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Libraries Transforming Communities: Partner Selection and Managing Relationships (5 of 6)

September 24, 2014
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Libraries Transforming Communities: Partner Selection and Managing Relationships (5 of 6)

A six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and effect positive change.


This series of webinars explains, step by step, how to use the “turning outward” approach created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The approach emphasizes taking steps to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused; becoming more proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.

“Partner Selection and Managing Relationships” (Session 4 of 6) covers the process of developing strategic partnerships — deciding whom you want to “run with” to create impact in the community — and keeping those relationships productive and healthy.

This webinar series is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), an ALA initiative that seeks to strengthen libraries’ roles as core community leaders and change-agents. LTC addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. As a result, we believe libraries will become more reflective of and connected to their communities and build stronger partnerships with local civic agencies, non-profits, funders and corporations. The initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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1 hour, 26 minutes

Jan Elliott, Harwood Certified Coach

Carlton Sears, Harwood Certified Coach


Registration Deadline
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Job Functions
Resources and Program Starters
Professional Development/Training