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Wednesday, December 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.: E-rate filing webinar

Wednesday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.: Community Conversations Across Neighborhoods: Dialogue-Driven Programming

  • Register | Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve.

    In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.

    Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.

    Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.
    Participants of this session will learn:
    • Best practices and lessons learned from NYPL’s Community Conversations programming
    • How to launch successful location-based Community Conversations initiatives that build partnerships and engage staff in new ways
    • Specific dialogue-driven program models that can be used as templates for programs in libraries across geographic locations

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