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Please Complete a 2-Minute Survey on a Training Opportunity!

2014 September 2
by Jennifer Peters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is considering bringing the Harwood Institute’s Public Innovators Lab for Libraries to Texas in May of 2015. The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, which is an initiative of ALA and the Harwood Institute, is an intensive three-day training in the “turning outward” practice.

“Turning outward” emphasizes a shift in orientation from internal (library-focused) to external (community-focused). This change is achieved through practical steps: taking measures to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make your library‘s work more community-focused; being proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.

TSLAC would be sponsoring this event, making it free to public and academic Texas library staff. (You would be responsible for travel costs.)

Please know that there are a lot of unknowns at this time—final location, specific dates, etc. But we want to hear from you—would you please take 2 minutes to complete this survey so that we can determine if there is enough general interest to move ahead?

Here’s a link to the survey:

This survey is time-sensitive. So please respond now or before September 9.

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  1. September 2, 2014

    Hi Jennifer,

    I realize that the workshop/training is not a finalized function yet however, in considering the three day workshop possibility from the Harwood Institute I wish to stress the need for this to be given online especially for more remote (as in remotely located from the two cities options given on the survey) locations like Odessa, El Paso, Amarillo, Lubbock and Corpus Christi. Travel is very, very costly and burdensome for many of the libraries in need of this type of workshop.
    Having such an significant, but short event or training and then only offering it in one city in a state the size of Texas is so totally restricting on so many other communities who really could not be within reach of the one or even two cities given as choices in the survey.

    Kind regards,
    Bobbie Williams

  2. Thea Blair permalink
    September 3, 2014

    Hi Bobbie, and thank you for your comment. I will forward your input about the potential Harwood Institute workshop to Jennifer Peters to make sure she receives it.

    Thea Blair
    Manager, Continuing Education & Consulting
    Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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