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Growing Civic Infrastructure with D&D-Library Collaborations

As we announced early this year, NCDD is partnering over the next two years with the American Library Association on the Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change project, during which we will be helping introduce libraries and their staff to various models of D&D work and training them to use our field’s tools to support the communities they serve. It’s an exciting collaboration that we think will yield potentially transformative results.

To kick-start the project, our Managing Director Courtney Breese and ALA presented a webinar last week introducing NCDD’s work and the LTC collaboration to over 400 librarians and library staff from across the country. We were blown away by the level of participation, and are looking forward to seeing the project grow even further beyond this amazing start!

During the webinar, Courtney shared about our NCDD partner organizations, the models we’ll be training on, the NCDD engagement streams framework, and featured examples of libraries and communities using these models for engagement. Participating librarians expressed excitement for learning techniques that can benefit the libraries and the communities they serve, and they are eager to engage with the NCDD community more broadly as well.

The Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change project is a follow-up to the ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Turning Outward project which introduced the Harwood Institute – an NCDD member organization – and their Turning Outward approach to libraries. Libraries have been using the Turning Outward approach over the past several years to engage their communities and identify the needs of their community.

NCDD is especially excited about this collaboration with ALA because we believe it will produce possibilities for members of our network to partner in concrete ways with libraries over the long-term. But we know that some of our members already collaborate with libraries, and we’d love to hear about how!

If you collaborate with local libraries in your D&D work or have collaborated with them in the past, tell us about it! Please share a bit in the comments section below about what your partnerships have looked like, what sort of you’ve done, or how you hope to work with libraries in the future. 

We know there are mountains of potential in building library-D&D collaborations as part of our nation’s civic infrastructure, and we can’t wait to see and catalyze more!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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  1. Michael Wolf says:

    In Seattle, we are creating “Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop”, a free-to-the-community event to share Liberating Structures (LiberatingStructures.com). It’s a work-in-progress, based on previous pay-to-attend, 2-day workshops.

    Our run is next week.

    So that you can see what we’re up to, here’s a link to the (wait-listed) event – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liberating-structures-immersion-workshop-tickets-30759083246

  2. Susan Clark says:

    In northern California, we are partnering with 11 libraries to pilot the Libraries Lead the Way community engagement and facilitation skills training. Visit this link for the training materials and progress updates: http://ckgroup.org/libraries-lead-the-way/.

    The Libraries Lead the Way program has provided in-person workshops in Fall 2016 that featured practice with tools such as Conversation Cafe and World Cafe, followed by implementation of local conversation projects supported by coaching and peer check-ins. Participants have said a highlight of the 2-day fall workshop was a World Cafe-style session with diverse community members which allowed library trainees to practice table facilitation and debrief the whole event the next morning.

    We welcome feedback from others working to help libraries build concrete staff skills to expand the ways they engage their communities.

  3. We’ve trained more than a dozen Austin Public Library staff members in the Conversation Corps model of dialogue, with the aim that they will ultimately host dialogue on local issues in their libraries.

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