Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change
Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom A
Through Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), ALA seeks to strengthen communities by giving libraries the tools they need to bring disparate voices together and lead change. Public librarians who have completed LTC: Models for Change training will share real-world experiences with World Café, Future Search and Everyday Democracy’s methods for dialogue and deliberation. Participants will break into triads to try out tools with each other and discuss next steps for taking this learning home.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Learn specific context applications for dialogue and deliberation models 2: Gain confidence with facilitation instruments through modeling 3: Learn where to go and how to acquire skills aligned with specific deliberation models (e.g. Everyday Democracy, World Café) following the session
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)
Tags: Leadership, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaboration, Public Programs, Social Change, Transforming Libraries
Mary Davis Fournier, PPO Deputy Director
ALA Public Programs Office , Chicago , IL
Mary Davis Fournier is Deputy Director of the American Library Association's Public Programs Office where she specializes in institutional partnerships, new project development, and community program support for public, school and academic libraries. In addition to heading the National Impact of Library Public Program Assessment research project, Fournier directs ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, which supports library-led community engagement throughout the field. Prior to her work with libraries, Fournier served as Program Director.
Courtney Breese, Managing Director
National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation , Petaluma , CA
Courtney Breese is managing director for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Breese manages NCDD's day-to-day operations, and directs their ongoing programming and projects. She has been involved with NCDD since 2009, serving as conference manager for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 national conferences. Breese was also previously a member of NCDD's Board of Directors. She is a trainer, mediator and facilitator with extensive experience in the National Issues Forums framework.
Cindy Fesemyer, Director
Columbus Public Library , Columbus , WI
Cindy Fesemyer is a 2017 PLA Leadership Academy Fellow. She sits on advisory councils for the Free Library of Philadelphia?s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, ?Skills for Community-Centered Librarianship,? and for ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change. Ms. Fesemyer was a group leader for ALA?s Libraries Transforming Communities: Turning Outward cohort. In 2017, her library, the Columbus Public Library of Wisconsin, was a finalist for Library Journal's Best Small Library in America.