libraries has moved the needle from “outreach” and “collaboration” to “full engagement,” empowering the communities they serve to identify their aspirations and make the changes needed to achieve those aspirations. By engaging their communities, these librarians are being invited to participate in community leadership, addressing food scarcity issues, facing rural transportation challenges, championing community initiatives, and embracing their roles as change agents.

Learn how true engagement with the communities you serve can help you:

  • create successful internal shifts within a library’s staff culture;
  • rethink the roles played by librarians both inside and outside library walls;
  • provide innovative services and programs by and for community members;
  • extend the role of libraries and librarians out into the wider community.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-com...  

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ORIGINAL PROPOSAL

Your Name and Title: Cindy Fesemyer, Director

Library, School, or Organization Name: Columbus (WI) Public Library

Co-Presenter Name(s): Amber Williams, Engagement Librarian Spokane County Library District; Erica Freudenberger, Director Red Hook (NY) Public Library;

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: U.S. East Coast, West Coast and Midwest

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Public library staff and leadership

Short Session Description (one line): Engaged Partnerships: Truly engaged partnerships can help your library take its place as the heart of the community.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Libraries are asked to do more with less with greater frequency these days. Truly engaged partnerships can help libraries rise to that challenge and take their rightful place at the heart of the community.

The future of libraries isn't only bright, shiny and technical, some of it involves partnering with humans; libraries know humans. So do so many of the individuals and agencies that help power our communities day-to-day. THESE are the partnerships that make a difference. 

Erica, Amber and Cindy will define engaged partnerships and share examples of such collaborative efforts from the communities served by their libraries in Red Hook, New York, Spokane, Washington and Columbus, Wisconsin.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communities  

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Hi, Cindy!  We are very interested in this and in promoting libraries transforming communities. Can you give us a better description on how these partnerships have been innovative, how they are themselves changing, and what kind of interesting things are coming out of them?

So glad you're interested! Yes, we are happy to add that detail to our proposal. We'll add in the coming few days. That ok??

Yes, and if you would, be sure to email me at steve@learningrevolution.com so that I know you've made the changes.

OK, I've accepted and you should be getting an email from me.  The only question now is:  how can you fit this into 30 minutes!?  :)

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