Libraries are uniquely positioned to be leaders and change agents in their communities, but where should you begin? Join the American Library Association for an overview of the free community engagement resources, tools, and professional development offerings available through Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) to help you get started.
LTC is an initiative of the American Library Association that seeks to strengthen libraries’ role as core community leaders and change-agents. The initiative helps libraries become more reflective of and connected to their communities and achieve a domino effect of positive results, including stronger relationships with local civic agencies, non-profits, funders and corporations, and greater community investment in civility, collaboration, education, health and well-being.
Samantha Oakley is a program manager with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and project director of Libraries Transforming Communities. She has a BA in English from Western Illinois University, an MA in Gender Studies from the Minnesota State University – Mankato, and is currently working on getting her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Sarah Ostman is a deputy director with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. She has an MA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in sociology and theatre from Smith College.