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Learn More: Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

July 28, 2017
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Learn More: Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

In October 2017, ALA and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will offer the fourth annual Public Innovators Lab for Libraries. Join us for a 30-minute webinar to learn how this intensive, 2.5-day workshop can help your library lead positive change in your community.


4th Annual Public Innovators Lab for Libraries: October 18-20, 2017, Atlanta, GA

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Learn more about the 2017 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, including who should attend, what to expect, how to register, and how the workshop can help shape your library's approach to community engagement.
  • Explore examples of how libraries across the country are currently using the Harwood Institute's Turning Outward approach to listen, learn and take action in their communities.
  • Hear from library professionals who have used the Harwood Institute's Turning Outward approach in their work.

Learn more about the 2017 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries.

4th Annual Public Innovators Lab for Libraries: October 18-20, 2017, Atlanta, GA
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30 minutes

Carlton Sears

Carlton Sears is a Harwood certified coach with 40 years' experience leveraging the assets of public institutions to strengthen communities. The Harwood Institute came to his attention while executive director of a 200-employee nonprofit corporation that operates a library system. Harwood’s insights to the underlying conditions of change resonated immediately with Carlton’s years of experience in nonprofit and governmental sectors in New York, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio. Those insights found their way into his organization’s strategic plan, and the rest is history. Today the library has successfully transformed into a trusted community asset and annual income has doubled to $18 million. Carlton recently retired from the library system to become a full-time Harwood coach — supporting others desiring to make good on their urge to do good.

In addition to a master’s in library science, Carlton is a graduate of the Kellogg Leadership Institute and serves in leadership positions with Rotary, Salvation Army, his church, a children’s science center and a regional addiction treatment and prevention agency. 

Jean Herriges

Jean Herriges is the acting assistant director of the San Jose Public Library, where the Harwood practice is being deployed in seven family literacy branches. Each of these branches has held several Harwood Community Conversations in libraries and in community locations, and the conversations have already led to increases in volunteers and ESL programming for immigrant parents and children. The success experienced so far in the family literacy branches led San Jose to recently announce the expansion of the Harwood practice to all its branches. Jean is supporting this new initiative with a core group of staff dedicated to the system’s being Turned Outward. Jean holds a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University, in addition to an MA from the University of California, Davis and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. 

Mike Wood

Mike Wood is executive vice president for the Harwood Institute, where he is responsible for developing and growing the Institute’s alliances with nonprofit and corporate partners, as well as overall business development and resource generation. He brings to the Institute deep experience in community and political organizing, organizational change, customer relationship management, fundraising and community engagement. Mike, a former Harwood staffer who returned in September 2013, is a well-respected leader in the social and civic change sector and has a strong track record of leveraging the Harwood Institute’s frameworks and approaches to drive large-scale change.

Registration Deadline
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Library Type
Academic / College
School (K-12)