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Friday, April 20 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Just Ask: Using the Tools Provided by the Harwood Institute to Turn Outward

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Are you curious about ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities project and the Harwood Institute Turning Outward process, but not sure how you could implement it at your library? Are you wondering:
-What logistical details should you think about before starting this process?
-How could you partner with groups or other libraries to use these tools locally?
-What happens when you try to talk to people about topics beyond what the library traditionally does?
-How can you analyze the input you receive from community members?
-What does it look like to shape your library programs and services around what matters to your community?

Attend this hands-on workshop to practice some of the Harwood techniques and think about how this could work in your own community--be it small or large, urban, suburban or rural. Staff from Multnomah County Library will share the lessons they learned from engaging community members in broader conversations about their aspirations. Come discuss these questions with peers who’ve made some mistakes and learned a lot from their community.


Toan Lam-Sullivan

Chinese Regional Librarian, Multnomah County Library
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Rachael Short

Librarian, Multnomah County Library
I've worked at Multnomah County Library for over 20 years. Currently I lead Central Library's programming and outreach for adults. I read a lot of science fiction, and formerly chaired the Oregon Authors committee.

Gesse Stark-Smith

Community Outreach Librarian, Multnomah County Library


Friday April 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hansberry Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA