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TURNING OUTWARD INITIATIVE

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Applications to participate in the Turning Outward initiative are now being accepted via SurveyMonkey.  
For more information about the program and its requirements, review the applicant guidelines carefully before submitting an application.  Also, review the print version of the application in order to be prepared to complete the online version in one session.

TIMELINE

Applications are due Friday, September 15, 2017.
 
Applicants that they have been selected will be notified by Friday, October 6, 2017.

The initial training event, the Public Innovators Lab, will be held on November 7-9, 2017 at The Atherton Hotel in State College, PA.
 

BACKGROUND

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has engaged The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to work with up to 20 competitively-selected Pennsylvania public libraries from November 2017 through September 2019 to understand and implement Harwood’s ‘turning outward’ approach toward making decisions about library services and resources.
 
The intent of the Turning Outward initiative is to:
  • Develop library organizations and staff who are Turned Outward—where the community is the reference point for making decisions;
  • Generate strategies and actions that make public libraries more relevant and significant in the life of the community, and seeks to address local financial concerns;
  • Forge partnerships and relationships that make community a common enterprise;
  • Instill a more vibrant, outward-looking culture.
For questions about the Turning Outward initiative, email ra-edturningoutward@pa.gov
  

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IMLS FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This project is made possible by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.