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Public and School Libraries Join Forces for Success – Libraries Turn Outward

As part of ALA’s The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative Ohio welcomed Richard Harwood, Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan for Libraries Turn Outward sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and NEO-RLS.  The September 24, event provided the perfect opportunity for public and school libraries to join forces for success. Melissa Latanzi of NEO-RLS, Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio, and Maureen Sullivan welcomed the nearly 100 public and school librarians in attendance.  Richard Harwood opened his keynote with these words “Communities need libraries more than any other time.”  He laid out the three essential values and discussed how libraries can turn outward to their communities.  Following Harwood’s presentation, Sullivan interviewed Anne Liller, Manager of Urban Branches of the Public Library of Youngstown, about the Youngstown Experience.  Later in the day, Ohio’s school librarians and public librarians worked in small teams and pairs to discuss ways in which they can turn outward together and create strategy, goals, and sustainability with Sullivan facilitating. Visit ALA for more information on this initiative  To see photos of the event go to OELMA’s Facebook page.