The “Naming and Framing Public Issues” webinar series aims to help librarians approach challenging public issues in their communities.
The ALA Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life recently recorded a free webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.
The series — “Naming and Framing Public Issues” — is now available for free viewing at the links below.
Session 1: “Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues," explores hows to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices, and how to uncover the deeper concerns of communities. Recorded Oct. 14, 2014. View the recorded presentation
Session 2: “Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues," describes the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort, and how to apply tools that help people weigh options for moving forward together. Recorded Dec. 3, 2014. View the recorded presentation
COMING SOON: Session 3: A third session (date TBD) will give participants a chance to share their progress, successes and challenges in a webinar or conference call. For more information, contact Nancy Kranich at nancy.kranich (AT) rutgers (DOT) edu.
“Too many of our communities are stuck in gridlock, incapable of moving forward. This webinar series will provide the knowledge and tools to make a real difference, building the capacity of people in our communities to work together to solve difficult problems,” said Kranich, lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and founder and convener of the ALA Center for Civic Life.
Presenters will include Kranich; Chris McCauley, executive director of the David Mathews Center; Cristin Foster, program director of the David Mathews Center; Robert Turner, assistant program director of the David Mathews Center; Carolyn Caywood, retired librarian from the Virginia Beach Public Library and fellow at the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement; and Patty Dineen, contributing editor of the National Issues Forums Institute.
For more information on this topic, view "Convening Forums @ your library," a four-part webinar series recorded in 2012.
Convening Forums @ your library: Getting Started (Part 1) -- Recorded Feb. 28, 2012. View the recorded presentation
Moderating Forums @ your library: Nuts and Bolts (Part 2) -- Recorded March 27, 2012. View the recorded presentation
Moderating Forums @ your library: Step by Step (Part 3) -- Recorded April 24, 2012 View the recorded presentation
Convening Forums @ your library: Nuts and Bolts (Part 4) -- Recorded May 22, 2012. View the recorded presentation
Finally, view the ALA Center for Civic Life's Guides for Community Forums webinar, offered with the National Issues Forum and others. View the recorded presentation